If you've been dying to get a first taste of Spore but can't wait for the game's September 7 release date, there's a solution. As Shacknews reports, Maxis has released a demo of the Spore Creature Creator.
In essence, the Creature Creator puts players in the driving seat of Spore's procedural character generation system. Players are free to come up with the most unlikely life forms imaginable, and the game engine takes care of skinning and animation.
According to Shacknews, players should be able to carry creatures generated in the demo over to the full game. Maxis also plans to release a full version of the Creature Generator for $10 tomorrow. In the meantime, the demo is available as a 206MB download from FileShack.