SpongeBob HeroPants

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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This pineapple-under-the-sea adventure's a bit stale.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Friendship, working with others to help save the world from evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Gamers play SpongeBob SquarePants and five of his friends: Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton. Plankton is usually the "bad guy" from the popular TV show, but all team up to fight greater evil.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to control.

Violence & Scariness

Mild animated violence. Characters fight against enemies, hitting them with an object (such as a spatula) or punching them.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob HeroPants is an action game based on Nickelodeon's iconic TV series and movies. This game is closely tied to the release of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. It has some mild cartoon violence, such as characters punching and slapping enemies with an oven mitt or throwing burgers. The enemies are fantastic in nature, such as walking spatulas and robots.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byowlaboard January 16, 2016

Good introduction to the genre.

My kids hadn't played action/adventure video games until I bought them "SpongeBob HeroPants." While it's not the most difficult game, it... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byVioletRaven975 February 22, 2015

SpongeBob HeroPants: Shovelware to the Max

For those not in the know, "shovelware" is a term used for games that serve no other purpose other than to make an extra buck. This game is not worth... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBackflip1000 September 10, 2016

Worst sponge bob game et

If u have kids who just getting used to video games or getting started than it be a great game to get but other wise don't buy it

What's it about?

Loosely based on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, SPONGEBOB HEROPANTS follows everyone's favorite underwater hero (sorry, Aquaman), who must save Bikini Bottom -- and the entire world -- from a mysterious menace bent on mass destruction. The simple yet lovable fry cook must team up with his buddies (and even nemeses) -- Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs and Plankton -- to find lost pages of a magical book so they can turn the tables and save the day. Players will navigate various levels, jump on platforms, unlock superpowers, fight enemies, and solve some puzzles. Xbox 360 players can take advantage of four-player drop-in/out cooperative ("co-op") multiplayer on the same TV.

Is it any good?

Unless you're a huge SpongeBob SquarePants fan who can't wait for this game to appear in the bargain bin of your favorite game store, there isn't anything too exciting here. It's fun to change among characters and unleash each one's superhero transformation, but this action-adventure hybrid doesn't offer anything new to the genre. In fact, even the familiar game mechanics -- such as collecting items (coins/keys/pages/lightning bolts and so on), platform jumping, and combat -- are boring. Some levels are too short and repetitive, and for some reason you can't jump and attack at the same. Plus, there are some graphical issues, such as characters who lose half their bodies inside an object, and character comments grow tiring quickly.

The game isn't a complete fail. It's hard not to fall for SpongeBob's infectious charm, and there's some variety in levels and characters, but overall this game feels more like a plug for the movie it's tied to than a competent standalone game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the consumerism of SpongeBob HeroPants. Is the well-timed release of this game (with the new SpongeBob movie in theaters) a move to capitalize on the brand? Or is it smart business?

  • Talk about what makes SpongeBob so engaging for kids. Is it his optimistic outlook on life? His willingness to help out his friends? What's appealing about him?

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