Spore Creatures is the Nintendo DS spin-off of Spore, developed by Foundation 9, in which a player controls and evolves a creature of their creation.
The game focuses on the Creature phase of the larger game, with elements of Nintendogs and Drawn to Life. Unlike the characters of Spore, creatures are completely 2D, but the environments remain 3D.
Spore Creatures is a more story-based game as the gamer plays a creature kidnapped by a UFO and forced to survive in a strange island over the course of 12 levels, when the game ends. The creature is created and modified in an editor, using points earned to give the creature different body parts and skills. The player is given 20 points at the start with which to build their initial creature.
The game focuses on survival, which includes finding food and eventually a mate, with mini-games such as singing and dancing for friend-making. A large part of the game involves collecting items, allowing players to earn 60 badges based on game moments and actions. The players can also perform side quests and play mini-games to unlock skills and 280 hidden creature parts, which are given to the player by other friendly creatures, akin to Animal Crossing. Some parts grant "Bio-Powers", such as a quick healing ability.
Combat consists of the player initiating the fight with another creature by selecting it to go into a one-on-one combat screen in which the creatures face off against each other.
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