SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
SpongeBob SquarePants is an odd television show. Not just odd, really odd. A cartoon show based on a yellow sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea doesn't sound like an instant hit to me, but you can't argue with its success. SpongeBob makes his debut on the GameCube in SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, a game about a yellow cube on the Cube' how appropriate.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is aimed at the SpongeBob crowd, which is namely kids. However, one of the charms of SpongeBob is that the show has broad appeal that can reach any adult with an off-base sense of humor. And that's why it's fortunate that Battle for Bikini Bottom retains all that's great about the show: the off-base humor, the wacky locales, the eccentric characters, and so much more. Even if the actual game isn't your thing, you'll be hard pressed to not at least chuckle during one of the many funny moments you'll come across while playing.
Combining a popular television character with a platform game is usually a recipe for disaster, but Bikini Bottom somehow avoids the inevitable. At it's a core, Battle for Bikini Bottom is about collecting shiny objects. Lots and lots of shiny objects. Been there, done that right? This would usually be a big downfall for any title, but it never feels like one huge collect-a-thon since the puzzles are interesting and the platforming elements are implemented really well. More importantly, the sheer variety of gameplay keeps things fresh throughout the entire game. While SpongeBob fans will certainly eat this up, you don't have to be familiar with the porous sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea to enjoy Battle for Bikini Bottom. The game is fun in its own right -- the well-used license is just a nice added incentive.
Aesthetically, SpongeBob is pretty average. It has the same cartoon look of the TV show, but in 3D. SpongeBob would probably lend itself better to a cel-shaded style, but what's here works. Framerates are consistently solid and SpongeBob showcases some impressive animation, but there's nothing here that really excels. It does help capture the spirit of the TV show, however, which is undoubtedly the most important part.
SpongeBob has the goods in the audio department though. All of the actors for the TV show (minus the talent behind Mr. Krabs) lend their voice to Battle for Bikini Bottom, so needless to say the voice acting is fantastic. Likewise, the music, which is taken from the show, is really catchy.
I'm no Miss Cleo, but I'm quite sure any game with SpongeBob SquarePants on the box will sell well, regardless of whether or not it's a veritable load of crap. It would have been easy to throw SpongeBob's porous face onto a generic platform game and then wait as the cash rolls in, but instead, SpongeBob and platform fans alike are treated to a well-made title with a load of personality. This is a no-brainer buy for SpongeBob fans, but platform enthusiasts can't go wrong here either.
Download SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP