A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SpongeBob Diner Dash is a licensed version of the popular strategy game. And given how SpongeBob thrives in the fast food world, it's one that makes sense. The game is free, but aggressively pushes an upgrade to unlock all the levels of the game -- one that kids (or adults) will likely click on at some point inadvertently. The game also attempts to sign users up for a "newsletter" on Nickelodeon products. Parents concerned about SpongeBob's usual "antics," though, have nothing to fear, as the game is a straight on clone of the Diner Dash series, but with different characters.
What's it about?
Users must seat customers at tables by swiping them from the line to the table itself (earning a bonus by putting them at booths that match their outfit colors), take orders, serve food, present the bill, then clear away the dishes so they can repeat the process with other waiting diners. Customers who have to wait get angry and leave smaller tips (if they don't walk out), though you can curry favor with them by providing free drinks. Those tips can be used to buy upgrades, such as a faster turnaround time on orders or extra speed from waiter SpongeBob.
Is it any good?
While the Diner Dash franchise is an enjoyable one that has a strong legacy in games, SpongeBob Diner Dash does nothing to advance the games. Sure, the characters are familiar to anyone with a TV or passing knowledge of pop culture, but the silliness and slapstick comedy of the show aren't included in the game, making it just a dull port.
Worse, still, the in-your-face promotion of paying for the "full" version of the game crosses the line of annoyance. If the developers were this worried about getting people to pay for the game, they could easily have offered a trial version and a full paid version and accomplished their goals without annoying their customers.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: time management
Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 7, 2012
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 43.00 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
- Last updated: August 19, 2016
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