Yeah I basically found this game because I've been dying for a Spore-done-right. So even games which are bits and pieces of that fevered dream are appealing. But this game does have its own identity and charm.
The problem with that is a simple matter of supply. There are no H-E-B's in my area, and as such, I cannot have the soft tortillas fresh baked as I loved them. I can have tortillas, but they are not soft.
We're talking about digital goods on the Internet, not tortillas; there is no limit of supply. You can buy something digital for the rest of your life and there will always be another copy that can be made. And if it is the only outlet to get a game, then you cannot support competition by getting it somewhere else, nor are you supporting competition by not getting it at all.