The good old days are a glorious and wonderful thing (at the time they were, of course, a terrible time). Think back a couple of years ago or more (the Spectrum is six years old this year, by the way), and think of the software of the time, games like Knight Lore and Jet Set Willy for example. Well, Spore is one of those games which, if it had been around then, would have been instantly forgettable.
How many games have been collect-the-thingies-whilst-avoiding-the-nasty-thingies? Yes, too many to count, and Spore adds to that list. Simply move your small crappy character that looks like a spider doing aerobics and shoot all the small blocks. Boring, especially when you consider that there is no scrolling, terrible animation and the worst level of playability I have ever come across.
Reviewer: Tony Dillon
Generally, not very good, though the Dave Whittaker piece on the intro screen is quite nice.