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The Cell Stage, occasionally known as Tidal Pool Stage, is the first stage in Spore in which the player is played as a cell and tasked with guiding a cell of their new species through a primordial ooze.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Plot
- 3 Levels
- 4 Reproduction
- 5 Missions
- 6 Damage and health
- 7 Interactive Objects
- 8 Parts/Abilities
- 9 Consequence Abilities
- 10 General Strategies
- 11 Cell Behaviour
- 12 Notes
Overview[edit | edit source]
In this stage, the player guides a cell of their new species through a top-down primordial ooze consisting of other cells, plants, bubbles, debris, various food particles, leftover bits of killed cells, and crystalline structures. The primary objective in this stage is to gradually grow their cell's size through consuming food source surrounding it (that includes meat, plants, or even prey) and meeting an requirement to develop a brain and evolve to move onto land and begin the following stage, Creature Stage.
Before starting into this stage, players have to decide if their cell's diet will be carnivorous or herbivorous, although the choice is not permanent. Herbivorous cells (naturally possess Filter Mouth part) eat little pieces of plant matter and then seaweed in later stages, while carnivorous cells (possessing Jaw mouth part) will feast on meat particles and tiny cells. Consuming specific food source will affect the trait meter in History timeline and vertically moves arrow to that correlating trait when consumed and establishes that trait when progressing to the next stage with additional benefits and restrictions in stages.
The player can encounter and interact with vast types of cells with unique attributes and varying sizes in specific levels and appearances to react to anything enclose to them; some appear passive, skittish, and docile and some appear hostile and willing to assault those cells when in contact, influenced on the gameplay's settings and cell's traits. Killing an cell through harmful cell parts like weapons and mouths will allow that cell to dissolve their body into 3 meat chunks to chomp on for DNA points that gives opportunity to spend on following parts and, depending on what cell is killed, may drop a unique part card that unlocks that new part. The growth of player's cell will also affect the cells' sizes by shrinking in minimal size; ranging from epic to prey, and may introduce newer cells, while simultaneously prey cells disappear, in following levels in the stage.
Plot[edit | edit source]
The game begins with a cinematic of a comet falling into a solar system, then towards a planet, shattering in the atmosphere, and falling into the ocean as fragments. The camera follows one fragment as it falls through the ocean. This fragment shatters and your basic cell swims out.
As you progress, you get both bigger and less transparent (if you have high graphical settings active). After you grow and zoom out, peer-size cells are now prey size and stop spawning. At the same time, even larger creatures from the background will enter the playing field and try to eat you.
Upon filling the progress bar, a cut scene will play detailing the player's avatar developing a small brain-like organ; at this point, the player will be allowed to progress to the next stage, where they would be rewarded a Trait card for their efforts, this trait card will then determine the species diet for the rest of the game, the player can then progress onto the Early Creature Creator.
The Creature stage then begins with a short cut scene of a flock of the player's creatures emerging from the sea onto the land and scattering. The player's creature's starting appearance is based on what the player created in the Early Creature Creator, although it may be changed during the Creature Stage.
Levels[edit | edit source]
There are roughly 10 levels of development in the Cell Stage, but only five of these are actually denoted (by a vertical divider on the progress bar at the bottom of the screen) at which the player's cell experiences a growth spurt.
- Level 1 begins with your cell swimming out of the comet fragment. Your first objective is to eat 5 meat or plant food particles, depending on whether you started out as a carnivore or an herbivore, respectively. There is also a small herbivorous cell called Minno that can be attacked by carnivores, as well as a carnivorous cell called Goldy that may attempt to attack you. These are cowardly, so they will run once you hurt them. Soon after entering level 1.5, a Pokey cell will be killed by a Chomper, making your first collectible part appear: the Spike. Swim over it to collect it. This does not happen on Hard difficulty though. This also won't happen if you kill the Pokey yourself and collect its spike part.
