JimboFBX writes "The Spore creature creator has been released. It's a limited demo, but it lets you make a full creature and test drive it a little. It gives some insight on what you'll be able to do with your creatures. Personally, the novelty already wore off within 10 minutes. From what I can tell, the full creature creator is a separate purchase from the actual game. Gotta love EA."
An anonymous reader points to a thread at More Awesome Than You alleging that this creature creator also contains some phone-home features
which might be cause for concern.