The galaxy in Spore is filled with thousands of planets rich with ecosystems that support a variety of creatures.
Planets can be terrorized by brutal epics or reigned over by peaceful empires. You'll find tribal, domesticated, civilized creatures, and more! With so many creations uploaded, how can you determine where a creature might show up to flesh out your game?
When the game chooses which creation to use, it's not choosing randomly; the choices it makes are based on archetypes.
What is a creature archetype?
The archetype of a creature determines what NPC slots it can fill in the game. Archetype examples include NPC_Medium_Social and TRG_NPC_Epic_Predator. The archetypes of a creature depend on which parts it is made with in the Creature Creator. Many creatures meet the criteria for more than one archetype.
Why should I control my creature's archetype?
When a player is subscribed to a sporecast, the game will bias towards that sporecast's creatures when filling in NPCs in the game. However, if the subscribed sporecasts don't contain any creatures of a particular archetype that the game needs, the game may use a MaxisMade creation, or another creation from the Sporepedia. For maximum control over what content goes into your game, create sporecasts with creations that meet as many archetypes as possible.
Download the PDF document of archetypes here.
How can I do this?
Check back soon for Civilization creature and Space creature archetype criteria
For even more control over game content, be sure to include creations that meet the following archetypes by simply making creations in the corresponding creators: