SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

a game by THQ

Platform: GBA

Genre: Action

See also: SpongeBob Games

Plankton's up to it again. This time he's unleashed a bunch of crazy robots but forgot to turn on the 'Obey Plankton—ć? switch. So now they're scaring off customers from the Krusty Krab and stealing the Krabby Patties. It's up to Spongebob to take care of business, retrieve the patties, and clean up the town.

I can only hope other companies use Battle for Bikini Bottom as a guide on how to make a good, playable side-scroller. While the game appears to be geared towards younger crowds or the casual player, it does so without being condescending or boring to more advanced players. As Spongebob you have to walk around and find Krabby Patties and the three Golden Spatulas on each level to progress to the next. There are extra levels that can be unlocked and played if all the patties are found on a level. Miss a patty? It's easy enough to go back and play previous levels and find 'em all. The situations you get Spongebob into usually aren't too difficult to get out of but the bosses can be a bit challenging. The one feature that parents are likely to like best is that this is really a very non-violent game unless you perceive blowing bubbles, chomping flowers, bouncing off robots, and activating warp gates with spatulas to be violent. Another nicety is that performing all of these tasks feels good on the thumbs ' the controls are quite simple and responsive.

The graphics and sounds are true to the TV show and they look and sound great on the GBA. The animation is decent also. One major highlight in this reviewer's opinion is that the background art is nice, but doesn't get in the way of the foreground making the game that much more playable and less confusing.

Overall I found SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom to be a good mix of eye, ear, and thumb candy and a nice way to drain the batteries on your GBA. I would certainly recommend this game to any Spongebob fans or people that want to enjoy a nice platform gameplay experience.

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