A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SpongeBob's Boating Bash is no ordinary racing game. While some of the events involve crossing a finish line, the vast majority involve crashing your vehicle into those of your opponents. As it is a SpongeBob game, the action is all very cartoony and unrealistic, but loud crashing sounds and flying pieces of debris are present throughout.
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What's it about?
SPONGEBOB'S BOATING BASH picks up after SpongeBob SquarePants's 72nd failed driver's ed exam. He meets a stranger who cons him into joining a new, special kind of driving school -- which turns out to actually be a demolition derby circuit. SpongeBob not only stays in the dark about this, but manages to recruit all of his friends for the destruction as well. In the games, drivers smash their \"boatmobiles\" into one another, getting points for the vehicles they disable or the shattered boat parts they pick up.
Is it any good?
SPONGEBOB'S BOATING BASH can be hectic, chaotic fun for four players. Older kids who can take all the destruction in the tongue-in-cheek way it is intended can certainly have a good time with the multiplayer modes. Difficulties with the steering and overly capable AI make certain levels of the solo story mode very challenging to complete, though. And as with many games of this type, someone needs to win their way through the solo mode in order to unlock all the parts of the multiplayer section. Boating Bash is definitely a different type of racing game, which is good in certain ways -- but with its nonstop meyhem, it is not so good in other ways. It is best played by kids old enough to appreciate its humor.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the difference between real-life violence and that which children see on screen. Parents should discuss with their children how serious and dangerous an actual car crash can be. Remind children to always wear seat belts in real life and talk about other safety and traffic laws.
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