You heard that Spore is actually five games? And the first four are just a really long pre-game? With ongoing tutorial? Believe it. And the controls change between stages. Heck, between Creature and Tribe they reverse. Talk about confusing. Sigh.
I persevered up to the end of Tribe, but haven't had the drive to try Civilization yet (which, I am told and believe, really is Civilization, in small.)
Oh, and the first three stages don't really last long enough. I don't expect the fourth to last long enough, either.
My son is still enjoying it, but me... I just don't know.