See that cute little cell right there? That's you! Isn't he adorable?
But he won't remain that way for long—it's up to you to nurture him so
can he can grow more cells and eventually become a full-blown creature.
Tip: Ah yes, one of the greatest
debates of our era: to eat meat or vegetables? Before you actually enter
the cell-stage, the game offers you such a choice, which will dictate
how your creature grows and interacts with the environment. However, you
can actually have the best of both worlds by becoming an omnivore, but
the cell-stage is your only opportunity to do so. Simply attach the
mouths of both an herbivore and carnivore to your creature, enabling you
to consume just about anything you come across.
Your life begins in a pool of primordial ooze. Take some time to explore
your surroundings by pointing and clicking where you want to go. As you
meander about, you'll find bits of food in the form of plant life
(green) and meat (red). You can devour these by swimming through
them;—they are crucial to your creature's growth! Remember: only
herbivores can eat plants, whereas carnivores must consume meat.
Speaking of those blood-thirsty carnivores, they can also attack other
creatures you encounter by ramming into them. If you defeat another,
they'll drop several bits of food! But keep this in mind: size does
matter. While you can easily tackle a creature your size or smaller,
it's best to avoid the larger ones for now unless you wish to become a
working example of the bottom of the food chain.
As you consume food, you'll find yourself growing larger while your
DNA bar slowly fills. Marked on the bar are certain DNA milestones. The
first time you reach one, you'll be able to call for a mate to pass your
genes onto the next generation. To call for a mate, press the large
button that appears at the bottom of the screen, then follow your heart
(seriously, follow the hearts that appear) to find your soul-mate! After
they do their thing, you'll be taken to the "creature creator" where you
can trick out your-cell. So any time you want to change your creature,
make sure to mate with another.
Think of the creature creator as a living canvas. With it, you can
add, remove, or change the various body parts on your creature to shape
him as you see fit. Each part costs a certain amount of points, so you
have to carefully balance what you add. In addition, you can only use
parts that you've found, and the "complexity meter" (in the upper-right
corner) ultimately restricts how many parts you can add.
When customizing your creature, you can only apply the body parts that
you have found. They can be collected in one of two ways: Bust open
meteor fragments, or defeat creatures to have a chance at them dropping
one. The available body parts range from mouths, to spikes, to eyes.
Each serves a different purpose: spikes are great for ramming and
damaging opponents, while a mouth is helpful for eating the aftermath.
Once you fill up your DNA bar, just slap a pair of legs onto your baby to enter the next evolution stage: creature!