Spongebob Squarepants Plankton’s Robotic Revenge Review
Cart: Spongebob Squarepants Plankton’s Robotic Revenge
Cab: Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U
Coin: Behaviour Interactive
It is always incredibly hard to judge games like this, as their core gameplay principles: lots of repetition, collecting and unchallenging play, are not what keeps adults interested. These games always get a rough ride from reviewers, yet end up getting played for far more hours than the latest blockbuster ever would.
Yes, it is easy to compare them to the likes of Super Mario Galaxy and its multi faceted gameplay approach and deem them far inferior, but Mario Galaxy and its ilk are not really aimed at the under 10s, despite what Call of Duty Dave might tell you.
Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge has been created for a certain age group and market, and for them, this is a great game. Playing a lot like Ratchet and Clank: All4one, this is a cooperative brawler/blaster with minimal puzzles, plenty to collect and fairly non stop action. The levels are pretty much totally linear, with the odd exception, and you fight through wave after wave of similar foes, upgrading your arsenal as you go with the action only rarely broken up by a minigame here or a boss battle there.
Decent little game for the kids, and at a good price
Four players can bang through the main campaign cooperatively on PS3 and Xbox 360, with up to five on Wii U. The co-op element is entirely drop in/drop out and makes the game considerably easier, as you only have to restart a section if all players are killed at once. The combat is as you would expect, with the usual array of moves and many ranged weapons to buy and the occasional special move to use.
The world of Bikini Bottom has been replicated well, and there are many famous spots that your kids will recognise and relate to. The developer has opted for a slightly odd look that makes the characters seem as though they are made from clay. A strange choice, but I actually liked it, and my kids didn’t care or notice either way.
The game is fully voiced, which really will make a difference to young fans of the show, and the script, while nowhere near as witty as the TV show, raised a couple of smiles along the way.
Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is repetitive, and one of those games that adults just aren’t going ‘get’, but that doesn’t really matter. When your kids play a game to death one day, yet still want to play it day after day, you know it is a decent game, designed with them in mind. The excellent cooperative options mean that you can join in with them and opt in or out at any time, and there is plenty for them to unlock and find.
Yes, it clearly is not aimed at adults, and it is not as creative as LittleBigPlanet, or as entertaining as the LEGO games, but it is an excellent foil to them in your kid’s collection, and is pretty much essential if your child is a fan of Spongebob and his weird little world.
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Editor and founder of VoxelArcade and The Smartphone App Review. Favourite games: Uridium 2, Frontier: Elite II, Sensible World of Soccer, Far Cry 3, Zelda: Ocarina, Metroid Prime, Solar Quest, F-Zero GX, Monkey Island 2 and Tetris.