How To Find Earth In Spore

It’s an open secret that the space stage of Will Wright’s game Spore contains, amongst its thousands of star systems, a representation of our solar system, complete with the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Ganymede, Saturn, Titan, Uranus, and Neptune.

Finding Earth the hard way takes time, but is worth it for the sense of achievement (not least from earning the Manifest Destiny achievement). For those not willing to dedicate a significant amount of time to the search, this article, written by a player who found Earth the hard way, shows how to find Earth in Spore.

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The location of the Sun and Earth

If you have the Flash plug-in installed in your browser, you can see a video clip below showing how to find Earth. Below the video are images accompanied by a detailed description of the location of the solar system.

Each of the images below links to a full size (1680×1050) screenshot.

As you can see, the Sun was close to this player’s home planet, which made finding it easier. Each of the galactic arms is slightly different — to find the appropriate arm, you can rotate the galaxy using the arrow keys until it looks like the image above.

The Earth resides towards the inside edge of a bulge in the galactic arm.

The solar system can be found in the centre of the communication circle shown in the image above.

The image above shows the solar system at the zoom level at which individual starts are shown. In this game the player had approached from the right while coming back along the galactic arm, having already explored the systems in the belt of stars along the top of the image.

Earth’s solar system can be identified by the star being called Sol. A black hole exists within communication range of the solar system. If you have the Wormhole Key technology, black holes can make moving around the galaxy much quicker. In this game the player also had Interstellar Drive 4, allowing the spaceship to travel further in one hop.

Exploring the solar system

The images above shows the solar system in Spore, which contains the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, Jupiter, Ganymede, Saturn, Titan, Uranus, and Neptune. As with other systems, there are also several comets in the inner portion of the system.

The image above shows the Earth in Spore. The player’s ship hovers above the United Kingdom, while the fleet hover above Europe. Erath’s sky is so blue due to its thick atmosphere, which also makes the Earth only a T1 planet.

The image above shows Spore’s equivalent of the famous Apollo 8 Earthrise photograph.

Planetary alignments in Spore are more dramatic than in the real solar system. The image above shows the Earth, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan all rising above the lunar horizon.

The Spore Mercury is very red, unlike the real Mercury, which is grey.

Spore’s Venus has a murky atmosphere.

The image above shows Mars in Spore. The player’s ship hovers above the giant Valles Marineris canyon system; the enormous extinct volcano Olympus Mons is also present on the far side of the planet.

The image above shows Titan in Spore. Titan is shown as an active world, with oceans, spice volcanoes, and rocky outcrops. In the background is Saturn, which its ring system visible. The Spore version of Saturn is very much redder than its real counterpart.

You can now pre-order the Spore Galactic Adventures expansion pack from Amazon:

This article was last edited on 20th September 2012. The author can be contacted using the form below.
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