A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
There's a heightened focus on being loyal to your friends.
Positive Role Models
Sponge Bob earnestly tries to help save his friends. Even Patrick, who's more focused on another meal, agrees to help.
Ease of Play
The core game mechanics are easy to grasp, though the controls are not pitch perfect.
Violence & Scariness
Mild cartoon violence, but nothing worse than the show.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the popular TV show, which has expanded to merchandise, movies, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit is an arcade-style game based on the popular Nickelodeon program for Apple Arcade. The game is geared toward children and features rather basic controls, but is challenging enough that older kids are able to enjoy it as well. All of the show's major characters appear, and the game, like the show, sends a positive message buried in the slapstick comedy -- in this case, the value of loyalty to one's friends. There's cartoon violence, but nothing that will worry parents. And there's no other content that is objectionable.
Is It Any Good?
The most important thing about a game from this franchise isn't the gameplay, it's the characters. And on that front, SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit hits the target. Utilizing the show's voice cast and some clever writing makes the game a goofy, fun diversion that will have you smiling as you progress. As a game, though, it's a little less on the mark. The arcade aspects are fun but can be repetitive. And the controls are often imprecise, so timing a jump to avoid death is more challenging than it should be. That gets frustrating fast.
If you can get past that, though, the levels do have plenty of hidden areas to explore. And the shape-shifting machines, which turn SpongeBob into different shapes (such as an accordion) do create some nice diversity the first few times you encounter them. It's a game that's made for a younger audience, who will laugh at the jokes and won't notice the repetition. But older players might find it a bit lacking.
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