A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Friendship, working with others to help save the world from evil.
Positive Role Models
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.
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Products & Purchases
Closely tied to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.
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.
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.
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