“Spore has stopped working” under Vista fix

If you’ve just installed Spore to Vista and you’re getting a “spore has stopped working” error immediately on launch…

First, uninstall and reinstall.

After it’s done installing, stop.

Strike one for Spore

EA-Store Download Manager Installed, Spore Downloaded, Decrypted, Installed, “Play”, Black Screen, “Spore has stopped running”.

Under the game I found an exception report, which says “DasmX86Dll.dll was not found”.

Some Googling indicates people tried reinstalling, I suspect it didn’t like me putting it on my G: drive, LiveOne Care or Vista.

7 hours to Spore

I’m hardly giddy about Spore, my “hype-dar” is overloaded so I am basing my expectations on the creature creator, which sets them at very low. I dabbled with the Playable Prototypes but that just left me with the sense that Spore is likely to very “artsy”, Will Wright’s “The Village”; it feels like they had this good notion for a game but they couldn’t decide what they wanted to make. Hence the all-over-the-place hype and the carless bandying of words like “evolution” meaning “you get a handful of choices”.

Note I am being excessively sceptical, deliberately… I did, after all, get up at 6am in the morning to see if my pre-download had unlocked :)