18 Games Like Spore

Games Like Spore Our collection of games like Spore mixes evolution simulation and god games to give you a diverse list of great video game titles.

Spore offers a unique experience due to the wide range genres it contains within a single video game. The core gameplay elements of this experience though mostly revolve around life simulation, evolution, strategy and elements of other god games. Spore has drawn attention in particular for its huge amount of customisation which allows you to create anything you can imagine using the available tools.

Ultimately in Spore players take their own personalised species through the chain of evolution. The gameplay of Spore is split up into several different stages of life from a single cell to a space age race capable of exploring the entire galaxy with the goal to reach the centre. Each of these stages is open ended as to how you achieve advancement to the next stage of evolution with aggressive and peaceful options which determine your ongoing special species traits.

The games like Spore below have a focus on evolution simulation and sandbox gameplay that incorporate all of the genres that are present in Spore. For fans of space exploration and colonisation in particular we have also included a number of games like Spore's space stage.

Kerbal Space Program

The Kerbal Space Program has you leading your own space program in a sandbox environment. The game has great appeal to fans of the sandbox genre and in particular people that have an interest in space travel. The game first launched back in 2011 and has slowly been developed and improved, eventually making its way to Steam in March 2013. In the game, players take control of their own newly developed space program which is operated by the Kerbals (a species of small green humanoids). These Kerbal...[Read Review]

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Endless Space 2

Revisiting the wide darkness of space yet again with a turn based strategy game is Endless Space 2 that offers the same science fiction setting of the original while expanding on the universe and strategy options. Released in 2017 for Windows and Mac it’s been five years since the first Endless Space 4X strategy title with the sequel seeking to offer similar addicting one more turn gameplay and self describes itself as a “strategic space opera”. Endless Space 2 takes place in a...[Read Review]

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Black & White 2

Black & White 2 is a sequel to the first popular god game in the series and expands on the core gameplay with the addition of real time strategy elements to expand on the original challenge. Praised as offering something unique Black & White 2 continues to have a small dedicated fan base decades after its release with plenty of nostalgia for those that played it upon original release date. In Black & White 2 players again take on the role of a god and use their divine hand to interac...[Read Review]

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Black & White

Black & White is a god game developed by Lionhead Studios and released back in 2001. The game also has elements from other genres though making it a very unique experience. An expansion pack and sequel were released after its success. In Black & White players take control of a number of villagers which are split between separate islands. Each of these islands comes with their own unique challenges for players to overcome and form the basis of the storyline. This plot has players advancin...[Read Review]

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Darwin Pond

Darwin Pond is a simple evolution simulation that lets you set parameters for life and watch the results evolve in front of your eyes. The game has been around since 1997 and is available for free. Darwin Pond doesn’t involve much in the way of gameplay and is more of a simulation experience. The game has appeal to people who are interested in the inner workings of evolution and seeing how life evolves within the primordial pool. There is still plenty of room for you to have an impact on how the...[Read Review]

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Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution

Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution (Species) explores evolution simulation as it gives players all the tools necessary to control the forces of natural selection within their own little world. Focused on simulation rather than traditional gameplay Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution first released as an Early Access title in 2018 captures the true essence of evolution and gives you a front row seat. The development of Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution aims to be an accurate evo...[Read Review]

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Eufloria offers strategy gameplay in an artistic wrapping with the result being a fantastic relaxing game that offers just the right balance of difficulty and presentation. Available on a range of platforms (starting on Windows) the game is uniquely satisfying, relaxing and challenging with the success leading to other platform releases and eventually the HD release. Set in a space like environment your objective in Eufloria is to overtake the universe with your seedlings which grow from the tre...[Read Review]

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Creatures Exodus

Creatures Exodus was released in 2004 as a compilation package of Creatures 3 and Docking Station. Creatures 3 was one of the most advanced and popular games in the evolution simulation series known as Creatures. Creatures 3 offers similar gameplay to previous games in the series with players hatching creatures (known as Norns) and helping them to mature into intelligent life forms. Players achieve this by breeding and teaching their Norns. With careful breeding players can engineer certain trai...[Read Review]

