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17 Games Like Spore You Definitely Need to Play

Games Like Spore

Spore is one of the best classic PC games out there; there’s no doubt about it. For the OGs that have been playing it since it came out waaay back in 2008, I don’t think there’s a type of civilization you haven’t seen yet! As impressive as it is that you’ve been playing the same game for 15 years (somehow), at this point, you’re probably looking for something new to play.

How does one find a new game to play that gives them the same (but different, you get it) experience they’ve come to know and love with Spore? Simple, they read through this list! We’ve rounded up seventeen games here that are just like Spore (and maybe a few even better, dare I say), which you absolutely need to try. Without further ado, let’s get into it with:

1. Spore Hero

Spore Hero

First things first, let’s talk about the Spore spin-offs and what you’re in store for with them. Spore Hero is a super cool spin-off of the Spore series that was released exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in 2009! While it shares some similarities with the original Spore game, there are a couple of changes here that make it totally awesome in its own way, too.

In Spore Hero, you get to control a single creature and take on exciting action-adventure challenges filled with combat and platforming! You’ll be greeted with the familiar joy of playing as your own awesome, customizable video game hero.

Now, I kind of felt that Spore Hero doesn’t have the same level of customization options as the original Spore game, but it does still allow you to create and customize your very own creature to take on all sorts of thrilling challenges! Given that it’s made for the Wii, it’s understandable that the devs had to leave a bit of things out to make it work.

If you’re looking for an alternative to your favorite game, Spore Hero is unmatched because it’s literally almost the same game! It’s available only on the Wii, though, which might actually be a plus for people who were already looking for a reason to get one.

2. Spore Hero Arena

Spore Hero Arena

Yet another spin-off, the devs for Spore really couldn’t get enough of their own game, just like their loyal fans: us! Spore Hero Arena came out for the Nintendo DS this time, about a year after the original Spore.

If I had to describe it in a nutshell, it’s a lot like Spore and Spore Hero had a baby, and that baby was also really good at battling other creatures in space! The best part of this game, for me, was its multiplayer focus that allows you to battle against other players locally or online, or even team up with your buddy for co-op challenges.

As a Nintendo DS game, it’s to be expected that Spore Hero Arena doesn’t have the same level of depth as the other Spore games. But, as I quickly and delightfully found out, it’s still a great option for fans of the series who are looking for a fun and engaging multiplayer experience.

So, if you’re ready to take on the galaxy with your custom creature and its spaceship all on a Nintendo DS, Spore Hero Arena is perfect for you. Just remember, when in doubt, add more tentacles!

3. Kerbal Space Program

Kerbal Space Program

Moving on to our first non-Spore entry, we have Kerbal Space Program. Here, you have an epic space exploration game that lets you build and launch your very own spacecraft! You get to design and pilot your ships through the vastness of space, exploring new planets and discovering new frontiers. Just writing about this game makes me excited to play it again!

When I first played this game, it definitely showed a lot in common with Spore, especially in the way you get to create and customize your own ships and explore new worlds. But, as I found out very quickly, Kerbal Space Program takes the Spore formula to a whole new level of realism and complexity.

But don’t worry; it’s not all serious science and engineering – there’s plenty of fun and humor to be had in the Kerbal Space Program, too! The game features cute little creatures called Kerbals who pilot your ships, and they have a tendency to get into all sorts of hilarious mishaps along the way just to keep the game light-hearted and fun. If that sounds like your next (kinda) nerdy adventure, you can play KSP on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and more.

4. Thrive

Thrive

People love Thrive because it lets them explore the wonders of evolution and science. But me? I love Thrive because it lets me play as a microbe and no longer have to worry about a job or responsibilities or anything, just vibes!

In Thrive, you start off as a simple microbe and evolve into a more complex creature, navigating challenges along the way like predation and environmental changes. What I found to be really awesome is that it allows you to customize and develop your creatures in a really deep way, from their genetics to their behavior and abilities. It hits the same spot for me that Spore did, and that’s one of the best parts about the game!

Thrive is compared to Spore pretty often, but I think Thrive takes things to a whole new level by offering a more realistic and science-based approach to evolution and survival. This sounds like it’s perfect for anyone who’s interested in biology and ecology and wants to learn more about the wonders of the natural world, but I think it’s perfect for pretty much any Spore fan, too! You can play Thrive on Windows and Linux only, though, so you better be comfortable with some PC gaming action.

5. Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy

Picture this: you’re a tiny little prince, and your dad, the King of All Cosmos, has accidentally destroyed all the stars in the sky. To fix this cosmic mess, you have to roll up everything you can find into a giant ball (called a “Katamari”) until it’s big enough to become a new star! Sounds easy, right? Wait, no, it doesn’t, and it’s really not because you start off rolling up tiny objects like pencils and candy and eventually end up rolling up entire buildings and even mountains!

As for similarities to Spore, well, let’s just say they’re both games that defy description and have a cult following of fans. But while Spore is all about creating and evolving your own creatures, Katamari Damacy is all about rolling up everything in sight and causing chaos on a massive scale. It’s like Godzilla meets the Hoarders TV series, with a healthy dose of Japanese quirkiness thrown in for good measure to really complete the Godzilla analogy (I’m just validating myself at this point).

6. No Man’s Sky

No Man’s Sky

Did you know that in No Man’s Sky, there’s a rare chance that you can stumble upon giant sandworms that are over 300 feet long?! Yup, you read that right – giant freakin’ sandworms! Just when you thought this game couldn’t get any cooler, they throw in a bunch of crazy creatures that would make even Dune jealous.

No Man’s Sky got off to a rocky start at launch, but the devs have done a stellar job of making the game what it was always supposed to be (I highly recommend watching Internet Historian’s video on it). The game has a really deep crafting and survival system and allows you to explore an entire galaxy, going from planet to planet and building bases wherever you want. It’s one of the most ambitious open-world (open universe?) games I’ve ever played, and it’s an absolute joy to experience!

Comparing it to Spore, you’ll see that both games involve exploring and discovering new worlds, but No Man’s Sky takes things to a whole new level by offering a nearly infinite number of procedurally generated planets to explore. And while Spore focuses more on creating and evolving your own creatures, No Man’s Sky lets you encounter and interact with a vast array of bizarre and exotic life forms that already exist in the game, such as the giant sandworm from earlier.

No Man’s Sky is a must-try for every Spore fan (and gamer, in general), and you can try it now on the Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, or PC, so there are plenty of options.

7. Endless Space

Endless Space

One of the coolest things you can do in Endless Space is create your own custom race and act as their space overlord while guiding them through the ups and downs of space exploration and conquest! I felt a lot like the captain of my own starship, leading my crew to glory.

Apart from guiding your crew through endless space, you’re also going to be researching new technologies, upgrading your fleet, and engaging in epic battles with rival empires. These battles are truly something to behold, too: you get to command your fleet of ships as they engage in intense space combat against enemy forces.

There’s a whole variety of weapons and abilities at your disposal, and you’ll be using them to outmaneuver and outgun your opponents. Oh, and here’s the best part, you can even board and capture enemy vessels to add to your own fleet in proper space-pirate style! You can play Endless Space on a PC only, which includes Windows and Mac.

8. Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion

Sins of a Solar Empire has everything a strategy God gamer wants: you get customization, tons of weapons, massive starbases, and of course, a ton of battles to lead them into! The best part of this game, for me, has to be the massive scale battles in this game, where you get to command your own fleet of warships with just one objective in mind: obliterate the enemy.

Coming from Spore, you’re going to love the familiar focus on strategy! But that’s kind of where the similarities end. You see, Spore is more about creating and evolving your own creatures, while Sins of a Solar Empire likes the part where we command fleets of warships and conquer the galaxy through brute force. It’s like comparing apples and oranges, or in this case, spaceships and alien critters!

If you ask me, though, I think that’s the perfect alternative for a Spore fan that’s feeling a bit burnt out! I love that in gaming, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re into space battles or creature creation. If you want to try Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, you can find it on your nearest Windows PC.

9. Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution

Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution

This game lets you do the kind of things that lead to apocalypses and events like Skynet taking over the world. Except it’s more like an alien, less like evil artificial intelligence (I’m still watching you, ChatGPT). In Species, I had an incredible amount of fun with the fact that I could create my own virtual creatures and then watch them evolve and adapt over time. I mean, you can even tweak the genetics of your creatures to give them new abilities and traits; how cool is that?

That might sound like character customization with extra steps, but here’s the kicker: your creatures can actually evolve in unexpected ways that you might not have predicted. For example, you might create a creature with a certain set of traits, but over time it might mutate and develop new abilities that you never would have thought possible.

Now, when it comes to similarities with Spore, both games definitely share a love for strategy, creature creation, and evolution. In Spore, you get to guide your creature through different stages of development and watch as it evolves and changes, while in Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution, you’ll get to create a whole ecosystem of creatures and see how they interact and evolve over time.

Spore fans are going to feel right at home with this one, so if you’re interested in giving it a go, you can try it out on Windows, Mac, and even Linux!

10. Eufloria

Eufloria

I hope you’ve got your space suit on because it’s time to blast off into the world of Eufloria! One unique thing I love about this game is its peaceful, soothing atmosphere, which is a nice change of pace from other, more frantic, and action-packed games. In Eufloria, you play as a space-faring entity that cultivates and grows its own network of trees and flowers to expand across the galaxy. No more boring old Earth gardening! Just kidding, I love all kinds of gardening.

Now, if you’re a Spore fan, you might be thinking, “Hey, that sounds a lot like the Cell and Creature stages of Spore!” And you’d be right! Both games share a love for evolution and growth as you start out small and work your way up to becoming a dominant force in the galaxy.

But of course, I did mention the peaceful atmosphere of Eufloria, and that means you no longer have to worry about battling other creatures or defending yourself against hostile forces. Instead, you can focus on expanding your own network of plants and exploring the galaxy at your own pace.

It’s like a Zen garden in space, where you can sit back, relax, and watch your creations grow and flourish! To play Eufloria, you’ll need a Windows PC or your phone, whichever you prefer.

11. Plague Inc.

Plague Inc.

Ever wondered how Covid spread from just one person to the literal, entire world? Well, wonder no more; here’s your chance to try it yourself! There’s no way you won’t love Plague Inc., it’s like playing Dr. Evil and trying to take over the world, one infectious sneeze at a time.

And that’s just one of the reasons why it’s such a popular game – I personally just love the idea of being able to create my own virus and see how it spreads and mutates (muahaha).

Spore and Plague are pretty alike in many ways, the first being the fact that you have to guide your creature or virus through different stages of development. Focusing on evolution and adaptation is where the similarities end, though. That’s because while Spore is all about building and creating, Plague Inc. is all about destroying and infecting! Think of Plague as Spore’s evil twin, with a love for contagion instead of creation.

Plague has had a bunch of sequels since the first game, and you can play all of them on PC and some even on your phone.

12. Civilization VI

Civilization VI

My friends and I picked this game up for free on the Epic Store a while ago (hey, free’s free, okay?), and I could not believe how people weren’t absolutely raving about it! I mean, they kinda always were, but not in my circles.

Okay, so when it comes to epic, turn-based strategy games, Civilization VI is in a league of its own. This game allows you to build your own civilization from the ground up, starting with a small tribe of settlers and eventually expanding into a powerful empire that dominates the world. With a massive tech tree to unlock, different leaders to choose from, and countless ways to win, Civilization VI offers a depth of gameplay that I just haven’t seen anywhere else!

Sound familiar? Yup, it’s a lot like the Civilization stage in Spore! Both games definitely share love and focus on growing a civilization from scratch, which honestly has to be the best stage of any strategy game. The part where these two take different paths is that Spore is about exploring new planets and encountering strange creatures; Civ 6 puts you in a world of diplomacy, trade, and of course, war.

Civilization VI is playable on a bunch of platforms which include PC, PlayStation, Xbox, Mobile, and Switch.

13. Osmos

Osmos

I’m gonna need you guys to hold on to your microscopes for this one because Osmos is about to take you on a wild ride! In this physics-based puzzle game, you get to be a tiny organism swimming around and gobbling up other tiny organisms, kinda like Agar.io. Your goal, as you can probably guess, is being the king of the petri dish!

Don’t let the cute graphics fool you, though – Osmos is no easy game. You’ll need to use all your brainpower to outmaneuver the competition, all while dealing with wacky forces like gravity and fluid dynamics. It’s almost like the mad scientist from Cut the Rope: Experiments tried his hand at a strategy-puzzle game!

Now, you can definitely compare Osmos to Spore due to their shared focus on microscopic life. But, while Spore is all about evolving and adapting, Osmos is more about careful strategy and puzzle-solving. They’re pretty similar, but at the same time, they’re their own thing, you know?

If you’re looking for a different take on the microscopic life theme, Osmos is your game! It’s playable on PC and Mobile, including every operating system you can think of on them.

14. Black & White

Black & White

Black & White? More like Black & WHAT?! This game is an absolute wild ride of godlike powers and animal companions where you get to be the ultimate deity, smiting your enemies and performing miracles left and right!

