Version: 3.0 || Release Date: 2010-01-01 || License: Shareware (55€) Developer: EA | App Owner: andrewdoumith

Spore is a multi-genre "massively single-player online game"5[6] developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright. It allows a player to control the evolution of a species from its beginnings as a unicellular organism, through development as an intelligent and social creature, to interstellar exploration as a spacefaring culture. It has drawn wide attention for its massive scope, and its use of open-ended gameplay and procedural generation.

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I have to agree with the rest of the comments, the game can be annoyingly slow at times, which i guess can be attributed to the emulation. But more severe is the fact that its plain boring, the thrill of customizing youre race is quickly wears off. The ingame help is just buggy and never properly explains some concepts. And once youve played thru the stages once there isnt much to make you wanna do it all over again. Its baffling that this game took as long to make as it did.

One more bad mistake from EA.

Expected so much more from a game that took this long 2 b released.

The updates crashes Macs.

So disapointing after civilization stage.


I have to admit, running issues aside... the game is just boring once you get to civilization. Boo... dropped it and never picked it up again.

@maclemon :
With the latest patch (version 1.01) the Macversion runs fine with Intel GMA 950, too. Even in a Macbook. It's a great game but well, the emulated Windowsversion sold as a Macversion is as slow as a snail...

What a big disappointment Spore for Mac is. It runs under Cedega just to show how lazy the programmers at EA are... Couldn't they port it to OpenGL? The game doesn't really require a high-end Mac if run on Windows under BootCamp, but try to run it on Leopard and everything cripples down... DRM is another kick in the teeth from EA...

The system requirements are higher on the Mac side because of the Cider overhead. Cider is based on Cedega which is based on a forked version of Wine.

If you look inside the application you'll find a Windows executable.

@maclemon Could it be that directx is more efficient than opengl? Not that I know any specifics tho

Interesting that the same game runs quite well with a GMA950 when running under Windows/BootCamp, but will not work with the same hardware under Mac OS X. Spore is deliberately crippled on the Mac. NOT the way to do it EA, Apple!

The DRM only annoys honest paying customers! This alone is a reason to not buy this game.