Yay. My copy of Spore arrived in the post yesterday!
So far it seems very enjoyable and not too stressful to play. It did crash on first run but didn’t see any issues for the rest of the evening. I’ve evolved to creature stage so far and have learnt a few in game life skills for befriending and attacking other creatures.
This is what he looked like at last save:
You will find my Spore profile here:
There was a lot of fuss about the DRM restrictions that initially concerned me but I’ve since learnt that you will only hit your DRM limit by installing it on three DIFFERENT machines. You can reinstall on the same machine as many times as you like.