SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge

Common Sense Media says

Overly simplistic, tedious tie-in to the cartoon.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

SpongeBob and company try to help their friend after his carefully guarded Krabby Patty recipe is stolen. 

Positive role models

Plankton is not a sea creature to be negotiated with, so SpongeBob and friends must destroy his robot minions -- usually by blasting them with guns. 

Ease of play

The game is incredibly easy to play and does not have difficulty settings. It's designed so anyone can defeat it -- and do so with fairly little trouble. 

Violence

Players use punches, spin/swat attacks, and projectile weapons such as pickle blasters, condiment shooters, and pie cannons (which mimic the more realistic weapons in other action games) to destroy robotic enemies and turrets. The somewhat frenetic combat is accompanied by frequent explosions and comical yelps. Enemies disappear amid colorful bursts of light and collectible sprockets when defeated.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The game is based on the popular children's cartoon, which has many marketing tie-ins. Kids who want this game are likely to ask to watch the show or buy other products that feature the characters. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge is an action/adventure game that features plentiful cartoon violence. Players shoot and slap enemy robots as they attempt to recover a stolen recipe. The game is the latest marketing arm of the SpongeBob franchise, and kids who play it may ask for more toys or to watch the television show. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

In SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: PLANKTON'S ROBOTIC REVENGE, the greedy Plankton once again tries to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula, this time with an army of robots aiding him. As SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, or Mr. Krabs, players explore the campaign's three levels, attacking robots with a melee or a cleverly named weapon (all of which are basically cartoony versions of the weapons you'll find in any action game: an assault rifle, a shotgun, and so forth). Destroying enemies (or barrels) unlocks gizmos, which can be used to upgrade the weapons. Each level ends with a boss fight.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although expectations are generally fairly low for a SpongeBob game, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge still fails to live up to them. It offers cooperative play (allowing siblings and friends to play together in the same room), but the gameplay is incredibly repetitive -- and the level design feels like an afterthought. Even the boss battles are similar. 

To win, all you have to do is run around holding the "attack" button and dodging slow enemy fire. Should you move too slowly and fall in the field, friends can come stand near you and revive you. The game is short, uninspired, and graphically lacking -- with the exception of the introductory and cut scenes, which are much more polished. 

Worst of all, though, the game's not funny, despite the presence of the show's vocal cast. Were it not for the constant shooting, this might be a good game for a 5- or 6-year-old, but, as it stands, it's not a good choice for anyone. 

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 22, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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