Conclusion: It is hardly ever worth backtracking though, and with that I have arrived at the first if only two negative things worth noting for Dragon Quest IX : The game tries a very hard to masque that it is linear but it is in every conceivable way. Cities, dungeons and other locations of interest are almost without exception part of the main quest line and once you’ve gone through that, there is very little reason to explore anything. The second is the musical score.
Excerpt: Name: Spore Creatures Genre: Adventure Platform: Nintendo DS The Spore franchise, if we can officially begin calling it such, is based on the idea of evolution. When a Nintendo DS and Wii version were announced it was made clear that they were going to be developed separately from the PC edition. In the full version you’re able to take a single-celled organism and bring it through life, from the process of gaining a brain to intergalactic travel.
Conclusion: Other small touches include the Sporepedia, which is obviously a slimmer version of the one that will be featured on the PC. Multiplayer will be included though, and while we're currently unaware as to the extent of it, we do know that players will have the option to share creatures across DS systems. It's not much, but of course, we want to see what else there is too.
Excerpt: Spore is set to become one of the biggest games of the year on PC, so why not cash in on that by releasing a DS version of the game. Never one to turn down a dollar, EA have done just that with the release of Spore Creatures . But can it do for DS owners what it has done for PC aficionados everywhere? Not likely.
Summary: Overall the game didn't impress me. I really thing they EA let themselves down with the DS version of Spore. Instead of making something new and exciting, like the PC version, they have made something that barely has any glow. The game is short and rather easy with pretty much no replay value. Given the chance to do it all over again, I think I'd buy this one out of the pre-owned bin rather than new. It's just an ok game.
Conclusion: With none of the scope seen in the PC version, Spore: Creatures is a poor alternative. It's a quirky & great looking, but soon ends up killing itself with repetitive gameplay and dull puzzles.
Pros: Quirky style which suits the DS perfectly, Creature creator is initially great fun
Cons: Feels like a poor man's alternative to original, Repetition eventually kills all enjoyment