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Welcome to the Spore FAQ were you will be able to find out everything about spore, if you wish to read a walkthrough head over to our three main walkthroughs:

Spore Walkthrough – Space Stage

Spore Walkthrough – Terraforming and spice production

Spore Walkthrough – Warmongering

Sporedum List of Achievments


*1.0 Spore FAQ index

*1.1 What is spore?

*1.2 Who is developing Spore?

*1.4 Do I need an Internet connection to play Spore?

*1.8 How will Spore’s SecuROM and DRM effect me, how many times can i install it?

*1.5 Which platforms is Spore available on?

*1.6 When will Spore be released?

*1.7 Is Spore Single player or Multiplayer?

*1.3 Will I be required to pay each month to play?

*1.9 Will Spore have expansions?

*1.10 What achievments are there in spore?

*2.0 Spore Gameplay basic questions

*2.1 How does evolution tie into the game?

*2.2 Will I be able to share my creatures with others?

*2.3 What are the different phases of evolution in Spore?

*2.4 What kind of creatures can I create in Spore?

*2.5 What is the depth in the space stage?

*2.6 Can I control a fleet of Spaceships in the space stage?

*3.0 System Requirements

*3.1 PC system requirements

*3.2 Mac system requirements

*4.0 Spore Troubleshooting

*4.1 Spore troubleshooting

*4.2 Spore Creature Creator Troubleshooting


*1.1 What is spore?

Spore is Will Wright’s new simulation masterpiece. Spore will allow players to start off a small cell organism and work with this organism until it grows into a full-fledged creature either by aggression(carnivore), by peace (herbivore) or both (omnivore), then it gain sentience, and when it conquers its home planet capable of making a spaceship and explore thousands of planets!

*1.2 Who is developing Spore?

Will Wright’s team, at Maxis (owned by EA, who is one directing behind the scenes).

*1.4 Do I need an Internet connection to play Spore?

No, not at all. But using it online lets you download custom user created content. But on the CD when it is released, there will be more than enough creatures, items, vehicles etc to keep you happy (2,000 over all categories). As each creature’s data file size is just a few KB, just a few MB’s of creature data is more than enough to hold thousands of different creatures.

*1.8 How will Spore’s SecuROM and DRM effect me, how many times can i install it?

EA is implementing a new Internet-based digital rights management system, known as SecuROM (secure ROM). What does it do? Not only does it install itself to your computer without a word of notification (EA is being sued over this) as well as disable your firewall, dvd drives and cd/dvd burning software. It limits you to installing your game on your PC’s and/or Mac’s up to 5 times. Originally 3 installations were permitted, however that has been upped to 5. This is 5 installs on 5 separate computers, and as Ars showed you can install it multiple times on one computer and only use up one activation, you will soon also be able to de-authorize your install of Spore effectively letting you have it installed on 5 computers at any one time. This is supposed to prevent piracy and illegal downloads from being played on personal computers, somewhat after the fact, however Spore has been the most pirated game ever, despite harsh DRM. Please be careful! EA hasn’t been lenient with this matter, so be sure to keep their DRM in mind when installing your product more than once.

*1.5 Which platforms is Spore available on?

Currently Spore is available for the PC, Mac hybrid. Alternative versions were released for DS and mobile phone, which includes a special iPhone version the DS version only includes the creature phase, and the mobile phone version is about the tide pool phase. A Wii version is also under development, though on a smaller scale.

*1.6 When will Spore be released?

Spore was released September the 7th globally, on all platforms.

*1.7 Is Spore Single player or Multiplayer?

Spore is considered to be a “massively single-player game”. Because the game is single-player, what you do does not directly effect other players of Spore. However, players will be able to upload to a central database which will allow others to download your creatures, buildings and vehicles.

*1.3 Will I be required to pay each month to play?

Spore requires a once of payment to get the game, there are no more additional costs except for expansions.

*1.9 Will Spore have expansions?

Spore Currently has one parts pack called Creepy and Cute, and a expansion based around Space exploration on planets will be released early next year.

*1.10 What achievments are there in spore?

Sporedum’s Achievement Page contains all the achievments in spore.

Spore Gameplay basic questions

*2.1 How does evolution tie into the game?

The game seemingly breaks down into several parts. From a multi-cell creature, to a land based creature, to a member of a tribe, to a thriving city, and into space! It uses a evolution timeline with the creature stage taking over a billion years.

*2.2 Will I be able to share my creatures with others?

