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Will Spore run on a Macbook?

Say What??

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Feb 24, 2008
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I'm trying to decide whether to get a Macbook pro or a Macbook. I would rather have a Macbook, but I realllly wanna be able to play Spore. Do you think Spore will work on a Macbook?
 

Tallest Skil

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Aug 13, 2006
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Not well, I'd wager. It will run nicely, but on nowhere near the highest settings.

I think Spore is a fun game concept that is well worth playing. Look for me on the MSORPG; I'll be the one with an interstellar empire spanning thirty star systems. ;)

Seriously: make your own creature? I'd give him butts for eyes... and seven legs.
 
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Say What??

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Feb 24, 2008
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Not well, I'd wager. It will run nicely, but on nowhere near the highest settings.

I think Spore is a fun game concept that is well worth playing. Look for me on the MSORPG; I'll be the one with an interstellar empire spanning thirty star systems. ;)

Seriously: make your own creature? I'd give him butts for eyes... and seven legs.

darn, I like the macbook pro, i just question it's portibility. The game does sound fun and interesting!
 
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rustyrobot

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Sep 7, 2008
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By the way, Spore isn't really about scientific evolution. Yes, your creature evolves, but not by any means of natural selection, genetic drift, or any other evolutionary mechanism. It is just as much of a game about scientific evolution as pokemon is, except you design your character. It still looks fun though, my roommate has it. Terrific editor.
 
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Metuas

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Aug 1, 2008
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Under a rock.
Should do pretty well. It performs well on my dad's absolutely trashed HP 2.13GHz C2D PC, so I can't imagine it doing any worse on a brand-spanking new MacBook.

That said, you may want the dedicated graphics of the MBP to improve gameplay.

That game is friggin' addicting though. Hope to see your creations floating about in my world.
 
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KineticEcho

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System Requirements

from the Box of the "Spore Galactic Edition":

SO: Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard
Processor: Intel Core Duo (not working on PPC G3/G4/G5)
RAM: 1024
HD: 4,7GB of free space plus additional space for creations
Video Card: ATI X1600/NVIDIA 7300GT with 128MB RAM or INTEL GMA X3100 (Not working on GMA 950)
Internet connection
 
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MasterNile

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Apr 9, 2008
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"PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


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FOR WINDOWS XP
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 512 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.


FOR WINDOWS VISTA
* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 768 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.


When launching the game, some Microsoft Vista users may receive a warning about running out of address space along with a link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base. If you see this message, it is recommended that you follow the instructions and go to the website listed in the message to update your system.


For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.
* 768 MB RAM


Supported Video Cards
NVIDIA GeForce series
FX 5900, FX 5950
6200, 6500, 6600, 6800,
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
9600, 9800, GTX 260, GTX 280


Intel® Extreme Graphics
GMA 950, GMA X3000, GMA X3100



ATI Radeon™ series
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900
3450, 3650, 3850, 3870,
4850


Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slowly. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts, such as the 945GU, GML, and GMS, will not perform adequately.


Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants will have low settings selected, but should run satisfactorily.


Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn’t listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.


The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.



MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


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Spore requires at least the following:
* Mac OS X 10.5.3 Leopard or higher
* Intel Core Duo Processor
* 1024 MB RAM
* ATI X1600 or NVIDIA 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100
* At least 4 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for creations.


This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems (PowerMac).


For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset GMA X3100
* Dual 2.0GHz CPUs, or 1.7GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent


Supported Video Cards

NVIDIA GeForce series
7300, 7600, 8600, 8800


ATI Radeon™ series
X1600, X1900, HD 2400, HD 2600


Intel® Extreme Graphics
GMA X3100
This game will not run on the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards"-
From the Spore website

although on Macs it says the GMA 950 isn't supported it says it is supported on PC, so under bootcamp it may work but you're probably gonna be barely managing if it does work on XP or Vista
 
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jeejeebu

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Jun 25, 2007
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I've got a late 2006 MacBook, and the creature creator part (you know, basically half the fun of the game) will NOT run properly. I basically have to blindly edit my creatures. If anyone knows a fix for this (save buying a MacBook Pro) let me know.
 
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haaz

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May 20, 2003
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Deism aside, what about DRM?

I read that Spore is afflicted with a nasty DRM scheme. Has this affected your ability to play or use it? I'm less inclined to purchase it if it is DRM-afflicted; that it won't run on any of our Macs is a second shot of poison in its little wriggly arm.
 
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neiltc13

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May 27, 2006
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Download Spore Creature Creator and see if it runs on your computer. If it runs fine then the full game will be fine. I've tested it on a 2.2GHz MacBook and it is definitely playable.

Don't waste your money on MacBook Pro.
 
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haze

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Nov 11, 2007
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Download Spore Creature Creator and see if it runs on your computer. If it runs fine then the full game will be fine. I've tested it on a 2.2GHz MacBook and it is definitely playable.

Don't waste your money on MacBook Pro.

Buy a refurb MBP for $1,300.
 
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zachsilvey

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Feb 5, 2008
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spore is officially out, it runs ok on os x on a macbook.

but if you run it on windows using bootcamp more ram is allocated for the video card, this allows the game to run more smoothly.
 
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Slippery Gimp

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Aug 2, 2008
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God would have a Macbook Pro, but He'd wait for the refresh models. Spore might be a busman's holiday for him though, I think He's more into his FPS's. I wonder if He can get Crysis to run at full speed with all the detail turned on.
 
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devilot

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Hey folks? Let's keep this ON TOPIC please. And if you're set on discussing politics, religion, etc., then please do so in the proper forum, the PRSI. Thanks.
 
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sbpilot4

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Sep 5, 2019
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I realize this forum is over 10 years old and I'm very late to the party...

That being said, why won't a 2017 MBP run Spores Galactic Adventures?

I'm trying to decide whether to get a Macbook pro or a Macbook. I would rather have a Macbook, but I realllly wanna be able to play Spore. Do you think Spore will work on a Macbook?
 

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bobnugget

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Nov 15, 2006
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That seems to have broken with Mojave, I'm sure it was working with High Sierra... (on a 2012 MacBook Pro).

Looks like it is 32-bit and will not work on Catalina, but then it is just using WINE anyway, so someone may make a patch.
 
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