by: Nichole Bolton
; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz
; updated: 4/17/2012
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Spore Galactic Adventures has an entertaining mix of simple, yet charming and engaging game play, a deep and intuitive adventure creator, and one of the best online communities for sharing your new creations. Spore Galactic Adventures is a new direction for video game expansions.
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The Good Parts
Spore Galactic Adventures has a fantastic adventure creation ability that inspires the imagination to take unique and charming flights of fancy that can keep you happily occupied for hundreds of hours creating adventures other gamers can download and play. The new creation tools help to successfully bring the charm and style of Spore's creature stage to the space stage.
Leveling-up my Captain during the in-game adventures included in Spore Galactic Adventures was fun, engaging, and entertaining and takes the game play in an interesting and potentially trend setting direction.
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The Bad Parts
The new adventure creation tools included with Spore Galactic Adventures are the best I have used in a video game but they do have their limitations that you have to learn through trial and error. Once you get up the steep learning curve of using this robust and deep creation ability this game takes off and never let's go.
The collision detection of Spore Galactic Adventures is really sensitive and moving around in some of the more cluttered environments can be extremely frustrating and difficult to achieve. In addition, using the 'Follow' command is almost impossible because of path finding problems that usually end in your commands not being followed correctly.
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The Graphical Picture
Spore Galactic Adventures has the same cute, charming, and extremely appealing graphical presentation as the original title. All the characters and creatures in the game have a unique look and feel to them that makes interacting with them one of the most entertaining parts of the game-play. The colors are amazing abd vibrant in all the planetary environments, all the animations are smooth and wonderful to watch, and they included nice special effects that can be added to the adventures you create.
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Sounds in the Game
The simple, yet amazingly charming and hysterical sound effects included in Spore Galactic Adventures is actually one of the more entertaining aspects. All the creatures, characters, weapons, and other objects you interact with have their own unique sounds that will make you smile each time you hear them.
The sound track of Spore Galactic Adventures is lighthearted and upbeat and rises and falls nicely at key moments to enhance the action occurring during the adventures you'll undertake. They have done a wonderful job of picking the correct type of music for this game and they obviously put a lot of time and thought into this aspect of the entertainment value of the production.
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Spore Galactic Adventures is a video game adventure that never has to stop and once you play you'll be able to continue your adventure as long as you want online. There are already lots of developer-commissioned adventures for gamers to try and more being are created every day, so this video game adventure just never stops.
As you level up your Captain there are an amazing amount of things to do: you earn points to use to improve your Captain, and choose from a deep and satisfying variety of cool upgrades to equip your character. New, funny, and useful weapons, social accessories that will make you laugh, and even armor to protect you during your planetary interactions. The game play and design gives you a wonderful, satisfying, and highly entertaining sense of progression that makes improving your Captain a riot.
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The Final Word
Spore Galactic Adventures is a wonderful direction for video game expansions to take. The ability to create your own adventures and have them integrated into the online world of Spore makes this expansion the best I have seen in this genre. The potential of this series for the future is actually enhanced by this expansion, which isn't something we can say about many expansions being developed these days.