And for all their mighty purpose, the first four phases of the game don’t always play brilliantly, and they’re too fleeting. Creature is the best place to experience other people’s work, for example, and while there’s nothing to stop you lingering or beginning again in Creature, there’s not enough in the repetitive gameplay to encourage this. Throughout the four there are myriad reasons to frown intermingled with the smiles: the Costume Creator is a bit crap; the Civ and Tribal phases are very lightweight and there are too many buildings to edit in Civ; the Creature Creator doesn’t let you make exactly the creature you want because your survival depends on parts that spoil the look.
Once again, Spore hits with a 9/10 score! Way to go Maxis!