- Level 2 In this level you encounter large green plants for the first time. Kill a Booster during this level to get the Jet part. At the middle of this level, you can challenge a Squirty for the Poison. A tip is to put a spike right beside your mouth, then when you are facing another carnivore head-on, and are bouncing off each other, swim at an angle at the other cell, so that your spike hits it first. If you did it right, you will damage the other cell. You can even kill the huge cells like Snorf. This tactic will not work against a proboscis, another spike, or if you are chasing a cell with poison.
- Level 3 is when the Cilia part becomes available. Kill a Pinky or Punky cell to unlock one. Kill a Nosey for the Proboscis, the omnivore mouth, or Jet (if you don't have it already). If you are missing Jet, kill 2 Noseys: the first gives Jet, the second Proboscis. Here you may find the poison meteor.
- Level 4 is when the last body part becomes available: the Electric part. Kill a Buzzy cell for it. It is also possible to get it from a Needle Buzzy, but Buzzies are much easier to kill, since they only have one Electric part and the Needle Buzzies have two (three due to symmetry), can shock 2 cells at once, recharge faster than Buzzies, and have a spike in their mouth. This is the point where the user cell becomes opaque.
- Level 5 brings you close to the beach (a sandy background provides look), where some Maa cells are laying eggs. They're a good food source if you manage to eat them before they hatch. Also, more meteor bits appear than with other levels. In this stage there will no longer be any bigger cells in the background , as you are a massive cell now, though there still are Epic Cells. This level is one of the hardest for herbivore cells. In the first half of the level, Maas can eat plant rings whole and Jetsters can zoom in and eat all the small chunks of plants before you can get to them. In the second half of the level, plants appear occasionally and Maas generally get to them first.
Juniors in level 5/2 come in two sizes. If you were same sized as the bigger, more common size the smaller, rarer size would seem prey-sized to you, but would be peer-sized. The eggs that juniors hatch from also come in two sizes. The smaller size only comes from inside dead Maas, explaining their rarity. In level 5/1, all Juniors are the same size, and dead predator-sized cells do not ever explode.
Reproduction[edit | edit source]
Reproduction is possible after collecting any cell part. However you may use the backspace shortcut to call a mate earlier than the tutorial tells you (which first happens at around 15 DNA). The player's creature may call for a mate. After a short cutscene upon meeting the mate, the other cell will then lay an egg, whereupon the player is taken to the Cell Editor. This is the most fundamental portion of this stage, which is used to evolve your cell. In real life acquiring new features (genetic properties, e.g. resistance against antibiotics and toxins) requires cells or bacteria to conjugate and divide.
Missions[edit | edit source]
Missions are optional and appear throughout the Cell Stage. They can be found in the instructions in the top-left corner of the screen.
|Eat||Eat 5 Pieces of Food||Start||1/5||DNA points|
|Collect||Unlock Cell Parts||Level 1.5||3/5||Up to 6 Additional Parts|
The first mission is simple; the player has to consume five pieces of food as soon as the cell emerges from the meteor. The second mission requires to collect all of the unlockable parts and doing those specified will award with the Completist achievement.
Damage and health[edit | edit source]
All cells normally have 6 health points. Various cells inflict different amounts of damage, however. The following charts show the damage that the different cells and parts can inflict. An Epic Cell is nearly impossible to defeat without Electric part, Predator cells are also bigger than you, but don't take up the whole screen by themselves. Peer cells are those that are close to the same size as you, and prey cells are much smaller. These are written on a Carnivorous Cell's Perspective, or bite size.
The 4 different sizes of cells are:
- Prey cells are the tinniest type of cells in the stage and nearly fragile. They can be chomped in one bite, gassed with poison, or electrocuted with Electric part. They generally pose no threat, but ones armed with weapons can sometimes harm by little.
- Peer cells are roughly the same size as the player's cell, which can be attacked for 3 pieces of meat. They may pose a slight threat, but can be easily defended against them, so long as it has sufficient defenses.
- Predator cells are much larger than to some other cells around them. They are only invulnerable to harmful mouths, albeit they can be harmed and killed through spikes, electricity, and very little with the proboscis. They can instantly devour any cells smaller than them, though not the player's cell. Most of these seem to drift while other cells accidentally swim into their mouths. Squiggly and Maa are the only herbivores ever in this group.
