SpongeBob Frozen Face Off

 
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Interactive story based on the popular cartoon, with gaming.

What parents need to know

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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Consumerism

The app is meant as a promotional vehicle for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants television show (which, itself, is highly commercialized).

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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.

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QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:August 10, 2011
Category:Books
Topics:Superheroes
Size:201.00 MB
Publisher:Nickelodeon
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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