SpongeBob's Boating Bash

Common Sense Media says

Racer with cartoon violence that is egged on and encouraged.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wanton destruction is not just part of the game -- it's the object of the game. Crashing and breaking other people's vehicles is encouraged and made into a fun pastime.

Positive role models

In the story, SpongeBob and all his friends are being duped into the demolition derby circuit, thinking it's a legitimate driving school. But ignorance does not a good role model make. Besides, these characters take mucho pleasure in the violence and destruction.

Ease of play

Steering is not as easy as it should be, especially steering backwards (which is necessary at points in the game).

Violence & scariness

This is a demolition derby game, in which the main goal involves smashing into your opponents cars to disable the vehicles. Vehicles break into pieces that litter the tracks and characters often yell to indicate (in a cartoonish way) that they've been hit.

Language

There is occasionally some very mild trash-talking among competitors. And, as this is SpongeBob SquarePants we're talking about, you can also expect jokes about flatulence and underwear.

Consumerism

The game is, of course, connected to the myriad other SpongeBob products on the market, but there's no hard sell here.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99–$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:March 2, 2010
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii)

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Adult Written byJinny Gudmundsen March 3, 2010
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Too much violence
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It Is A Very Good Game For Ages 7+

I Think This Is A Very Good Game For Ages 7+ It IS Fun For Children To Play When There Bored Or On There Own Sometimes Not Evan That :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 7 years old March 11, 2010
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models

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