PC World writes: "Spore was never meant to be all things to all people, and it's a hoot reading the mea culpas marching in from the folks who did the game such a disservice by hyping it so unreasonably. They're now calling Spore "different from what they expected." Well, what did they expect? The Sims meets Master of Orion? Dawn of War meets Impossible Creatures? Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking and Shigeru Miyamoto in a box? Will Wright (the game's creator) was never coy about his intentions here, calling Spore a casual game for casual players right from the start.
That said, and much as it's a pleasure for me to say I get it, the game's still a few chromosomes short of a genome. So I've pulled together the following list of eight mildly irritating imperfections. None were even close to deal-breakers (okay, point #1 was a three-time teeth-gnasher, but with PCs it's always a toughie to say whether crash-bugs are the game or your system) and a few probably reveal my own shortcomings as traditional (read: not casual) PC gamer. But they're at least the kinds of things Maxis needs to be thinking about as the game's sixth and uncredited "Patch Phase" gets underway."