Yes. “Spore” will have a system in place that allows you to download new content without even having to leave the game, you can find the full Sporepedia here.

*2.3 What are the different phases of evolution in Spore?

The stages are: Cell, Creature, Tribal, Civilization, and Space.

*2.4 What can I create in Spore?

The list of things you can create are split into four different catagories each having sub options.

Creatures – Creatures and multi-celled creatures.

Clothing – Tribal, Civilization and Space clothing.

Buildings – Townhalls, factories, houses and entertainment buildings.

Vehicles – Car, Boat, Plane and a Spaceship

*2.5 What is the depth in the space stage?

The Space stage contains the most depth, with thousands of randomly generated stars and possibly million of planets you can never take over the whole Galaxy.

*2.6 Can I control a fleet of Spaceships in the space stage?

No. The Space stage is not a strategy game, it is a sandbox game, however before the patch, you got attacked constantly by enemy UFO’s. You control a single UFO, but that is able to do literally ANYTHING. You can create or destroy whole civilizations, species, terrains, etc. You can even blow up whole planets (WARNING: this will make all civilizations hate you more)! You can, however, ask up to 5 of your alliances to follow you with their UFO.

System Requirements

*3.1 PC system requirements

    • * 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • * 512 MB RAM
    • * A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • * At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.
    • * 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
    • * 768 MB RAM
    • * A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
    • * At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.
    • When launching the game, some Microsoft Vista users may receive a warning about running out of address space along with a link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base. If you see this message, it is recommended that you follow the instructions and go to the website listed in the message to update your system.
    • For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
    • * Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above.
    • * 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.
    • * 768 MB RAM
    • Supported Video Cards
    • NVIDIA GeForce series
    • FX 5900, FX 5950
    • 6200, 6500, 6600, 6800,
    • 7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
    • 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
    • 9600, 9800, GTX 260, GTX 280
    • Intel® Extreme Graphics
    • GMA 950, GMA X3000, GMA X3100
    • ATI Radeon™ series
    • 9500, 9600, 9800
    • X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
    • X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
    • 2400, 2600, 2900
    • 3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
    • 4850
    • Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slowly. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts, such as the 945GU, GML, and GMS, will not perform adequately.
    • Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants will have low settings selected, but should run satisfactorily.
    • Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn’t listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.
    • The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.

*3.2 Mac system requirements

  • Spore requires at least the following:
  • * Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
  • * Intel Core Duo Processor
  • * 1024 MB RAM
  • * ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
  • * At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.
  • This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).
  • For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
  • * Intel Integrated Chipset GMA X3100
  • * Dual 2.0GHz CPUs, or 1.7GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • Supported Video Cards
  • NVIDIA GeForce series
  • 7300, 7600, 8600, 8800
  • ATI Radeon™ series
  • X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600
  • Intel® Extreme Graphics
  • GMA X3100
  • This game will not run on the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.

Spore Troubleshooting

*4.1 Spore troubleshooting

Q: What browser should I use for spore.com?

A. We try to test on a variety of browsers and the ones our site will work best on are:

  • Firefox 2, 3 (for Mac or PC)
  • IE 7 (for PC)
  • Safari (for Mac)

Other browsers (IE6, IE8 Beta, Opera, Chrome, etc.) should be functional, but may not always be perfect aesthetically. We apologize for any inconvenience. Browsers are coming out faster than we can test on – but we are doing our best.

Q: When I install the Patch, all iterations of my saved creatures show up in my Sporepedia. How can I prevent this from happening?

A: Prior to installing the patch, we recommend saving to another location the ServerCache.package found in your Application Data folder. Start the Spore Creature Creator and open the Sporepedia so that it can reindex your creations. Close the game, and add back your saved ServerCache.package. Open the game and your Sporepedia should display correctly.

Some of you may have experienced some issues with the Spore Creature Creator. As we work to address these issues, please look here to find solutions.

Q: My game crashes after seeing the EA logo when the EA download manager is running.

A: To resolve this issue, you’ll need to update the EADM DMCmdPortalClient.dll file.

  • 1. Go to C:\Program Files\Electronic Arts\SPORE\Sporebin
  • 2. Delete the file named DMCmdPortalClient.dll
  • 3. Replace this file with the updated version found here. If you do not replace this file, your Spore Creature Creator won’t be able to patch itself.
  • 9. Try starting the Spore Creature Creator again.

Note: If you’ve already uninstalled EADM, you can reinstall it by clicking here. Then, follow the steps above to replace DMCmdPortalClient.dll with the updated version. Without the EADM, your game won’t be able to patch itself. Even if you do not choose to run EADM regularly, you’ll need to run it when an important patch becomes available.

