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Spore Hero Arena review

Not quite heroic

For

  • Create your own creatures
  • Goofy
  • cartoony charm
  • Decent selection of minigames

Against

  • Small screen hampers visual impact
  • Whole game is rather dull
  • D-pad controls feel all wrong

Spore%26rsquo;s main %26lsquo;hook%26rsquo; %26ndash; the whole %26lsquo;design your own peculiar/amusing/offensive-looking creature%26rsquo; thing %26ndash; is a bit lost on DS, where the small screen hampers your foul creation%26rsquo;s visual impact. But the main problem with Spore Hero Arena isn%26rsquo;t that the detail of your creature is lost in a haze of pixels, but that the whole game is rather dull.

Having birthed some funny-looking animal, you jet around a galaxy visiting planets in search of new body parts and other collectables. There%26rsquo;s an emphasis on combat against other, similarly unsettling animals, but the scrappy D-pad controls feel all wrong. There are optional minigames, but they%26rsquo;re short and uninspired, and seeing your own bizarre creature-child galloping through them can%26rsquo;t change that.

Nov 2, 2009

More Info

GenreStrategy
Description<p>There are optional minigames, but they&#8217;re short and uninspired, and seeing your own bizarre creature-child galloping through them can&#8217;t change that.</p>
Franchise nameSpore
UK franchise nameSpore
PlatformDS
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating7+
Release date:6 October 2009 (US), 9 October 2009 (UK)
Available platforms:DS
Genre:Strategy
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