A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The app is highly interactive, but some users might not realize they're supposed to be looking for jelly beans as the story progresses.
Violence & Scariness
Plankton tries his best to open a safe using a variety of destructive means, including a nuclear explosion. The inside of the snow mollusk's stomach is also a bit more realistic than you might expect from a cartoon app. Overall, though, all of the violence is very cartoonish.
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Products & Purchases
The app is meant as a promotional vehicle for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants television show (which, itself, is highly commercialized).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SpongeBob Frozen Face Off is a book app with gaming elements for the iPad. The story centers on parts of an episode of the Nickelodeon television show and is likely to appeal to kids who are fans. The emphasis is more on entertainment than education, though. While the book can be read to the user by the character Plankton or by the user themself, the story depends on users finding hidden items.
Is It Any Good?
SpongeBob Frozen Face Off has a bit of dual personality disorder. It can't decide if it's a game or a book. It succeeds more as the later. The story, taken from a new episode of the show, is certainly funny. And the voice acting is fantastic (due to the use of the same actor who voices Plankton on TV). It's even nice to have an alternate ending, depending on how successful you are in finding jellybeans in the story. But ultimately, the app falls a bit short -- leaving you with the feeling you've just watched an overly long introductory sequence and wondering exactly what you had paid for.
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