20 Games Like Spore

Games Like Spore Our collection of games like Spore mixes life simulation and god games to give you a great list of titles to play if you loved Spore.

Spore offers a very unique experience due to the wide range genres it has within a single game. The core gameplay elements of this unique and popular experience though mostly involve 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.

In Spore players take their own unique 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. Each stage is fairly open ended as to how you achieve advancement to the next stage of evolution with aggressive and peaceful options which determine your special traits.

The games like Spore that you will find below have a focus on evolution simulation but also incorporate the other genres that are present in Spore. For fans of space exploration we have also included games like Spore's space stage. Regardless of the game you are after, you can expect a highly sandbox focused experience from the games found here.
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Eufloria

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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9 User Avg (7 votes)
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Endless Legend

Taking everything learned from the impressive space 4X strategy game Endless Space Amplitude Studios revisits the genre with a fantasy twist in Endless Legend. Your objective as is standard for the genre is to dominate the world known as Auriga using one out of the eleven possible in game factions. With a standard core gameplay loop of exploration, founding of new cities, researching technology and ending the game through diplomatic or aggressive means. Endless Legend stays fairly close to the f...[Read Review]

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9 User Avg (12 votes)
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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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8.8 User Avg (98 votes)
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Osmos

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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8.7 User Avg (7 votes)
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StarMade

StarMade draws a lot of inspiration from the sandbox genre but takes the game into a space setting. The game is still in early stages of development but is already an amazingly fun experience. StarMade offers you an open universe to explore, in the game you’ll be able to create your own space ships, weapons, shields and much more. You’ll start off your Starmade adventure on a lonely planet and slowly gather the necessary resources to build your own space ship and take to the skies. Once outside ...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (66 votes)
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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. Offering the same science fiction setting of the original released in 2012 the game expands on the universe and strategy of the original. Selling itself as a “strategic space opera” players step into a universe of strange and wonderful mysteries that was first colonised by a race of beings with untold power known only as the Endless. With their civilization fallen into ruin only the po...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (12 votes)
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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. In Black & White 2 players again take on the role of a god and use their hand to interact with the game world. Interaction mostly involves picking and placing items but also includes various miracles that require prayer power from the player’s believers. Just like in the original players have the option to assume an evil or good role b...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (19 votes)
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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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8.2 User Avg (12 votes)
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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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8.1 User Avg (9 votes)
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Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution

Species: Artificial Life, Real Evolution can be considered a more detailed version of the evolution elements in Spore, focusing on simulation rather than traditional gameplay. The game captures the true essence of evolution and gives you a front row seat. The game aims to be an accurate evolution simulation game that lets you watch (and even change) the role of natural selection. No other game lets you enjoy evolution first hand and have so much control over the shape your artificial game world ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (31 votes)
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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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8 User Avg (14 votes)
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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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7.9 User Avg (24 votes)
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Evolva

Evolva offers a unique action experience that revolves around evolution. The game was released in 2000 for Windows. In Evolva players take control of four powerful Genohunters that can alter their DNA by absorbing genes from their fallen foes. This race of Genohunters was created by humans in order to protect themselves from the various threats of the galaxy. The game boasts plenty of options for players to develop their warriors with thousands of combinations for players to experience. Some pop...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (10 votes)
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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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7.8 User Avg (17 votes)
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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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7.6 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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7.4 User Avg (13 votes)
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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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7.2 User Avg (12 votes)
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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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6.9 User Avg (14 votes)
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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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6.7 User Avg (15 votes)
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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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5.1 User Avg (33 votes)