SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom

 
Benign game misses target audience.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Spongebob gets along with all kinds of creatures, though Squidward looks a bit like a Jewish stereotype. SpongeBob lives in Bikini Bottom, players must collect his underwear, and there are random trees strewn with toilet paper, but that's as racy as it g

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No product placement (except for stuff like fictional Clamsicles), but the game provides a promotion for the television show.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is cute and benign, as the show's fans would expect. But it has too much going on to keep younger players focused, and is too tedious for older ones.

What's it about?

Evil Plankton has unleashed a mass of malicious robots on Bikini Bottom (though SpongeBob thinks he inadvertently invited this disaster) in SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS: THE BATTLE FOR BIKINI BOTTOM. Now they're wreaking havoc from Goo Lagoon to Jellyfish Fields, and SpongeBob and friends are on a quest to stop them and save the denizens of their underwater home.

Along the way, players collect precious golden spatulas and Patrick's dirty socks, and complete other side missions. Changing among the popular show's three main characters, players swing above the city on Sandy's lasso, use Patrick to toss around a variety of \"throw fruit,\" or turn into SpongeBall to bowl over enemies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Creative stuff, but the anticipated audience here is unclear. The missions are difficult to complete and simultaneous, and younger players may lose track of what they're trying to accomplish, never mind actually finishing a level. Conversely, more experienced players may tire of the repetitive moves required to complete the almost 100 tasks.

If you just want to see SpongeBob and his friends frolic around Bikini Bottom, there's plenty to soak up. But accomplishing missions requires a level of expertise that may outpace the skills of the show's young fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about marketing tie-ins and how this game promotes the SpongeBob SquarePants empire.

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:November 25, 2003
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for (PlayStation 2)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMarioSonicStarFox August 1, 2011
age 6+
 

Very enjoyable Spongebob videogame

Spongebob: Battle For Bikini Bottom is a fun, easy game that you can just pick up and play when you're in the mood for some silliness. Spongebob and his pals engage in some fights with robots and occasionally other things like jellyfish, but it's just over the top and not graphic in the least. Spread throughout the game are puzzles and minigames, which probably won't challenge older kids or adults, but might be a little challenging for younger kids. Also of note is the game's open ended design, you can unlock several levels and complete them in whatever order you like, and you can even explore the main hub, which has many secrets and surprises. The graphics faithfully capture the look of the show, though some of the characters look sort of ugly to be blunt. The music in the game is nothing special at all, but it won't grate on your nerves or anything. Some of it is even somewhat pleasant. Most of the voice actors from the show are here, and they do an amazing job. Usually in these video games based off of cartoons the characters are either voice by mediocre replacements or the actors sound dull, as if they're being forced to do this job. But that's not what's going on here, they sound happy and excited, just like in the cartoon. Mr.Krabs and Mermaid Man are voiced by different people, although the people doing their voices are OK. Overall, this is a great game for kids and even older kids will probably have a good time playing it like I did. For those of you who are weary of these videogame adaptions of cartoons, which usually aren't very good, I can assure you this is definitely one of the best ones out there. There isn't anything offensive in this game, except for some mild cartoon violence as mentioned above. With that said, there's nothing particularly educational going on here, either. The best messages you could take of this game are the usuals: good always beats evil, always do your best to fix your mistakes, etc. But overall, this is a very enjoyable videogame.
Kid, 12 years old January 9, 2010
age 7+
 

Wait.. Currency is a problem?

I honestly played for a lot of times , there is a bit of violence when fighting and stuff , but it isnt so bad , i mean , the Sims 2 , heck , that stuff is just ... M.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2014
age 9+
 

Good game

i think it's weird how Common sense media forgot to put that the game is also for xbox ( Not the xbox 360 or Xbox one ) Also this game has Cartoon violent and i recommended this game for people 9 and up. I do like it how it's a LONG game and all of that. I still play it :)
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence

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