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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie Package Art
GENRE
Platformer
DEVELOPER
Wayforward
PUBLISHER
THQ
NUMBER OF PLAYERS
1
CONNECTIVITY
No
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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie

What sort of big name holiday blockbuster would be complete without its own handheld game? As opposed to its console counterpart, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie is generally one of the most simplistic platformers you may encounter. Even though Patrick and SpongeBob go through each level attached at the hip, they may as well be only one person. Or... sea creature.

visuals

The game is filled with colorful details, but lacks any real detail. As you go through each level, only a few really stand out from the rest. Otherwise, if you get into a negative mindset, everything just feels the same. It's as if you're revisiting the same area with a fresh coat of paint. The environments can get a bit drab, but the character design is nicely done, incorporating famous cameos as well as brilliant colors that stand out among everything else. This is certainly a great thing, considering the source.

audio

The audio stylings of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie are hardly anything to get worked up about. As per usual, the game is riddled with repetitive, if not annoying, sound effects, as well as music that seems to loop every ten seconds. While it certainly isn't that extreme, you'd do better to leave your headphones at home.

gameplay

Throughout the game's thirty short levels, you'll encounter such platforming icons as the butt bash and the running-smash. Come to think of it, Patrick and SpongeBob combined don't have a whole lot of abilities. Most everything they have at their disposal condones violence in any way. Sure, you can dash across the screen, pushing Patrick's enormous belly towards any opposition, but other than that, there's hardly any reason to go into combat as there was plenty of in the console big brother.

This game is all about the platforming and the collecting. If you happen to come across secret areas, you may end up getting a reward of some sort. You can use the clams you collect to buy extra lives or more special power-ups. These special power-ups allow SpongeBob to go postal and murder pretty much everything on the screen. Okay, so there is a tad bit of violence, just don't expect SpongeBob to swing at every scallop he sees. It can be a rather fun experience, but if you've been playing games for at least a few years, you'll whiz through this one in less than two hours.

multiplayer

N/A

overall

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie is certainly not the best platformer on the Game Boy Advance and it definitely isn't the best licensed title available this year. If you're a big fan of the series or you know a younger gamer who's in need of some SpongeBob action, check it out. Otherwise, you may want to steer clear and check out the console version instead.

final score 6.0/10





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