Demand appears high for a device that's already seen record sales. Analysts say Apple will sell at least 6 million in the first weekend.
The video game hatched by Sims creator Will Wright, who recently left publisher EA, now features far more types of organisms than there are species on Earth.
With release of EA's Spore Creatures for the iTunes store, iPhone users can help their lifeforms evolve by finding food, battling enemies, and growing new body parts.
The Electronic Arts studio is making it possible for the large community of users of its evolution game to create applications, and is running a contest to inspire the best.
At its State of the Universe event, EA talks about its new children's version of Spore, as well as Galactic Adventures, the first Spore expansion, and the Wii and DS versions of the game.
It will be one of several titles distributed via Valve's Steam platform. The move is likely to win EA points with gamers.
Twentieth Century Fox is behind the CGI movie, and Variety reports that "Ice Age" director Chris Wedge is splicing its genes.
The pseudo-Darwinian life simulator Spore has been pegged by EA to evolve from video game to full-blown cinematic feature film, and the director of Ice Age is splicing the genes
EA probably isn't too happy about having two games in this list of the top 10 most pirated.
Fans of Spore can now create unique creatures through a free Web-based game. With Spore Creature Creator 2-D, anyone can design an alien.