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SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge

Overly simplistic, tedious tie-in to the cartoon.

What parents need to know

Educational value

SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive messages

SpongeBob and company try to help their friend after his carefully guarded Krabby Patty recipe is stolen. 

Positive role models

Plankton is not a sea creature to be negotiated with, so SpongeBob and friends must destroy his robot minions -- usually by blasting them with guns. 

Ease of play

The game is incredibly easy to play and does not have difficulty settings. It's designed so anyone can defeat it -- and do so with fairly little trouble. 

Violence

Players use punches, spin/swat attacks, and projectile weapons such as pickle blasters, condiment shooters, and pie cannons (which mimic the more realistic weapons in other action games) to destroy robotic enemies and turrets. The somewhat frenetic combat is accompanied by frequent explosions and comical yelps. Enemies disappear amid colorful bursts of light and collectible sprockets when defeated.

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Language
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Consumerism

The game is based on the popular children's cartoon, which has many marketing tie-ins. Kids who want this game are likely to ask to watch the show or buy other products that feature the characters. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge is an action/adventure game that features plentiful cartoon violence. Players shoot and slap enemy robots as they attempt to recover a stolen recipe. The game is the latest marketing arm of the SpongeBob franchise, and kids who play it may ask for more toys or to watch the television show. 

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What's it about?

In SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: PLANKTON'S ROBOTIC REVENGE, the greedy Plankton once again tries to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula, this time with an army of robots aiding him. As SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, or Mr. Krabs, players explore the campaign's three levels, attacking robots with a melee or a cleverly named weapon (all of which are basically cartoony versions of the weapons you'll find in any action game: an assault rifle, a shotgun, and so forth). Destroying enemies (or barrels) unlocks gizmos, which can be used to upgrade the weapons. Each level ends with a boss fight.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Although expectations are generally fairly low for a SpongeBob game, SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge still fails to live up to them. It offers cooperative play (allowing siblings and friends to play together in the same room), but the gameplay is incredibly repetitive -- and the level design feels like an afterthought. Even the boss battles are similar. 

To win, all you have to do is run around holding the "attack" button and dodging slow enemy fire. Should you move too slowly and fall in the field, friends can come stand near you and revive you. The game is short, uninspired, and graphically lacking -- with the exception of the introductory and cut scenes, which are much more polished. 

Worst of all, though, the game's not funny, despite the presence of the show's vocal cast. Were it not for the constant shooting, this might be a good game for a 5- or 6-year-old, but, as it stands, it's not a good choice for anyone. 

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:October 22, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence

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Kid, 12 years old January 16, 2017

Underated as Heck

I love this game. I will say it is not the best SpongeBob game, and has it's flaws here and there, but stands out ultimately enjoyable. The plot is simple, but every SpongeBob game has simple plots: Plankton steals the Patty Formula, you got to stop him. At the end, it turns out the formula was in Mister Krabs' pocket. Yeah, that kind of renders the whole game pointless (which is worded perfectly by Squidward), but they did the same thing with Truth or Square, and nobody complained when they did it in that. By the way, this is not a spoiler because I beat this game in two days. Gameplay is where this game shines brightest. I do not even know how to describe it, but it is fun as heck. You go through three worlds; Dutchman's Triangle, which is basically the SpongeBob version of Hell (it was in SpongeBob Vs. The Big One, but is different in this; no blood), Rock Bottom, which was only in one episode but is really memorable and shows up in every SpongeBob game, and Bikini Bottom, which is the benthic city our characters live in. You hop around these titanic square gobstoppers (yeah, that was the last thing I was expecting to say today, too) while shooting AIs until they explode. There are seven guns, each of which are exactly what they say on the tin: Pickle Blaster, Condiment Cannon, Reef Blower, Neptune Fork, Bubblegum Blaster, Tartar Sauce Travel Pack, and my personal favorite, Explosive Pie Launcher. There are five characters, who we all know and love: SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and my personal favorite, Squidward. There are only a few enemy types, which I like because then you are not surprised by some new one popping up every second. I do not normally think of sea creatures blasting crap until it blows up when I think of SpongeBob, but I LOVE IT nonetheless. The boss battles pit you against giant iron Planktons, and there is a new tactic they use in each one. It is easy to use, but requires a ton of looking up online to know stuff like how to change guns, and HOW TO MOVE!!!! The graphics look just fine on the Wii. I heard they look the same on all platforms (besides DS and 3DS, which do not look as good), so that definitely is a letdown for people on any other platform. The music is also okay, love the ones from the show, the new tracks are not bad either, they kind of just variously start after one another, but it is consistent enough. The most unfitting track is the weapon selection one, because you are about to do some bad**s shooting, right? Hawaii music! Just, what? The voice acting is the weakest point. I love that this is the only SpongeBob game to have ALL of the voice actors reprise their role instead of some varying guy (cough Battle for Bikini Bottom, but that is otherwise a better game). Plankton's cousins are by some new guys (or the ones from the actual episode are doin as poor as they can), but they were only in one really old episode I barely remember. The main problem about the voice acting is it is SO repetitive. Every two seconds Squidward says "Take that, Robot Loser!". The cut scenes before boss battles you cannot skip are worse, because you die a lot in those. Now, onto content! Violence: All really cartoon, but more than any other SpongeBob game. In this actionadventure game, based on the SpongeBob SquarePants franchise, in which you stop Plankton from stealing a secret recipe, you traverse underwater environments, use punches, spin/swat attacks, and cartoon projectiles (pickle phasers, condiment snipers, pie cannons) to kill robot hostiles and bartizans. The a little frenetic combat is accompanied by frequent explosions and comical yelps. Hostiles vanish amid colored bursts of light and collectible sprockets when killed.
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