Q: I’ve installed the Spore Creature Creator, but I don’t know how to start it. Is there a shortcut somewhere?

A: On vista machines, open your Start menu and go to All Programs > Games > Games Explorer and double click on Spore Creature Creator.

Q: I published my creature, but I don’t see it on the website Sporepedia. Where did it go?

A: Does your creature’s name contain the ! character? Remove it from the name and try to publish again.

Q: Several creatures are in My Spore Creations\Creatures folder, but aren’t available for loading in the game. How can I publish these and make them available?

A: This may be the result of the game not shutting down properly. As we look into a fix, you can follow these steps to restore your creatures.

  • 1. Go to the Spore application data directory:
  • Vista users: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Spore Creature Creator\
  • XP users: C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Spore Creature Creator\
  • Mac users: Users\\Library\Preferences\Spore Creature Creator Preferences\p_drive\User\Application Data\SporeCreatureCreator\
  • 2. Delete these two files: GraphicsCache.Package and ServerCache.Package
  • 3. Run the game. You should see your lost creatures restored in the Sporepedia under “Everything”
  • 4. To share them, open them in the editor and make any small change. Save and publish.

Q: I see duplicate versions of my creature in the Sporepedia online. How can I avoid this?

A: Due to the load on our servers, publication time can occasionally be lengthy. If you don’t get a confirmation that your creation is shared, don’t immediately click the share button again – this can result in duplicate publications. Instead, wait up to two minutes. If you still don’t see a confirmation that your creation has been successfully shared, log out, then log back in and try again.

Q: I upgraded from the trial to the full version, but when I try to login using my existing account I get an internal application error. How can I login?

A: You may need to have your password reset by Customer Service. Contact them here.

*4.2 Spore Creature Creator Troubleshooting

Q: The creations I’ve made aren’t appearing online. How can I make these visible on the website?

A: Once you’ve logged in and created a creature, you will need to publish your creations to show them to others. Select the creature you want to share in The Sporepedia and click on the ‘share’ button at the bottom of the Sporepedia to publish your creature.

Q: I see the following message when trying to login. How can I login successfully?

The email address and password don’t match anything in our system. Please try again; if you continue to have problems, please contact Customer Support.

A: If you try to login and you’ve gotten this message, you may already have an EA account. If this is the case, you need to login with the email address and password that you used to create your EA Account. All you need to do is create a Spore screen name.

If you’ve forgotten your EA Account password, visit our authorization help pageand select “Recover forgotten password”, then enter your email address. Your lost password will be sent to your email address, and you can use it to successfully login.

Q: How will I be able to control content sharing in my Spore game?

A: First of all, the Spore Creature Creator does not automatically share content. To open another player’s creature in your Spore Creature Creator you can download it from http://www.spore.com or drag the png file to your desktop and then onto the dias of your Spore Creature Creator once you have opened the application.

When Spore the full game ships, there are a number of features we’ve developed that will help you control what content ends up in your game or Sporepedia.

1. Sharing is optional. You can play offline and use only content that you or Maxis created.

2. You can enable the Buddies Only option in the Spore OnlineSettings options. With this setting on, only content from Spore players that you designate as Buddies in your Sporepedia will show up in your game.

3. You can Create and Subscribe to Sporecasts, which are collections of Spore content. Your game will be biased to select content from the Sporecasts that you’re subscribed to.

4. If you do elect to have open sharing on, you can immediately Ban any content that appears in your game or Sporepedia with a simple click. This will delete the copy of that content from your computer as well as send a message to our servers. We review and address banned content regularly.

Q: Will my creatures be imported into the full retail Spore game at launch?

A: Yes. The creatures you make with the Spore Creature Creator can be imported into the full retail version of Spore.

Q: What can I do with the Spore Creature Creator?

A: It works exactly like the Spore Creature Creator in Spore.

Players can create an unlimited number of creatures, play with them in a test area, capture movies and screens of their creatures and send emails of their creatures to their friends.

If you have anything you want to add just comment and it will be added.

Version 0.1.0

Thanks to the following sites in the helping of compiling this FAQ:






They can use these creatures in the final game when it ships this September.


4 Responses to “Spore FAQ”

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    best regards

  2. me said

    Will all of the creatures i created from creature creator be automaticly imported to the full version when launched. if so can i play as theese creatures myself?

  3. ballightning said

    They should be automatically imported.

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