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Kids will enjoy 'SpongeBob Heropants'
Feb 25, 2015
By John Powell - G4 Canada
After playing second fiddle to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy for all these years, SpongeBob Squarepants can finally be the hero he always wanted to be with his trusty buddy Patrick Star at his side.
A companion to the new 'Sponge Out of Water' movie, 'SpongeBob Heropants,' the handheld 3DS game, follows our porous pal as he is given temporary super powers by Bubbles the Talking Dolphin so he can save Bikini Bottom. He must do this by collecting pages from a magic tome before an evil force's plans can come to fruition.
Players can choose to be either SpongeBob as The Invincibubble, Patrick as Mr. Superawesomeness, Squidward as Sour Note or Mr. Crab as Sir Pinch-a-Lot.
An open-world platformer of sorts, you will comb the outskirts of Bikini Bottom for the pages while navigating though traps, solving some simple puzzles and busting the chops of some bad guys including giant spatulas, evil robot Planktons and collecting keys so you can move from one section to the next.
If overwhelmed by evil doers or foiled by the environment, you can activate your short-term handy dandy super powers and make jumps which are normally impossible or trounce the bosses who stand in your way of rescuing Bikini Bottom.
The level designs themselves are quite mundane right out of the gate but do become more complex as you play through. There are sufficient tricky platforms to pilot, jellyfish to jump and enemies to eradicate. What's discouraging though is the environments don't change a whole heck of a lot. You roam around the same yellow sand cluttered with seaweed and shells for quite some time making you wonder if this is the game's perpetual look or will you reach a new level and a welcome change of colour any time soon.
From an adult's perspective, the game's difficultly is quite low. One assumes it was developed specifically for younger SpongeBob fans. Players with any kind of platforming experience will rarely die and if they do, it will be at the hands of an awkward jump or a boss not a commonplace adversary. For that reason, unless they are die-hard SpongeBob buffs, teens and adults should probably avoid the 3DS version, unless they are looking for a game they can totally and utterly obliterate.
Younger gamers will be challenged but certainly not frustrated by 'SpongeBob Heropants' and will be able to readily forgive some of its shortcomings of a world where you don't need a licence to drive a sandwich.
Rating: 5 / 10
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