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Offline Amberfox

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A list of games related to Spore
« on: May 21, 2005, 01:45:42 am »
I'm making this list because I find it interesting to see what elements Spore uses from those games :) Might be I'll find some more


Games by Maxis

SimCity: http://www.mobygames.com/game/win3x/simcity-classic

Unnatural Selection: http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/unnatural-selection
"An evil scientist has used genetic engineering to create a race of rampaging monsters. As a fellow scientist you must take back a chain of islands by breeding your own creatures that are faster, smarter, more aggressive, and faster at breeding. Raise your creatures in a lab where you can mate them, examine them, and even create random mutations by introducing radiation into the environment."

SimEarth: http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/simearth-the-living-planet
"Control the ecosystem of a planet to allow life to develop, flourish, and evolve. Guide life from its inception as singlecelled microbes to a civilization that can reach for the stars."

SimLife: "Maxis once again lets you play God-- but in contrast to SimEarth's macro-management, Simlife lets you design and manipulate the genes of plants and animals to see how they behave in a simulated environment. You can manipulate many aspects of the world, such as water/land ratio, yearly temperature cycles, moisture, soil depth, and more. Simlife is a great game for anyone with a passing interest in genetics and ecology. The downside was that the game was a memory hog for its time-- requiring a whopping 4MB to run. If you like to tinker with genetics, SimLife is one of the best electronic "toys" of its kind."

The Sims 1&2 http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/sims
"In the Sims, you take direct control over the lives of simulated people. Create a family and build them a home. Then help your Sims pursue a successful career, earn lots of money, make friends, and find romance - or totally mess their lives up!"

SimAnt: http://www.mobygames.com/game/amiga/simant-the-electronic-ant-colony
"Play the role of ants in an ant colony. Build up your colony to conquer the other colonies in the yard and invade the human's house."


other games

Pac-Man: http://www.mobygames.com/game/apple2/pac-man
"One of the most popular and influential games of the 1980's, Pac-Man stars a little, yellow dot-muncher who works his way around to clear a maze of the various dots and fruit which inhabit the board.
Pac-Man's goal is continually challenged by four ghosts: The shy blue ghost Bashful (Inky), the trailing red ghost Shadow (Blinky), the fast pink ghost Speedy (Pinky), and the forgetful orange ghost Pokey (Clyde). One touch from any of these ghosts means a loss of life for Pac-Man.
Pac-Man can turn the tables on his pursuers by eating of the four Energizers located within the maze. During this time, the ghosts turn blue, and Pac-Man can eat them for bonus points. This only lasts for a limited amount of time, as the ghost's eyes float back to their center box, and regenerate to chase after Pac-Man again.
Survive a few rounds of gameplay, and be treated to humorous intermissions between Pac-Man and the ghosts."

Populous 3: The Beginning: http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/populous
"The "3" in the title not only indicates that it's the third part of the Populous series originally created by Peter Molyneux, it also stands for the 3rd dimension. Part 3 is now 3D accelerated, but this is not the only change the game underwent since part 2: you don't anymore simply lower and raise land to gain bigger houses which can defend themselves stronger. Now you have to chop trees to build your huts. Depending on how many men are in the house, the faster its population and the house itself grows. You can train your men as fighters, priests etc. New spells can be added to your spell inventory via shrines scattered all over the world.
The funny thing is that this world is really a little planet; you can scroll around it."

Civilization: http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/sid-meiers-civilization
"In Civilization, control one of many civilizations. Your mission is to explore and develope the world. The game is won by ruling the earth. To becoming the world's most powerful civilization, you must build cities, develop technologies, military units and the infrastructures to support them."

Diablo: http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/diablo
"It's an action-rpg. At the beginning, you choose your character, warrior, sorceror or rogue. These characters can use different weapons, spells and equipment. The game starts in a town, where you can buy new stuff for your hero / heroine. You also get certain quests from the inhabitants there. Now you continue your way down to one of the 16 randomly created dungeon levels. There are loads of monsters to kill, after you have gained a certain number of experience points you can upgrade your skills. You find money which you can use to buy new weapons or scrolls or book etc. in town. The game features a great range of monsters, from simple skeletons to Diablo himself."

Perry Rhodan: Operation Eastside: http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/perry-rhodan-operation-eastside
"In the year 2326 man prepares to conquer the "Eastside", the other side of the galaxy and to build new colonies on foreign planets. Choose among different species and lead the operation to conquer the Eastside. You have to travel through the galaxy, visit new solar systems and planets, create new colonies for your own people and challenge foreign species in a fight of your lifetime."

