SpongeBob Moves In

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Build your own Bikini Bottom, but beware in-app buys.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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Educational Value

SpongeBob Moves In wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is fairly easy. Kids will need to be able to read the instructions that pop up for new quests and other activities.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The game encourages kids to build more and more parts of a city and complete quests -- all of which require in-game cash. As the levels increase and the time to complete those projects grows longer, users can pay to speed things up, which may require players to purchase more currency using real-world cash. The game is also based on a well-merchandised franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob Moves In is a city-building simulation game that is based on the popular cartoon. Players complete an endless stream of tasks and build out their towns, using in-game cash. This is easily earned, but the time to build projects increases exponentially as the game progresses, which makes paying real money for these upgrades more tempting. There's no objectionable content or rude jokes, which are common in SpongeBob products, but the push for in-app purchases is noteworthy. Players on iOS devices can share scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Kid, 11 years old February 18, 2021

Good game

This game is easy because you just complete quests and build your town. This game is so easy to play.
Teen, 16 years old Written byclarise123 March 24, 2019

too many dumb stuff for spongebob.

when will they stop making this show?!

What's it about?

Players are regularly tasked with challenges -- whether it's collecting rent or making five Krabby Patties -- and must tap on the appropriate building to do so. Each building has only a limited number of open slots for cooking or building items. To use other slots, players must pay to unlock them. Feeding characters what they want at just the right time results in bonuses, which range from more cash or starfish (which help you level up) to secret recipes. As the game moves into higher levels, players attempt to expand Bikini Bottom from a tiny town to one with a thriving population that is seen in the show.

Is it any good?

SPONGEBOB MOVES IN doesn't break any new ground as a city-building app, but overall gameplay is solid. Unfortunately, the game also is plagued with an in-app purchase model that borders on greedy, especially since players must pay $3.99 to download the app in the first place. Once you've sunk an hour or two into the game, the build times for anything of note become significant. That might be fine for players who only check in once or twice a day, but those players won't build a city anytime soon. To succeed otherwise, you'll almost have to spend money. 

SpongeBob fans may appreciate the animated shorts as well as the use of the show's voice actors -- but there are only a few small vocal phrases repeated again and again. There are plenty of free city-builder games that follow this same formula, so, unless you're a die-hard SpongeBob fan, you're better off with one of those. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and whether it's OK to use real money to buy things in this game.

  • Families also can talk about saving, budgeting, and spending, which kids get a taste of playing this game.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
  • Price: $3.99 (with in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Paid (In-app purchases range from $1 to $100.)
  • Release date: June 11, 2013
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Size: 333.00 MB
  • Publisher: Nickelodeon
  • Version: 2.00
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love simulation games and Nickelodeon

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