SPORE is the latest brainchild from The Sims creator Will Wright. Described as a 'universe in a box', this ambitious PC project will allow you to foster the evolution of a species and then send them into the far reaches of the galaxy. Starting out with just a single microbe, the game tasks you with creating a thriving ecosystem that will eventually harbour a civilisation of intelligent creatures.
Everything in the game, from cities and vehicles to the inhabitants themselves, will be fully customisable, ensuring no two planets are exactly alike. And this is where the game gets interesting – SPORE takes place in a virtual MMO galaxy populated by other gamers. Every planet in the game will be the handiwork of another player. With the sprawling universe shared over SPORE's central servers, it will be possible to visit (or invade) other players' home worlds. But first you'll need to develop U.F.O technology.
For a glimpse at some of the planets and creatures that make up this fascinating game, check out the following slideshow.
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