Creatures: http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/creatures-3
"You're trying to successfully breed a population of Norns. Norns are creatures that were created a thousand years ago by an advanced race called the Shee. Norns live for around seven hours, and have their own bloodstream, brains, and even a genetic structure called Creatures Digital DNA.
With your help the Norns can thrive. You can protect them, teach them, breed them and even construct vast automated machines that help you in your quest."

Master of Orion 1-3: http://www.mobygames.com/game/dos/master-of-orion-2-battle-at-antares
"Master of Orion II is a huge improvement over Master of Orion I, and indeed continues Microprose's Civilization-style saga of games.
In MOO-II you play the role of a ruler over a massive space empire, which - as with most Microprose games - you have to build, mantain and eventually lead to supremacy over the galaxy. Also, a nice touch is the existance of the Antarans, a race of evil spider-like creatures with extremely advanced technology, whose sole purpose in the universe is to destroy all other life (sounds familiar?)"

Black & White: http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/black-white
"Spiritual descendant of the Populous games, Black & White is a 'god' game, where you play a fledgling diety, called upon by people in need.
Entering the 3-D world, you can manipulate objects, move people and boulders, and cast miracles. To assist you, you will discover a creature with its own intelligence and personality. Both you and the creature will evolve during the course of the game, becoming benevolent beings, cruel tyrants or somewhere in between. As you both develop, both the creature and the land itself will change, depending on your alignment.
Although the main purpose of the game is to work your way through the five lands of Eden and win the faith of as many of the tribes as possible, the game is somewhat open ended in the aspects of wandering around exploring and developing your creature.
The creatures in the game feature their own artificial intelligence and will grow like a child, both physically and emotionally. They'll learn from your example and put together their own moral codes based on what they witness and learn. You can pet or scold your creature, nurture it, spoil it, or abuse it. In the end, Black & White is part strategy game, part role-playing game, part child rearing simulator, and part self-examination of the player's personality."


to be continued...
« Last Edit: May 23, 2005, 09:14:25 am by Amberfox »



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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2005, 02:08:30 am »
Don't forget other games Will has been involved which have influenced Spore, like The Sims for example.

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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2005, 02:38:55 am »
thanks for telling, I honestly forgot about those two  ;)

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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2005, 04:17:45 am »
This link at the Maxis site lists all the games he was involved with.

http://www.maxis.com/about/about_timeline1.php

Not sure how many contributed to the idea of Spore but I am sure there have been lots.

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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2005, 06:30:39 am »
Sim Earth was very fun in it's time, there have been very fews like that(if any) after that.
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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2005, 08:40:35 am »
The man sure has scaled up since Sim Ant :D
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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2005, 11:37:04 am »
Sim Ant was a very interesting game, I remember playing it even before I started with school ;D  I'm really feeling a certain sympathy for ants and insects in general since then, that giant spider there however shocked me every time I played the game (the "you're-being-eaten-by-the-spider-animation" frigthened me the most  ::))

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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2005, 12:18:33 pm »
Yes SimAnt should be in the list, it was the first game where he used a 'behavioral engine' to simulate living beings. He also used it in Simcopter to simulate the people in the city but that wasn't such a breakthrough.
Here's part of an article about SimAnt:

"Wright became fascinated by Wilson’s explorations of "emergent complexity" – the idea that individual creatures operating with very simple goals can collectively produce incredibly complex behaviors."

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Re: A list of Maxis games related to Spore
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2005, 12:19:23 pm »
Yes SimAnt should be in the list, it was the first game where he used a 'behavioral engine' to simulate living beings.

ok, you convinced me...  ;)

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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #9 on: May 22, 2005, 12:34:29 pm »
As fun as simant was the AI was a pushover
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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #10 on: May 22, 2005, 12:36:14 pm »
yep, the "campaign"-mode was way too easy

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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2005, 06:33:50 pm »
Spore's reminded me of the Creatures series since it was announced.  The goal is to raise these little guys called Norns and protect them from the various environmental hazards and such.  The thing that made it different from other virtual pet type games was that the Norns had their own digital-DNA file, and as they bred mutations could arrive, letting them evolve over time.  S'pretty fun if you're into that kind of thing.

One of the games, Docking Station, can be downloaded and played for free (Although it's fairly limited without Creatures 3, with which Docking Station can be 'docked').  If you wanna try it just head to http://www.gamewaredevelopment.co.uk/ds/ds_index.php.

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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2005, 06:50:37 pm »
Don't forget that it's Populous 3 to which the Tribal Stage in spore refers, the first two are actually rather different games. ^_^

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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #13 on: May 23, 2005, 08:10:43 am »
I was actualy going to mention creatures, later in the game you can unlock stuff to play with their genetics and chemical makeup. Oh that was fun, mutating them, keeping them alive underwater through constant injections of oxygen...
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Re: A list of games related to Spore
« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2005, 08:20:45 am »
thanks for the suggestions, I updated the list now  :)