SpongeBob Squigglepants Review
Wii | 3DS
SpongeBob Squigglepants Box Art
System: Wii, 3DS
Dev: WayForward Technologies
Pub: THQ
Release: April 12, 2011
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: N/A Comic Mischief

Though this mini-game doesn't work at all, most of the games in SpongeBob Squigglepants at least work, but the trouble is that the controls just aren't that intuitive. One game that was lifted direct from Wario Ware Smooth Moves involves answering the telephone (no really, it is EXACTLY the same) but instead of picking up a Wii-mote you have to draw a diagonal line on the uDraw tablet. It doesn't make much sense and feels awkward. The game ends up feeling like a DS port of a Wii game, which is a bit backwards (and a little ironic when you think about it).

SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot

Unfortunately, the game also suffers from being very short. The mini-games are all very easy to figure out, and you can unlock all of the different paintings in two or three hours, without much skill. Much of the mini-games focus on trial and error, and once you figure out the gimmick, going back through them after you've figured them out is fairly boring. Interestingly, the game does not have a multiplayer mode (which is rare for a mini-game compilation), so unless you have a lot of time on your hands to replay through tons of mini-games you've already played before, you'll be done with this game the second you unlock the last painting. Though there is a free-draw mode, the drawing tools you can use in uDraw's pack-in software are much more satisfying.

Production values in SpongeBob Squigglepants are fairly good. Each of the art-stylized games look good, and the live action scenes with Patchy the Pirate look satisfactory. Though nothing about the game is really a technical marvel, the look of the game at least meets expectations, and during my time with it I didn't encounter any technical issues or glitches.

Advertisement

SpongeBob Squigglepants is a fun game, and if it would have come out 3-4 years ago, I'm sure it would be well-received. However, the game suffers quite a bit from being nearly a carbon copy of a game that has been imitated to death. Unfortunately, this isn't made better by the use of an unintuitive peripheral, and some controls that don't always work well. Though the kiddie sect might have some fun with this title (and you can't beat its budget price if you already have a uDraw peripheral), older SpongeBob fans will find the game a little too derivative, and the peripheral makes the gameplay feel awkward rather than fresh. SpongeBob Squiggle Pants seems like the type of game that will work better on a handheld rather than home console. Incidentally, a 3DS version will be released in a few weeks, so we'll see if this game can improve any when it switches consoles.

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.3
Graphics
Graphics look decent. Different art "styles" in the mini-game universe are fun, especially the 8-bit visuals
2.9
Control
uDraw controls are largely unintuitive, and sometimes don't work at all.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Background music is very repetitive, and Patchy the Pirate's commentary can get annoying after awhile.
2.8
Play Value
You'll be done with this title after an afternoon, as there are no bonus or multiplayer modes to extend the experience.
2.9
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Frantic Nanogames - More than 100 Nanogame challenges that are frantically timed for laugh-out-loud and fast-paced fun.
  • Wacky Gameplay - Draw, tilt, tap, drag, press, and flick through six zany SpongeBob worlds.
  • NEW! Splashin' SpongeBob Looks - Never-before-seen SpongeBob art collections unlocked from the Nickelodeon vault and featured in six vibrant worlds.
  • Patchy LIVE! - Innovative live cinematic scenes featuring Patchy, president of the SpongeBob fan club, who will serve as a guide and add hilarity and comic relief throughout the game.
  • Bottomless Creativity - Create, color and draw anything imaginable with custom paints, palettes, stamps, and art tools.
  • SD-Card Support - uDraw capability enables players to save, share, and print their artwork.

  • Screenshots / Images
    SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot - click to enlarge SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot - click to enlarge SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot - click to enlarge SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot - click to enlarge SpongeBob Squigglepants Screenshot - click to enlarge

    X
    "Like" CheatCC on Facebook