SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple controls limit tasks of kid-friendly cooking game.

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Positive Messages

To do a job right, you have to work hard, pay attention, and keep the customers happy, even if it means juggling multiple tasks at the same time.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hero has been given a big responsibility, and it's up to him to do the job right and quickly. He has to keep his customers happy, which, in turn, will keep his boss happy. That said, his customers are impatient, and get visibly angry when they have to wait, even though it's usually just a few seconds, and the place is busy with the breakfast rush.

Ease of Play

The game's controls are easy to learn, though the game can get rather frantic at times, and this would be better if you could use the Switch's touchscreen.

Violence & Scariness
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Consumerism

Inspired by a TV show that has also inspired some movies, other games, toys, beach towels, other fun stuff. It was previously a game on mobile and PCs, but this has exclusive content for Switch. Downloadable content (DLC) will be available for the game in the future.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition is an arcade cooking game for Switch. It's based on the popular TV show that has spawned a number of games, movies, toys, and more. Previously available on PC and mobile devices, this game has the popular sentient sponge making food for the hungry residents of Bikini Bottom. If he does a good job, SpongeBob not only earns the money he needs to keep going, but he can also earn some money to upgrade the grill or buy himself some snazzy sunglasses. Downloadable content (DLC) will be offered in the future, but there's no inappropriate content to be found in the game.

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Adult Written byTJohansson May 16, 2021

NO

This fame has WAY too much sex, drugs, violence and cussing. I bought this for my 6 year old son who is obsessed with SpongeBob, and I was totally crazed. I dow... Continue reading

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What's it about?

In SPONGEBOB: KRUSTY COOK-OFF: EXTRA-KRUSTY EDITION, Mr. Krabs has decided to open a pancake kiosk outside the Krusty Krab, and he's assigned SpongeBob to work it. So SpongeBob is not only responsible for cooking the pancakes and putting jelly on them when asked. He also has to serve the pancakes and the coffee, and collect the money (though he does seem to have someone busing the tables). In doing so, he not only makes Mr. Krabs happy (well, as happy as Mr. Krabs can be) -- which could get him moved up to making burgers and other foods -- but he also gets to interact with many of his fellow Bikini Bottom residents. Exclusive to the Switch version are four new power-ups to help SpongeBob get orders done faster, 400 levels to complete, new challenges, and plans for future downloadable content.

Is it any good?

It isn't the best version of this entertaining cooking game, but this arcade game is still a fun time with the friendly sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea. Previously available on PC and mobile devices, SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition has Mr. Krabs opening a pancake stand outside the Krusty Krab and assigning SpongeBob to man it. Er, sponge it. Using simple controls, you not only have to make pancakes -- pouring the batter, taking them off the grill, adding jelly when requested -- but also serve coffee. Performing these tasks means that he'll not only earn the money for some new sunglasses, but also move up to making burgers and other food. In other words, this is just like Cooking Mama with SpongeBob, with all the frantic foodie fun that implies.

The problem is that this version of the game doesn't work as well as either the mobile version or Cooking Mama. For starters, you use the buttons and thumbsticks of the Switch to do things as you move around the kitchen. This works fine, but not nearly as well as the far more intuitive touchscreen would for this kind of point-and-click game. Secondly, the challenge is lessened when hitting the "serve" button gives pancakes to whoever wants them, even if they're not first in line. If the first customer orders plain pancakes, and the second orders them with jelly, and you hit "serve" when there's only jelly pancakes waiting, customer #2 gets served while customer #1 has to wait. Which means you're less likely to mess up someone's order. While the mobile version may work better (and be free), SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition is still a tasty treat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. While SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition is clearly being made for fans, it also serves to promote the show. Did it make you want to watch a few episodes?

  • To do well in SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off: Extra-Krusty Edition, SpongeBob has to work fast but also get people's orders right. What does this game teach you about the value of hard work?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $29.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: iLLOGIKA
  • Release date: April 29, 2021
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: May 20, 2021

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