SpongeBob's Game Frenzy

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Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Silly, frantic fun from familiar TV friends.

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Ease of Play

Gameplay is easy to understand; the app functions without technical hiccups; and the overall goal and specific mini-games are easy to understand and master.

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In-app purchases can be disabled using your device settings; advertisements behind parental gate. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob's Game Frenzy is compilation of simple but fast-paced mini-games based on the TV show. Between games kids get to watch a short clip from the show. Once a round is completed, kids also earn a card featuring a SpongeBob SquarePants character and can unlock up to 50 additional games. Additional game packs also can be purchased for real money.

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What's it about?

In SPONGEBOB'S GAME FRENZY, SpongeBob's sidekick, Mr. Krabs, finds an old-fashioned penny arcade-type fortune-telling machine called the Great Wumbozi. When the pair succumb to temptation and speak to the fortune-teller, they are set on a quest composed of very easy mini-games intended to be played as quickly as possible. Using swipes, tilts, and taps, kids unlock additional games and cartoon clips straight from Bikini Bottom. As they progress, new games enter the mix and the pace quickens. Successful completion of a round earns a collectable fortune card with a bit of trivia about the TV show. The ultimate goal is to collect all the cards and unlock all the games.

Is it any good?

This game is fast, fun, and sure to win over fans of the show. The mini-games, while easy, require kids to react quickly. Because the graphics are as good as the animation on the TV show, the dialogue is funny, and the challenges keep coming, the game could have a significant shelf life. From a technical standpoint, the game works well with responsive controls, clear objectives, and lots of rewards for success. The collectable cards appeal to kids in the target age range and give the game direction. Though the additional game packs available as in-app purchases are fun and add replay value, they're not necessary; however, it's sometimes tricky for parents when the initial download costs money and kids want to make purchases on top of it. Also, it's possible that the fast pace of the games will be frustrating to young SpongeBob fans, so decide whether your kid is ready for this type of challenge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cast of characters from the show and their antics, since the show isn't fully reflected through the games.

  • Talk about in-app purchases, and set your expectations and limits before downloading.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: $2.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid (The basic app costs $2.99 and there are in-app purchases that parents can disable that unlock additional mini game modes - each $.99 pack comes with five additional game modes.)
  • Release date: May 14, 2015
  • Category: Kids' Games
  • Topics: Ocean Creatures
  • Size: 274.00 MB
  • Publisher: Nickelodeon
  • Version: 1.2 iOS 1.1.0 Android
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0+ Android 2.3.3 +

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