Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition

Game review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition Game Poster Image
Draw your own adventure, SpongeBob style.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 6 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

You help free kidnapped citizens, clean up graffiti, and rebuild Bikini Bottom.

Violence & Scariness

You can karate punch or stomp on baddies, and draw your own weapons to use like a giant boxing glove. Defeated enemies disappear and drop coins.


The game takes the Drawn to Life concept and rebrands it with SpongeBob SquarePants characters.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a basic platform game with mild cartoon violence including karate chopping baddies and stomping on their heads. It's a spin-off of the original video game Drawn to Life with a new SpongeBob SquarePants theme. Players get to draw their own hero, along with vehicles, buildings, furniture, and many other things using an MS Paint-style program and color palette. The game provides templates for players who can't draw as well.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy October 19, 2012

Just as good the the episode!

I love the SpongeBob episode Frankendoodle.It is one of my favorite episodes.I've played this game once and i'm glad I played it! Great levels!
Adult Written byT J September 25, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written byChowTheGremlin December 8, 2020

I love this game

Its an amazing game, sure it has some set backs but other than that its amazing. I love how you can draw your own character and draw the world around you, and i... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMusiclovergig June 24, 2020


Ok game for DS, sometimes hard and frustrating.

What's it about?

The unique draw-your-own-adventure concept of Drawn to Life was heralded as one of the most creative and ingenious Nintendo DS games to date, and thankfully DRAWN TO LIFE: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS EDITION retains much of the original's charm while grafting a SpongeBob SquarePants theme over top.

The story begins when a DoodleBob sketch that Patrick has made comes to life and starts wreaking havoc in Bikini Bottom by kidnapping people, creating an army of bad guys, and covering the land in ugly graffiti. Equipped with a pencil of your own, it's your job to clean up Bikini Bottom (by using the stylus to rub out all graffiti you see), stop DoodleBob and his army, and rescue the citizens that have been kidnapped.

Is it any good?

Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition features action-oriented gameplay that involves punching or stomping on bad guys and leaping across platforms to make it to the end of each level. The gameplay itself is basic at best, but, like the original Drawn to Life, where this game really shines is in the way it lets players draw dozens of different objects that become part of the environment. You draw the actual character you get to control complete with animations, as well as furniture, buildings, platforms, vehicles, save points, and extra lives.

It's a shame that the gameplay itself couldn't have been more exciting, but Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition still scores points for sticking true to the original game's spirit –- that of encouraging unbridled creativity and giving players a taste of what it's like to actually design their own video game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the creative objects they were able to draw. Did you stick to what the game asked you to do (i.e. draw a car) or create something whacky and different instead (like a banana with lime-wedge wheels for your hero to ride)? Are you tempted to replay this game and draw all new stuff?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $29.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: September 15, 2008
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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