- Epic cells are the most largest and hardiest cells through the stage. They are nearly impossible to kill with one exceptional weakness that is electricity from Electric part, and, similarly to predator cells, are able to trap and chomp with mouths on any cell, including the player's cell. Some epic cells have their own quirks like Ducky's eyes can be poked and injured with Spike part in contact; blinding it if it's done to both eyes as a result and can be found in the background floating. All of the Epic cells, smallest to biggest are: Stabber, Ducky, Jawhead, Puffish, Megamouth and Snorf.
|Cell Size||Damage Inflicted on Cell|
|Epic||100% (Instantly Kills the Cell)|
The player's inflicts different amounts of damage, which act in proportion to their damage ability and their target's size. Note that Poison and Electric parts do nothing to other cells with the same part.
|Body Part||Damage Inflicted on Predator-Sized Cell||Damage Inflicted on Peer-Sized Cell||Damage Inflicted on Prey-Sized Cell|
|Stabber||Strike its vulnerable tail with a Spike part||Easy||Simple yet ironic.|
|Ducky||Poke out its eyes with a Spike.||Easy||Does not kill the cell, flees when both eyes are gouged out|
|Jawhead||Push a shell obstacle into its mouth.||Impossible?||Mentioned within the game's code|
|Puffish||Shock it to death with Electric.||Hard||Required for Megamouth Weakness|
|Megamouth||Lure a Puffish into getting eaten by Megamouth.||Extremely Hard||Only Puffish that were formerly Epic-sized can trigger this weakness.|
|Snorf||Impale with Proboscis||Very Hard||Will jet away once attacked, but turns very slowly.|
Interactive Objects[edit | edit source]
- Small Green Plant Matter is encountered from level 1 on. The Filter Mouth or Proboscis can eat it to obtain DNA points and restore small amounts of health. Sometimes an epic Megamouth will eat a cell and 4 green plants appear. You can eat them, but the cause is unknown.
- Large Green Plant Flakes are first found in level 2.5, and disappear at 4. These plant flakes contain multiple small green plant matter attached to a larger centrepiece, allowing for fast amounts of food. They're ideal feeding areas for cells of all mouth types because packs of herbivores take advantage of it, so carnivores can then ambush their prey. It's a good idea for herbivores and omnivores to stay nearby if they're about to grow in size, since after growth the large green plants are edible as small green plant matter. It's a good source of quick food.
- Seaweed is first found in level 4, but shrinks considerably by level 5. They're similar to Plant Flakes, but they have obstacles, so carnivores will have trouble attacking other cells. It's also a great source of food, but they become smaller at level 5. However, they're still ideal for food.
- Meat Chunks are only edible with jaws, since the proboscis can't eat dead meat. They can be found from the first level and onwards. When a cell is defeated by your cell or another predator, it explodes into 1 to 4 meat chunks. The size of the meat chunks increases as you increase in level, with most you encounter being small enough to eat. However, sometimes you'll come across meat that's too big and needs to be cut down to size using your spikes or jaws. Meat chunks become progressively less common over the levels. Note: Cells killed by poison, electricity, or the proboscis do not explode. Instead, they skid to a halt and need to be spiked or bitten to make them explode.
- Large and Small Eggs are first encountered at level 5 and hatch into "junior" cells. Any mouth part can eat small eggs. Large eggs can't be eaten, but eggshells can be eaten by the proboscis. "Maa" cells leave eggs behind if defeated.
- Crystals, Debris, and Shells are unbreakable floating barriers. You can swim around or knock them out of the way. They can also be used to block predators from hurting or eating your cell.
- Air Bubbles float around in various sizes and can be popped. Larger bubbles need help from a spike, while larger still bubbles cannot be popped.
- Flow Fields are marked by ripples in the water current. They're hard to see and randomly scattered. Going with the flow speeds you up, while going against them slows you down. Mastering them increases your swimming ability by far, and can help in outrunning enemy cells.
