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“Spongebob SquarePants”

I was hoping that if the game at least kept the humour of the TV series alive there was a chance it wouldn't be rubbish, thankfully it isn't

I was hoping that if the game at least kept the humour of the TV series alive there was a chance it wouldn’t be rubbish, thankfully it isn’t

A little smile showed up on my face when I found out this would be my next review, it’s hard not to love SpongeBob and I was hoping that if the game at least kept the humour of the TV series alive there was a chance it wouldn’t be rubbish, thankfully it isn’t.

The first thing worth mentioning is that the game has been fully voiced by the whole cast, which speaks volumes about how much effort has gone into the game, I’ve played enough kids titles to know. Secondly the game actually looks pretty good too, again very faithful to the TV series. But how does it play? I hear you ask, well let me tell you.

The game begins with Plankton, the arch-nemesis, but former best friend, of Mr. Krabs. He operates the Chum Bucket, located directly across the street from Krabs’s restaurant, the Krusty Krab. Plankton’s restaurant is a bit of a failure and all he wants to do is put Mr. Krabs out of business by stealing the “Krabby Patty formula,” a secret recipe used to make the Krusty Krab’s flagship sandwich; however, every attempt to do so has ultimately failed, however this time Plankton has built a huge robot army.

They manage to steal the safe with the formula but thankfully there are three keys that need to be found before it can be opened and Spongebob and his trusty friends are around to save the day! The game allows up to four players over local co-op to visit locations such as Bikini Bottom, to  take on Plankton’s robot army and discover three keys.

The game has been fully voiced by the whole cast

The game has been fully voiced by the whole cast

You get to play as Spongebob, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Squidward or Patrick during the game. The gameplay couldn’t be simpler, A allows you to jump, X to attack any the right trigger fires your weapon, you are able to double jump and pressing X at the top of your jump will perform a splash attack.

There are 7 gizmos (weapons) to collect in the game that can be unlocked as you collect sprockets, there are plenty of these available and they can be obtained by smashing barrels or defeating enemies. There are some great weapons including the Pickle blaster, the Condiment Cannon and the Exploding pie launcher. As you unlock the weapons there are three tiers of upgrades to unlock too, these upgrades increase damage and rate of fire, which helps in later levels when you can get overwhelmed by enemies.

Planktons Robot Army consists of many different enemies from little rolling robots to turrets with machine guns and even turrets that fire bombs at you. Most enemies on their own are easy to manage but the game will throw all types of enemies at you at once, at times it can get a bit much, especially for younger players. The best tactic is to clear out the smaller enemies then concentrate on the larger ones, if multiple players shoot at the same turrets it eventually causes it to overload and explode.

At the end of each section there is a boss section which sees you go up against Plankton’s largest robots, they were all pretty easy to defeat, as long as you avoid their lasers and bombs, making use of the double jump while shooting away. It’s not long before your enemy will be defeated.

here are some great weapons including the Pickle blaster, the Condiment Cannon and the Exploding pie launcher

here are some great weapons including the Pickle blaster, the Condiment Cannon and the Exploding pie launcher

There will be times when you run out of health and get ‘Knocked Out’ but as long as one of your co-op partner’s stands in the green circle around your player you’ll be revived after about 10 seconds. If they fail to revive you then you just respawn minus the sprockets you have collected. The co-op works really well, even with four players; any partners who are falling behind are dragged up to the current location. Players can drop in or out at any time, and when you reach upgrade stations, which turn up at least once per level you can back out and swap the character you are playing as. There are achievements for upgrading all of the weapons for each of the characters, which at least adds some longevity to the game.

If you are a hardcore gamer you are probably not even reading this review as it is clear this isn’t a game for you and if you are an achievement hunter then you’ll be pleased to hear it shouldn’t take too long to get the full 1000 gamer points for this.

As a parent there is little not to like about this game, it’s simple to play and full of Spongebob charm. It will make your children (and you) laugh and it will serve as a great introduction for those of you wishing to get your kids into gaming. There were occasions where I felt the game would be a bit too overwhelming for the younger ones and I didn’t feel that the game needed to punish you for falling from a ledge by taking away all your sprockets but it really is only a minor criticism.

Review: SpongeBob SquarePants - Plankton's Robotic Revenge
What we loved
  • Full Voice Cast is excellent
  • For a kids game it looks really good
  • Co-op works well, lots of great weapons to use
What we hated
  • Losing sprockets as a punishment is a little harsh
  • Some sections could get overwhelming for the younger ones
75%Overall Score
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