Reviewed on: Xbox 360
Also available on: PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, DS
We have all experienced the antics of SpongeBob SquarePants at some point or other in our lives, either as adults or as teens or kids. While this zany character has been featured in various video game titles and other forms of media… does his latest adventure, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge, live up to the legacy that this character has created?
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge kicks things off with a boat dropping batteries in the sea. At this point, the evil Plankton discovers the discarded batteries and formulates a devious plan to once again steal the rather precious Krabby Patty formula from Mr. Krabs’ personal safe, which is located at the Krusty Krab diner. By using a gigantic robot, Plankton successfully steals the Krabby Patty Formula; however, Plankton cannot open the safe without its 3 keys.
Desperate to get the formula back, Mr.Krabs enlists the help of SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy and Squidward in order to recover his personal safe and the secret formula of the Krabby Patty. Mr. Krabs then shows the team a map that displays the location of each key, but during this time Plankton manages to steal the map. The crew then head off to find the keys as well as get Mr.Krabs’ safe back.
When it comes to gameplay, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is definitely aimed at kids. The game is easy to get the hang of and most children under the age of 9 will be entertained for the rather short duration of this title. During each level, whether playing co-op or going solo, each character can use an assortment of weapons, also known as Gizmos, such as the Pickle Blaster, Condiment Cannon, Exploding Pie Launcher, Portable Tartar Sauce, Neptuning Fork, Reef Blower and the Bubblegum Blaster – which can all be upgraded to a certain extent by collecting sprockets, nuts and various other parts from fallen enemies.
Unfortunately the game seems to lack variety, especially when it comes to combat, cutscenes and level design. Furthermore, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge seems to lack a large variety of enemies and you will often find yourself blasting away, or using the rather underpowered melee attacks, against the same enemies over and over again, which eventually becomes a bit of a chore for older players.
Graphically, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is actually not a bad looking game. It’s just a pity that the developers didn’t do more in order to fill these environments with colourful characters and enemy types, rather than keeping them rather barren and uninteresting. While this title has its flaws, it does however shine in the audio department. Each character has been voiced by the original voice artist from the show, which makes it feel like an authentic SpongeBob experience.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge achieves its goal as a kids title; however, it is not the best game to feature the dynamic Sponge and his rather entertaining cast of friends. Overall, if you looking to keep the kids entertained then this title may do just that… but for the older kids you may be better off with something like Angry Birds: Star Wars or something similar.
Lasting Appeal: 2/10