- Poison Clouds are seen near cells with the Poison part. They will keep making your cell take damage until you steer out the the poisonous water. If you have the part, however, you become immune.
- Sparks are seen surrounding cells with the Electric part, shaped as a wide curve. They will daze your cell, which results in you taking damage. If you have the part, however, you become immune.
- Meteor Shards contain Cell Body Parts. You can break them open by swimming over them, which results in claiming the part. It doesn't require any spikes or weapons to do so.
The cells in order from smallest to largest are: Minno, Goldy, Pokey, Chomper, Shyster, Spiked Shyster, Booster, Grubby, Squirty, Pinky, Punky, Nosey, Stabber, Stabbella, Ducky,Buzzy, Small Junior, Jawhead, Squiggly, Needle Buzzy, Puffish, Large Junior, Jetster, Maa, Paa, Megamouth, Snorf, and Bloato. Your cell gradually increases in size as you progress through Cell Stage.
Parts/Abilities[edit | edit source]
Cells sometimes find yellow meteor fragments which contain more cell parts, and consequently more abilities when you swim over them. These can be added and adjusted in the Cell Editor. Parts cost DNA. Your cell gets about one DNA point for every unit of food it consumes, to a maximum of 65. (In the first level, you get about 1.75 DNA points per food, 1.25 in the second, 1 in the third, .75 in the fourth, etc.) The maximum total DNA points a player can earn, including starting DNA and DNA earned during the stage, is 105 (you start with different amounts depending on what difficulty you chose). The Jaw, Filter Mouth, and Flagella parts are available immediately after you start, and some herbivores have two sets of eyes, making for an extra 5 DNA. Other abilities are unlocked through finding rare meteor shards, or killing enemies with the desired parts (a golden shield appears next to its name if they have a part you don't). The Cell stage is the only stage in which parts are stackable. This means that adding more of a certain part increases its effectiveness. This does not work for eyes or the turning ability from Cilia, and it does not exactly work for mouths and spikes, since their effect does not directly upgrade the more of them you have, but having more mouths helps you eat more food since you eat in a larger area, and having more spikes allows you to stab objects in more locations.
Mouths[edit | edit source]
- Jaw gives the cell the ability to eat meat. Also does damage when used against living cells. It can also eat eggs. Costs 15 DNA. Available at the beginning of the game.
- Filter Mouth gives the cell the ability to be herbivorous (eats green plants and eggs). Costs 15 DNA. Available at the beginning of the game.
- Proboscis gives the cell the ability to be omnivorous (eats green plants, eggs and other cells). Can be used to impale enemies and eat them alive, but can't be used to eat meat chunks or dead cells even if you break it with a spike. It will still break into meat chunks, but they will not be edible. Costs 25 DNA and is first located during the third level. Harvest from Nosey or Bloato.
Sight[edit | edit source]
Eyes expand your cell's field of vision. Without eyes, your vision is reduced to a small area around you (which makes it difficult to notice predators), so eyes are recommended. However, it is easier to notice meteors without eyes, since they are fully visible in the blackness. Each eye part costs 5 DNA points. Available at the beginning of the game.
The types of eyes are Beady Eye, Stalk Eye and Button Eye
It can be noted that certain starting herbivorous cells have an extra eye, which you can keep from this stage and earn 5 DNA points in the Creature Stage.
Movement[edit | edit source]
- Flagella Flagella cost 15 DNA points. These are cheap options compared to Jets. Jets are twice as fast as Flagella, but the Flagella part offers smooth movement. Available at the beginning of the game.
- Jet Jets cost 25 DNA points. These are twice as fast as Flagella or Cilia. It propels the cell forward in short bursts, as opposed to steady movement. Unlockable at level 2. Harvest from Booster, Nosey, Jetster, Paa, or Snorf. It is a more cost-efficient way to build up your speed stat than stacking Flagellae, since it provides 2 speed points for 25 DNA instead of 30, but Flagellae may still be preferable due to the smoother movement.
- Cilia Cilia cost 15 DNA points. They move at the same speed as Flagella, but with these, you can turn quickly. Unlocked at level 3. Harvest from Punky, Pinky, Stabbella and Bloato. Cilia also work in short bursts. Since the turning ability does not stack, only one is necessary to get the maximum benefit.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
- Spike gives the cell the ability to directly attack by ramming. They are also useful for repelling attacks. When opposing spikes collide, neither inflicts damage. When spikes collide with jaws, the spike deals damage, and the jaw deals none. A good idea is to attach 2 in the front for ramming, and others on the sides and rear to prevent attack. Costs 10 DNA and is first located in the middle of level 1. Harvest from Pokey, Spiked Shyster, Stabber, Stabbella, Jawhead, Needle Buzzy, Squiggly, Puffish, and Megamouth.
- Poison allows cells to leave poisonous trails as they move, devastating enemies caught inside it. The more poison sacs you have, the longer the trail becomes. Cells equipped with Poison can't be harmed by other cells also equipped with it. If you spin your cell and you have poison, you will make a poison cloud around you. Costs 15 DNA and is first located in the middle of level 2. Harvest from Squirty and Puffish.
- Electric periodically electrocutes all nearby enemies. There is a 5-10 second recharge rate, depending on how many Electric parts you have on your cell. Grants immunity to other electrical attacks. Costs 25 DNA and isn't encountered until the fourth level. Harvest from Buzzy or Needle Buzzy.
Hidden Parts[edit | edit source]
As the cell stage unfolds, players may notice that some creatures have parts that cannot be collected; these are parts that were originally designed to be upgrades to the parts legitimately available, similar to parts in the Creature stage, but were cut from the final product for unknown reasons.
These parts cannot be obtained in game without modifying the game through third party software, however, one way to access them out of game is to edit Spore's properties to make it launch an "Advanced Cell Editor" as soon as the game starts. 
Consequence Abilities[edit | edit source]
After completing the cell stage you are awarded one of three sets of consequence abilities for the future stages. Which set you are awarded depends on how you played the stage. The three are herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore. As their names suggest, they depend mostly on what you eat. For example, even if you kill many cells, you may still be a herbivore as long as you do not eat them.
|Behaviour in Cell stage||Creature stage consequence ability||Tribal stage consequence ability||Civilization stage consequence ability||Space stage consequence ability|
|Herbivore||Siren Song: Makes socializing with creatures easier (including hostile species, no effect on Epics)||Refreshing Storm: Summons a storm that causes fruit to be replenished and fall from trees||Healing Aura: Repairs all your vehicles and buildings||Social Suave: Gives you an immediate 20% negotiation discount on all social tools|
|Omnivore||Summon Flock: Summon a flock of minions to help you socialize or fight||Flying Fish: Summon a serpent to scare fish from the sea||Static Bomb: Temporarily immobilize vehicles, turrets and buildings||Gentle Generalist: Gives you a 20% discount on all standard equipment|
|Carnivore||Raging Roar: Make all surrounding creatures run in fear||Traps: Lay a trap to ensnare wild animals||Invulnerability: Make your vehicles impervious to damage for a limited time||Power Monger: Increases the effectiveness of all weapons (halves energy bar usage).|
General Strategies[edit | edit source]
These tactics are suitable for the lower difficulties. Tactics for Hard difficulty can be found in the dedicated subsection.
Carnivore[edit | edit source]
To get the carnivore card you must be able to kill other organisms. To this end, your first cell part should in fact be the spike. Placing the spikes on either side of the mouth, so that they form a V, has two benefits: firstly, the spikes can be used to ram prey cells for consumption; and second, the spikes funnel meat chunks into your mouth so that you do not have to try as hard to grab every last bite. Purchasing a poison gland and electric part for immunity as well as attack methods is recommended. Poison glands are most effective when placed at the sides, since they cover a larger area. Where mobility is concerned, one Jet and one Cilia will usually suffice, though additional Flagellae can always be useful. This setup will allow you to make ramming attacks (the Jet's propulsion), while also having the turning ability provided by the Cilia so that you can better target creatures. Alternatively, you could use the proboscis strategy below, just be careful to avoid plants while attacking herbivores. It may be a good idea to add a proboscis or filter mouth before entering creature stage, and keep it. That way, you do not need to kill to eat, which is useful even for predators, as fights may leave you with low HP, and eating fruit will quickly replenish you and allow you to keep fighting.
