PC Review: Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack

Spore adds new body parts to play around with, but is it enough?

The Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack (Spore: C&C) includes over 100 new creature building components and animations themed in two distinct styles: cute/cartoon and scary/monster. Similar to the Sims 2 Stuff Pack series, the Parts pack adds new content aimed at creative users who want to further customize their creatures, and make the scariest monsters or cutest critters possible.

The new body parts can be used from the Creature phase onwards, and the resulting creatures can be uploaded to Sporepedia and shared with other players who have the C&C pack installed. Spore C&C can be installed onto either the Creature Creator Complete or the Spore full game.

Content in the C&C pack:

72 new body parts – 12 per palette (mouths, eyes, graspers, feet, limbs & details)
2 new creature editor backgrounds – 1 creepy & 1 cute
36 new paint scripts (12 base, 12 coat & 12 detail)
12 new paint themes
24 new test drive animations – 12 creepy & 12 cute

Spore delivered in letting users create their own creatures but the actual campaign was rather abrupt and short, disappointing a few fans. A few months later and the team have released the first content pack for the game which adds nothing more than a handful of new body parts and animations, fans of The Sims will know what to expect from these packs…but they don’t really add anything else to the experience other than cosmetics.

Because the addition is nothing more than a few digital items, it’s hard to say what it adds to the gameplay. Sure, it lets you make even more creatures who are creepy or cute, but that’s the limit of the pack. Yet, the pack is rather cheap at just £9.99 for over a 100 new items, which is a bargain in the extra content market.

Sims fans will have gone through this all before, so they know that the packs are usually worth the price of admission, even if it doesn’t fundamentally change the game. It’s easy to recommend to those who enjoyed Spore, but not so much for those who were disappointed by its rather short campaign. It does give you a chance to flex your creative muscle, but that’s all it has to offer. The new parts are well varied and I’m sure there will be many more to come in the near future, although Sims 3 is around the corner and will probably be the game where this stuff will sell better.

The Verdict

The Spore Creepy & Cute Parts Pack won’t wow fans or entice non-fans to give Spore another try, but it does offer a ton of new parts for a cheap price, despite the recession we find ourselves in. If you enjoy playing the part of Dr Frankenstein and making some weird creatures, then this pack might be right up your alley. Otherwise it’s hard to recommend.


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