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The Earth is an Easter egg planet. Earth, along with other planets from the real life Solar system, can be found in the game. Once a player finds Earth, they are rewarded the "Manifest Destiny" Achievement. If a player chooses to destroy Earth with the Planet Buster, they will also achieve the "Oh the Humanity!" achievement. Earth is uninhabited by default, but sometimes, creatures can stroll around the planet.
The following shall describe Earth's ingame characteristics. For Earth's characteristics in real life, see the Wikipedia page.
Earth has a Terrascore of 1 (High Atmosphere). Many different interpretations have been formed by players to explain this, ranging from a reference to global warming to a general comment that, despite being the origin of humankind, Earth is not necessarily the best planet to harbor life in the universe.
Other explanations suggest that Spore is set before the age of mankind millions of years in the past, before Earth was ever inhabited by humans, which may involve the theory that aliens visted Earth millions of years ago. By the Space stage it is about 2 billion years.
Another answer is that humans are extinct on Earth or left due to inhospitable conditions, placing the game's setting in the future. The "Earth in the future" theory can be backed up by the fact that in the history timeline it shows how long you've been in the Spore galaxy. This would explain the modern continental positions. Finally, Earth could be just a random planet called Earth and a star called Sol, or that the game is set in a different universe where the Earth is in the condition it is in in-game.
The most respectable (and arguably, most mundane) reason that they did this is simply to make Earth's landmasses more visible, with less plants blocking your view. However, since no confirmation of these explanations have been provided by the game creators, the possibility that this was simply a developer's oversight remains.
Strangely though, Earth turns a brown-red color when it reaches a terrascore of T3.
The proportions of Earth are surprisingly small, with many small countries such as the UK or Ireland shown as being the size of an average spaceship. However this is due to the game's processor and engine; it should be noted that Earth is the same size as other terrestrial planets in Spore.
In addition, when the atmosphere is decreased to make Earth T3, many of Earth's continents (including South America, parts of North America, much of Europe, and Australia) become flooded, again prompting some players to cite this as a reference to global warming. The only way to make Earth T3 without flooding it is to use the Staff of Life, necessary if the player wishes Earth to remain recognizable.
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If you want to colonize the planet, it seems like the only locations to build a colony without mutilating the terrain too much is Northern Asia or Antarctica, although there have been reports of very low or no terrain manipulation if placed in Africa or America from some gamers. Earth is usually a yellow spice planet, but can have green, pink or purple spice in some cases.
It is suggested that before you depart your home system, to buy lots of Bio-Protectors, Bio-Stablizers, and Uber turrets in case you want to colonize all of Sol and have high security. Make sure to ally with or destroy any other empires near Sol so they don't attack.
Earth can be given advanced life as it is possible to place a monolith on it. However it should be noted that once life reaches the Civilization phase, the cities that spawn will most likely distort the geography in many areas. This is a cool feature, as it gives the possibility of forming an alliance with, or conquering, an Earth-based empire.
Since the game tries to spawn cities on areas with sufficient land area, terrain distortion is minimal in North and South America, Antarctica, Australia, and parts of Asia and Africa. However, Europe, West Asia, and coastal regions of many continents suffer from severe distortion. Europe seems to be the most heavily impacted region. Once Earth life reaches space it will behave as a normal NPC empire in terms of alliances and trading. Earth life also behaves as normal NPCs in all previous phases.
The following landforms appear in Spore and can be found in real life.
- Himalaya Mountains
- Rocky Mountains
- The Andes
- Ethiopian Highlands
- Scandinavian Peninsula
- Italian Peninsula
- Arabian Peninsula
- The Alps
- Amazon Basin
- Great Lakes
- Ural Mountains
- Mount Everest
- Grand Canyon
- Iberian Peninsula
- Philippine Islands
- New Guinea
- Malay Peninsula
- Korean Peninsula
- British Isles
- New Zealand
- Florida is always covered by water/lava/ice unless there is no water on Earth
- Uluru (needs citation)
If you make it to the Galactic Core, Steve will give you the Staff of Life. He also mentions the "third rock from Sol", which describes Earth. Although he mentions a "free breakfast and presentation", if you do go to Earth there will be nothing new there. This may indicate that Steve originated from Earth and is an example of humans in future times, or it may just be a joke from Maxis.
- At different terrascore levels
- Due to Earth changing color when becoming T-3, some players may not want to terraform, but this can be countered with planet coloring tools.
- While on the Earth, planets seen as faint star-like twinkles are seen in plain sight, many times magnified. Jupiter appears in the sky orders of magnitude bigger than in real life.
- For some reason, Britain appears to be connected with Europe. This is most notable with the Hologram Scout. However, this may vary as Earth varies slightly between games.
- There is a glitch where, if a planet with the geography of Earth appears in place of the nearest habitable planet to your homeworld, the crashed alien spaceship that is supposed to be present at the beginning of the Space Stage will not spawn and you will be unable to progress.
- There's also a glitch where upon finding Earth for the first time, it will be completely flat brown land with no water or geographic features. This can be fixed by simply leaving the Sol system and then going back. This should cause the game to reload Earth normally.