SpongeBob Marbles & Slides

Common Sense Media says

Fun and varied physics puzzler set in Bikini Bottom.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a good, in-depth tutorial that explains all the controls and strategies very well. It sometimes feels like the tilt controls are not sensitive enough (i.e., you have to really tip your device far over in order to make the marbles roll), but for the most part, the controls work well.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The game features licensed characters from the very popular and wide-reaching SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon franchise.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob Marbles & Slides is a strategic and thoughtful physics puzzle game that just happens to use characters and settings from the popular cartoon. There's a bizarre storyline in which the greedy Plankton has somehow transformed SpongeBob and Patrick into marbles and sent them down a drain so he could steal the secret formula to Krabby Patties. But that plot is only related to quick lines of written dialogue in between levels and has little to do with the actual gameplay. The game itself focuses on using a wide-ranging array of techniques (tilting, drawing, deflecting, etc.) to guide marbles toward an exit.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • persevering

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This is almost like a Greatest Hits app for marble games. The combination of different techniques makes it fresh and fun, even for those not familiar with SpongeBob.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn about physics as they create slides and runs to direct marbles as well as develop resilience as they redo levels and learn from their mistakes.

Support

There's a good, in-depth tutorial that explains the controls and strategies very well. At beginning levels, kids can follow guidelines to draw a path for the marble. Players are also rewarded with objects to be used in other levels.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • gravity
  • motion
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • developing novel solutions

Emotional Development

  • developing resilience
  • persevering

Kids can learn about physics as they create slides and runs to direct marbles. In doing so, they'll observe two of Newton's laws, seeing that an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless an external force is applied, and seeing how factors influence an object's motion. Kids will develop thinking and reasoning skills as they predict how the marbles will react to obstacles. The erase feature, which gives players the chance to erase their paths and redo them, allows kids to develop persistence and learn from mistakes. SpongeBob Marbles & Slides is a fun experience in the physics of pinball.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids use a finger to draw lines to create runs and slides, and then press buttons and tilt the device, similar to playing a pinball machine, to move the SpongeBob-marble on designated paths, past obstacles, and through different levels. At beginning levels, kids can follow guidelines to draw a path for the marbles to follow. As they advance through levels, the environment offers objects to aid and obstacles to hinder the marbles moving toward the goal. Players are rewarded with objects to be used in other levels.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are plenty of marble-game apps out there, including ones in which you tilt your device to roll marbles through a maze, ones in which you draw lines to guide marbles, and ones in which you bounce marbles around like pinballs -- but SPONGEBOB MARBLES & SLIDES does all of that in one game. Plus more. The combination of different techniques is what keeps this app feeling fresh and fun, whether you're a SpongeBob fan or not.

In addition, you'll also see levels in which you need to roll over switches to open doors, and levels in which you use magnets to pull marbles in different directions. It's almost like a Greatest Hits app for marble games. The SpongeBob story is undeniably strange, though, as if the writers had a really hard time trying to come up with a plot in which SpongeBob could be a marble.

Families can talk about...

  • Discuss simple machines with your child. Point out examples of slides, levers, pulleys, and wheels that you encounter.

  • Create a marble run at home by taping cardboard paper towel and toilet paper rolls and other objects from around the house to a wall. Experiment with different placements for different outcomes.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$1.99-$3.99
Release date:October 8, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:MTV Networks
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later, Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 10 years old Written byMiranda Cosgrov... March 29, 2011
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2
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It is sussposed to be easy to play because it is fun and easy for all ages!

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Kid, 10 years old Written byScissorLuv July 22, 2011
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great

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Too much consumerism
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