Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, SpongeBob Squarepants, of course! I used to live in a pear in Paraguay, but that’s another story, unrelated to this review of the fun Nintendo 3DS game, SpongeBob Squigglepants. However, though it’s fun and there are over one hundred mini-games you can play in it, the games are similar to WarioWare in that they only last maybe five seconds each. Therefore, you can play and beat this entire game in around an hour. You could say its challenge factor is very low.
The highest I’ve seen a site rate this game so far is a 7 out of 10, and that is probably the highest I’d give it. Don’t get me wrong–there are good things to say about the game, and I’ll get into those, but I would say just because the game can be beaten so relatively quickly, and parts of it are repetitive, I’d give it a 7 at most. Also, the game is based on a 2-dimensional cartoon, so the 3-dimensional qualities of it are not that spectacular.
Now, on to what’s good about it. It’s humorous, it’s fast-paced, and it uses some cool art styles. One of the art styles that look great in 3D is the psychedelic, neon-tinted Simply Bob set, and another was the ruddy, paint-covered Punk collection. The 8-bit PixelBob style that looks like a throwback to games that were the pioneers in the gaming industry is also pretty neat, modelled as it is after retro classics like Pong and Frogger.
Another good aspect of the game is that you can come back to each individual collection, mix them together in Remix or the even faster Hyper Remix, or play one nano-game over and over for practice. Complete 20 games in a row, and you can come back to see how far you can get. You can also earn medals this way, and your high score is tracked for each.
There are a few more complex unlockable mini-games, a video tutorial, and Art Studio mode. Despite a name that implies there would be a lot of creative ways to make pictures (Squigglepants), the game is sadly lacking in this feature. It’s an interesting concept, and perhaps if a sequel is made, the Art Studio mode will be improved.
I didn’t locate any cheats, tricks, or tips that have been posted about this game. However, you likely won’t really need any, if there are any that exist, as the game is not very difficult to beat. If you’re a diehard SpongeBob fan, go ahead and get the SpongeBob Squigglepants for the Nintendo 3DS.
I wrote this review after playing a rental copy. It would probably be a good idea to at least wait until you can hit a sale on it. It’s a fun game and suitable for all ages–it’s just not a game that utilizes the 3DS technology very well, there are too few mini-games, and it is not a challenging game. Younger kids would probably love playing SpongeBob Squigglepants, but it’s probably too easy for older kids. If you have played the game before, and either feel the same way or think the game is one of the best you’ve played, or if your opinion falls anywhere in between, please leave your comments below!
Next game I’ll review: Frogger 3DS!!!