SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton’s Robotic Revenge Review

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SpongeBob SquarePants has already had a few outings on the Xbox 360 console having appeared first as a US only Xbox LIVE Arcade game many, many years ago, then progressing on to his own road trip with Kinect way back 2011 and now more recently at retail in Plankton’s Robotic Revenge. If you are already conjuring up images in your mind of how much this game is aimed at children then you would be right, but the kids need something to play too don’t they?

SpongeBob SquarePants Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is downright awful if you’re an adult; even if you find the cartoon series remotely funny, the video game itself within Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is graphically vile and borderline depressive. With a PEGI rating to suit gamers aged 7 years or older it’s likely to be quite insulting to a seven year old who is likely to get bored to death looking at some of the worst underwater scenery ever created with SpongeBob himself looking more like a choc-ice with teeth. It begs the question if the design department of Behaviour Interactive were all on work-experience during the development of this super sickly garbage.

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The simple plot is based around Plankton taking the Krabby Patty formula and SpongeBob, along with Sandy, Patrick and other well-known cartoon folk from the series must run and jump everywhere possible to retrieve it or else perhaps the world will end, maybe SpongeBob will dry off or god-knows-what… I know I am slating it to death already, but even children need something decent to play and not some crap heap like this with the SpongeBob name plastered all over it.

Gameplay wise it is very simplistic; think along the lines of Super Mario without the fun or challenging environments. If you have a child that just likes to press a few buttons without any thought process then this is perfect. You can run, double jump, melee the enemies on screen and obtain super Gizmo’s to kill just about anything in sight. What I will add is that the boss levels although not challenging are more about patience and how you only need keep shooting until it eventually ends and moves on to another chapter.  There’s not a lot else I can add because it is so damn basic, it’s a 3D platformer with cooperative options for four players with very little to do. In co-op mode it does add team working abilities where multiple players need to press different buttons, but it is not really worth the praise.

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Visually it looks equally as bad as it plays so there’s some continuity to the game at least. Graphically it is very much of an average Xbox LIVE Arcade title to look at. You might even wonder why it isn’t an Xbox LIVE title, but then it wouldn’t have had so many easy Achievements to grab. It has a basic colour palette albeit bright and aiming to be in contrast to the cartoon series, but nothing about it impresses in any way. There’s not a lot of content to review when all you have to do is keep jumping or running your way through to an end of chapter.

Basic gameplay, basic visuals, basic controls. Giving this to your seven year old child might result in them actually preferring to learn chess!

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