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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Goofy, clever, and fun game for fans of the cartoon.

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In his never-ending quest to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula, Plankton has unleashed an army of robots, and it's up to SpongeBob and his friends to save the town and the secret recipe. In SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated -- a remake of the 2003 game of the same name -- players get to be the titular sea creature and long-time Krabby Patty employee as he battles these enemy robots. Spongebob will also solve puzzles, and make his way to the next robot fight or puzzle by running and jumping through some crazy obstacle course-like levels. There's even times when you can opt to change characters, like when you need to be Patrick so he can toss a watermelon and hit a gate-opening switch.

As for this Rehydrated remake, not only does it dramatically upgrade the game's two-generation old visuals and musical score, it also adds a new two-player co-op multiplayer mode that's fun if you work together. It even restores some small bits that were cut from the original. But as fun as this remake may be, especially if you enjoyed these kinds of games seventeen years ago, it does crib hard from games of the platforming genre (SpongeBob Bandicoot anyone?), and feels less evolved than more recent games of this type. But if you can accept SpongeBob for who he is, or what this game is, you'll find that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated is as clever, goofy, and ultimately as much fun as the cartoon that inspired it.

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