Did I mention it also features a lovable creature companion who will help you out and follow your every command? It’s like having your very own personal pet – if your pet could lift boulders and hurl them at your foes. Pokémon, that’s the word I’m looking for; you get a Pokémon!

Comparing this game to Spore, the two games do share one key feature: the ability to evolve and adapt. In Spore, you get that in the form of shaping your creature’s evolution over time, while in Black & White, you get to influence your creature’s behavior and abilities through your actions as a god.

If you’re a Spore fan looking for a game where you get to play God and shape the destiny of your creations, you have to give Black & White a try! Just keep an eye out for the rival gods, though – they’re always trying to steal your thunder (literally). The game is available on PC, which includes Mac as well as Windows, so you’re set with any PC you have.

15. Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures

Listen up, fellow animal lovers (wait, not like that), because this game is about to blow your mind. The gameplay is simple: you get to mix and match all sorts of animals to create your own custom-made creatures. Want a lion with wings? You got it. How about a shark with tentacles? No problemo! The sheer creativity is the most lovable part of this game for me; it takes me back to the days of Dragon City and other games we used to play as kids on Facebook (don’t judge me, I was ten).

You’re probably wondering, “Why create these creatures?” “What do I do with them?” I’m so glad you asked because, like any normal Frankenstein creator, you’re going to be taking them into battle against other crazy hybrid creatures! This is basically the core gameplay: you’ll need to gather resources, build structures, and create your animal army, all while outsmarting your opponents.

Compared to Spore, it’s pretty obvious that the two games are quite similar since they’re both about creating things! Aaand that’s where the similarities end. As you’ll note quickly, Impossible Creatures is more focused on real-time strategy gameplay, where you create and command armies of hybrid animals in battles against your opponents. In Spore, you were more focused on creating and guiding your creature through evolution, all the way to the point where it can gain the capability to space travel!

If Impossible Creatures sounds like the destination of your next adventure, you can play it on any Windows PC (sorry, Mac users, you’ll have to sit this one out).

16. Creatures Exodus

Creatures Exodus

Did you know that in Creatures Exodus, you can teach your creatures to speak? You pretty much just give your little critters their own language and watch them communicate with each other in their own unique way! Who knows, maybe they’re plotting a rebellion against you? As a famous character once said, “Those chickens are up to something…”

The gameplay of Creatures Exodus is also just as wild and unpredictable as the creatures themselves! You’ll need to care for your little creatures, feeding them, playing with them, and even teaching them new skills. Sounds cute, right? That’s exactly what they want you to think! These creatures have a mind of their own and can be quite mischievous at times, so you’re gonna need to sleep with one eye open.

As a Spore fan, you’ll love that both games involve nurturing and guiding your own creatures, but the focus and mechanics are quite different, which is where the unique spin of Creatures Exodus comes in. Coming from Spore, you’ll be familiar with space exploration, but in Creatures Exodus, the focus shifts completely to survival and a more day-to-day approach toward things.

So, if you’re up for a challenge and want to see what kind of zany creatures you can create, give Creatures Exodus a try! It’s available on PC, including Classic Mac OS.

17. Evolva

Evolva

Creature creation and genetic engineering have become a bit of a pattern, don’t you think? That pattern’s going to be continuing with Evolva because now you’re going to be the overlord of a squad of genetically engineered warriors! Each and every one of these warriors are going to have their own abilities and attributes, and it’s up to you, their supreme leader, to guide them through levels and fight off enemy creatures.

Along the way, you’ll be collecting a bunch of genetic material, which is how you improve your warriors to make them even better at kicking alien butt! I personally loved the fact that the gameplay is fast-paced; it really appeals to the short attention span that everyone has nowadays. Now that I think about it, that may not be the best thing in the long term… But that’s a problem for future me!

Coming from Spore, you’re no stranger to genetic modification and evolution, of course. That’s what you’re going to find a lot of in Evolva, but there’s a lot more, too! The gameplay in Evolva is much more of a tactical shooter than it is a simulator, and you’re going to be spending most of your time in combat and action.

So, if you’ve been looking for something that still lets you create and evolve your creatures, but would want to go into battle with them, too, then Evolva is perfect for you! You can play the game on Windows only for now.

That’s the last game on the list, which turned out to be a lot longer than I initially expected! Of course, as it goes with everything on the internet nowadays, it’s possible that I still missed something, so feel free to let me know your thoughts and suggestions down below. Until next time, have fun, and may the RNG Gods shower you with their blessings!

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