Herbivore[edit | edit source]
As explained above, to gain the herbivore card you need to consume a significant amount of plant matter. Because plant matter does not fight back, nor does it move on its own (it only moves with the current), you do not require any weapons. A useful tactic is to add flagella until you reach a movement speed of 5. At this point you are as fast as you can go and thus can evade most predators and catch up with any moving plant matter. Extra points can be spent on a single poison gland and electric part to provide immunity to these weapons - alternatively you can simply avoid creatures that use these parts. Spikes for close defense are recommended but not necessary. It is much easier to gain the Pacifist achievement (awarded for not killing any cells) as a herbivore. It is possible to do so as a carnivore, but it is very difficult and makes the cell stage much slower.
Omnivore[edit | edit source]
The easiest way to attain the Omnivore trait is probably to follow the Herbivore method above until the DNA bar reaches halfway. Then you can switch to the Carnivore method for the second half. This will earn you the Omnivore card without too much consideration. As for using the proboscis, it would be best to add 2 jets and one cilia. That way, you can charge and outrace prey and get to plants faster, since you have maximum movement speed as well as fast turning. However, some cells will still outrun you, such as Jetster or Nosey, since NPC jets seem to work better than the player's jets, providing much longer bursts of speed at the cost of extremely slow turns.
- Another way is to have both mouths on at the same time, but eating can be difficult, unless you split one mouth in two. If you enlarge the head spinal bone to the largest size you can fit both mouthparts more easily.
- Note that if you eat a lot of meat, but a small amount of plant matter, or vice versa, you may still get the Carnivore or Herbivore card.
Strategies for Hard Difficulty[edit | edit source]
- Always start out as a herbivore with two sets of eyes. You can then sell the extra eye for 5 DNA, saving you several pieces of food you have to hunt for DNA points. You can always change to a carnivore mouth if you wish to play as a carnivore.
- When using a proboscis, you cannot eat the meat chunk pieces, but you can suck the life out of most creatures, and swallow seaweed chunks. Also, the proboscis bypasses spike and jaw pieces because of its animation. If you have trouble, just make the proboscis bigger, and to counter a proboscis just buy a really long spike and the omnivore might cower.
- When eating moving plants, try swimming to where the plant is going to go (especially when in a current).
- Once you have the Proboscis (omnivore mouth), place it in the front and use some jets in the rear as the Nosey does. Once you choose a direction there will be no stopping you.
- Attach Spikes on the front of your cell for ramming, and others on the side or rear to prevent attack.
- A Spike going straight forward with mouths to either side of the Spikes can make it easier to stab other cells without making it much harder to eat. You can also have two spikes on each side of the mouth like a Pokey does to funnel food into it.
- The size of your Spikes matters. Use the mouse scroll wheel to make them smaller so you can place them as close to where you want them as you can, then scroll them to the largest size possible. If a Spike is made the largest size it can be on your tail, which will make it almost impossible for anything chasing you to get a bite in.
- When being followed by a larger cell, try swimming between objects or around other peaceful cells. They may provide distractions.
- If you're followed by a much larger creature that won't leave you alone, allow yourself to get bitten. It'll propel you forward so you can get away. However, an epic cell will kill you in one bite.
- If you're desperate for escape, try using the mating call, as predatory cells will stop chasing you as soon as the cutscene plays. Once you arrive in the editor, you're safe and will arrive in a different location.
- Getting the Poison feature from the cell can be made easier if your cell has large Spikes. Of course, you could just search for a meteor bit, but it may be hard to find.
- Poison and Electric abilities are more of a nuisance than anything - just use a lot of Spikes. Put only one set of poison to give you immunity (and shrink it if necessary to save space). When you're ready to evolve, put the Poison and Electric parts on so you'll be able to unlock more parts in that category later.
