GAME. The evolution simula­tion game Spore lets users control creatures from small organisms to fully developed space explorers.

Evolution expert Jonas Hagström from the Museum of Natural History had a chance to play Spore to see just how realistic SimCity creator Will Wright's latest effort really is.

“The graphics are very nice. On the other hand, the way you design the creatures is a little backwards. It's supposed to happen by chance after all,” said Hagström.

Users begin as a microbe which rides on a comet that crashes into a planet, a dubious possibility when it comes to the origins of life on earth, according to Hagström.