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