- You can stack parts on top of each other. If you want to be an omnivore you can simply place the carnivore and herbivore mouth on the front of the cell. Being an omnivore will increase the rate at which you evolve because you eat twice as much food as you would as a carnivore or herbivore.
- Carnivores begin with a mouth that does damage. This gives them a weapon at the beginning of the stage. If you wish to be a herbivore, keep it and trade it in as soon as possible.
- Electricity and Poison are good at killing Juniors at the end of the stage (which provides good food sources for carnivores, and can clear away hordes), while Spikes are useful for killing and/or repelling equal or larger sized cells.
- Two mouths, each on opposite sides while still facing front can widen the eating range of food, requiring less precision to grab food chunks.
- Mild specialization is recommended at the end of the stage (speed cell, defensive cell, offensive cell, etc.). Keep in mind that the complete absence of offensive or defensive parts will likely result in many deaths.
- By the end of cell stage, you should be well defended enough that when small predators run into you, they will be killed by your array of weapons. After a while these predators will flee at the sight of your cell. This is good news if you are a herbivore, as you now have one less threat to your existence. If you are a carnivore, however, one of your food sources will be harder to catch.
- Be aware that Goldy will appear earlier as a predator sized cell. You may find one as early as emerging from the meteor.
Preparing for the Creature stage[edit | edit source]
- If you're aiming for a specific card, don't forget to check your timeline frequently (T is the hot-key).
- Remember: When you are about to evolve to the Creature Stage, it does not matter what mouth you choose in the Early Creature Editor, because you will not be that creature forever. Instead it depends on what card you will get.
- It is recommended to obtain all of the parts, as they can provide useful abilities at lower prices than creature stage parts. However, the Electric part is not very useful, since it costs as much as a part that would give level 2 charm, and very few creatures at the start of the Creature Stage even have charm, with level 1 Sing often being sufficient to ally the first few nests.
Fighting Epic cells[edit | edit source]
Some epics have certain weaknesses that can be used to your advantage. Be wary, though. Epics can still eat you whole if you approach their mouth.
- For example, if you have the Electric part on your cell, then you can take down an epic Puffish with the same amount of zaps as it would take to zap a predator cell.
- Amusingly, an epic Ducky can have its eyes poked out if you have the Spike power-up. It will then comically and slowly swim away from you as if it was a regular sized Ducky you had just bitten. But from then, it will never open its eyelids again, making it impossible to kill.
- An epic Stabber is weak to its own main defense: Spikes. Like Puffish, it will take the same amount of damage as a predator from these powerups.
- An epic Snorf can be defeated by a proboscis. Even when dead, the proboscis can still drain fluid from the corpse. This can let you quickly finish off the Cell Stage, but it would also easily change your diet to Carnivore.
- An epic Megamouth can be defeated by eating a epic Puffish that becomes a predator cell.
Cell Behaviour[edit | edit source]
Easy[edit | edit source]
In easy difficulty:
- Omnivores are peaceful.
- Carnivore attacks happen very rarely.
- Predatory cells are rare.
- Cells swim slower than usual.
- Pokey is automatically killed by a Chomper, unlocking the Spike part.
- Eggs in level 5 hatch slowly.
- Maa also does not lay eggs.
- Food heals 2 HP
- Your cell deals 3 damage per hit (kills peer cells in 2 hits)
- Epics are not present
Medium[edit | edit source]
In medium difficulty:
- Omnivores are rowdy (attack if you attack and don't run away)
- Carnivore attacks happen at a normal pace.
- Predatory cells are more common.
- Cells swim normally.
- Pokey is automatically killed by a Chomper, unlocking the Spike part.
- Eggs in level 5 hatch normally
- Food heals 1 HP
- Your cell deals 3 damage per hit
- Epics are present
Hard[edit | edit source]
In hard difficulty:
- Omnivores are aggressive.
- Carnivore attacks happen constantly.
- Predatory cells are more aggressive and are even more common than in normal difficulty.
- Cells swim normally.
- Pokey is not killed automatically.
- Goldies are found at the beginning of level 1 as predator size, which makes dying at the start of the stage possible.