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Osmos is a relaxing puzzle game available across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. Using simple mechanics and great game design Osmos has captured plenty of praise for its enjoyable, atmospheric and eventually challenging gameplay. The premise of Osmos is simple with players advancing through the levels on offer by increasing the size of their single celled organism (mote) by consuming ones that are smaller. While this gameplay is not new to Osmos it does present it in a unique way with som...[Read Review]

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Impossible Creatures

Impossible Creatures lets you create your own army of strange creatures from and then test them out in a real time strategy environment. Offering an experience unlike any other Impossible Creatures has a captivating and unique game loop that revolves around creating your own units and testing them on the battlefield. Impossible Creatures was released in 2002 and developed by Relic Entertainment which does mean the fantastically unique game design is offset by some technical limitations of the ti...[Read Review]

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Endless Space

Endless Space is a science fiction 4X turn based strategy game that was released for Windows and Mac in 2012. The game was developed by Amplitude Studios and has drawn comparison to the Civilization series, Space Empires, Master of Orion and Alpha Centauri. Endless Space is packed full of content with 9 different civilizations that each offer their own unique playstyle. The civilizations available to the player vary dramatically based on military power, scientific capabilities, diplomatic resolv...[Read Review]

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Evolva offers a unique action experience that revolves around evolution and was released in 2000 for Windows. Continuing to be available through GOG.com those that experienced it on release or newcomers that want to adventure into one of the most unique titles in the genre. In Evolva players take control of four powerful Genohunters that can alter their DNA by absorbing genes from their fallen foes which in turn grants different abilities. This race of Genohunters was created by humans in order ...[Read Review]

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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi strategy game with 4X elements that will have you conquering a large universe with military force, economic power or diplomatic negotiations. As the game mostly involves real time strategy it presents an interesting mix between RTS and 4X gameplay. The game is set in the distant future and has you at the very head of a space exploring race that are looking to expand their empire. Players can use one of three races which each have their own backgrounds and speci...[Read Review]

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Spore Hero

Spore Hero is an adventure spin-off of Spore available for the Nintendo Wii that was released in October 2009. In Spore Hero players have the same creature creating freedom of the original Spore game and there is still plenty of creature evolving to also enjoy. The game doesn’t take players through stages though and is instead a continuous RPG inspired game that has players taking their creature into battles to save the planet. The storyline follows players as they crash land onto a new alien pl...[Read Review]

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Spore Hero Arena

Spore Hero Arena brings the Spore universe to the Nintendo DS and features similar gameplay to the Wii version, Spore Hero. In Spore Hero Arena players create their own hero from a vast collection of creature parts. From here you’ll take your personalised creature and explore the galaxy while completing missions and fighting in arena style combat. With over 150 available parts for players to find, unlock and use in their creation process the options available are near endless. Players also...[Read Review]

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SimLife: The Genetic Playground

SimLife: The Genetic Playground is an old computer game produced by Maxis in 1992. The game has the player creating their own ecosystem of fauna and flora. SimLife: The Genetic Playground is all about experimentation with genetics to design an ecosystem that is completely self-sustaining (something that is definitely not an easy task). In order to achieve this players are given tools to modify the DNA of plants and animals while also having the ability to change a variety of environmental factor...[Read Review]

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Creatures: The Albian Years

Creatures: The Albian Years is a re-released version of Creatures 1 and 2 which also comes with the additional Life Kits and Object Packs which add additional content to the games. The first two games in the Creatures series take place on the planet of Albia which features a variety of environments similar to that found on Earth. Spread across the world are a number of abandoned laboratories that have been left over from a highly advanced race known as the Shee (who have mysteriously left the pl...[Read Review]

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No Man’s Sky

Explore the vastness of space in No Man’s Sky, an action-adventure with elements of survival and exploration that lets you explore the galaxy while encountering all sorts of strange life forms. Originally launched in 2016 on PC and PS4 with an Xbox One release in 2018 No Man’s Sky had a rocky launch but with long term commitment from the developer No Man’s Sky has terraformed from a broken promise into a worthy space exploration game. The basis for No Man’s Sky is explora...[Read Review]

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