- Eggs in level 5 hatch more quickly.
- Maa also lay eggs more frequently.
- Food heals 1 HP
- Your cell deals 2 damage per hit (kills peer cells in 3 hits)
- Epics are present, more common, and more aggressive.
Notes[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- If you manage to kill a predator cell that has a new part, the part card will appear larger than normal.
- If you aim your mouse at another cell, you will see its name and health bar, like many other creations. If you check a pre-made cell of your species before naming it, its name will be displayed as the original pre-made cell's name. For example, if your cell was Gaal, its name will be displayed as "Gaal".
- The fact that your cell comes from a meteor references the popular theory of Panspermia, or the belief that life on Earth originated from microorganisms that were deposited on Earth via meteor/comet impacts.
- It is possible to place the spike part in the mouth, though is very hard to do. It can be an advantage if put on an herbivore mouth, as it will give them a feel of using a carnivore cell.
- It is impossible to encounter other player-created cells during the Cell Stage without a mod.
- The Cell stage is similar to one of Will Wright's favourite games, Pac-Man (In an analogue, fluid sort of way.)
- This stage is similar to another game called flow And the I-pod game, Tasty Planet.
- It can be compared to the Precambrian time on the real Earth.
- There are two cells called Maa and Paa. The Maa cell releases eggs, which hatch into Junior cells. These cells resemble a "fusion" between Maa and Paa. This happens because Paa is the father and Maa is the mother.
- If both carnivore and omnivore mouth parts are equipped, the cell has the widest choice of food. (Omnivores with a proboscis, but no jaw, cannot actually eat a cell. They just feed in a parasitic way off them. Omnivores with a jaw, but no proboscis, cannot feed parasitically off other cells. Omnivores with both can feed in a parasitic way off other cells, then eat the cells themselves for maximum food.)
- Although the Cell Stage is the shortest stage, this stage takes up to billions of years to complete in game time, as it would in reality.(Approx. 2~3 Blilion if completed in 15-20 minutes)
- Strangely, herbivores can eat the eggs of other cells.
- If you bump into a fellow Herbivore, it will mumble and glare at you.
- When predatory cells decide to attack you, they will emit the growling visual effect (orange lightning bolts), and music will play indicating their aggression, similarly to drums playing when your creature is being targeted in the Creature Stage.
- There are several pre-made Herbivore cells that have an extra eye that you can sell for more DNA Points.
- The colour of the water ranges from dark blue to light blue. However this does not make sense if the Homeworld actually has red or green water (As chosen when you pick a planet at the start of the game). In some versions of the game the water color may vary around the end of the cell stage depending on your graphics settings.
- This stage is clearly not on a cellular level, as the meat and plant chunks eaten by the cell would have to be formed of tissues made up by multiple cells, and the cells have various body parts such as eyes, fins, and spikes. What the game calls "cells" are clearly actually small animals, such as zooplankton.
- At a certain point, cells are no longer translucent, which implies that they are fish rather than zooplankton at that level.
- If you start from this stage it is possible to have an omnivore with carnivore or herbivore mouthparts in the creature stage and beyond. When you get to the final creature design window before going onto the land, just keep the proboscis (or the opposite type of mouth) on your creature and never delete it again. You can hide it away inside the main mouth or make unique structures with it. For example, the filter feeder looks good as hair!
- There appears to be fishing nets in the water, hinting that there is already life on the planet. It could possibly be a tribe.
- At the final level of the cell stage the water colour turns a murky orange, resembling a beach which is where you go when you finish the stage.
Developmental Commentaries[edit | edit source]
- According to a 15 minute developer demo, "It basically trains you that the game is about creativity, about making your own stuff and getting used to the controls."
- According to a GamingSteve thread, the cellular world is connected to the macroscopic world "in terms of changing your starting point when you enter the macroscopic evolution game".
See also[edit | edit source]
- Cell stage achievements
- List of all creatures encountered in Cell stage
- Cell stage images
- Flow - a game which is similar to the Cell stage.
- Cell Editor
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- Spore.com The official Spore site by EA.