‘SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake’ recreation evaluation

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

I’ve hardly ever watched Spongebob, the most well liked cartoon of my childhood. So, for this evaluation, I’ve enlisted the assistance of my daughter, an skilled within the politics of Bikini Backside, the setting of the SpongeBob SquarePants collection. Although I performed a bit, I largely regarded over her shoulder as she defined all of the characters to me in nice element.

Sizzling on the heels of the re-release of the legendary  SpongeBob Squarepants: The Battle for Bikini Backside, comes a brand new launch,  SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake, bringing the timeless cartoon character and his cohort of underwater buddies again collectively for one more journey. Although it falls wanting its predecessor, it compiles a few of the finest episodes in a playable type. In my daughter’s phrases, “The game is about SpongeBob accidentally getting a magical cosmic bubble soap, and in true SpongeBob style, it has cracked the universe, and now he has to go into different portals to save his friends and Bikini Bottom”. 

A go to to a mermaid fortune teller has put the complete world in peril as SpongeBob and Patrick, who has become a balloon, should reverse the impact of no matter is in that bottle of bubbles that has coated Bikini Backside in cosmic jelly. 

The opening of every of those “wish worlds” that SpongeBob has to leap into to avoid wasting his buddies are revisitation of a number of memorable episodes of the cartoon. Based on my daughter, “Each friend has an opposite version of themselves, making each portal different from what you expect. For example, for the Flying Dutchman, SpongeBob had to wear a pirate costume in a pirate-themed world.” Every of those worlds options quite a lot of memorabilia from the present, making these “what if” eventualities fairly intriguing.

The Cosmic Shake, just like  Tremendous Mario Odyssey, is full of pleasant parts, remodeling the old-school cartoon into a vibrant world. All the Want Worlds are well-designed. As a gaming veteran, one might level fingers on the environments which might be a tad too massive and objects that really feel too spaced out. To my daughter, nonetheless, all of them felt tremendous. Simply the act of operating round Bikini Backside obtained her excited. 

The sport might have been a bit extra fluid. Usually, my daughter struggled with the stiff controls. Nearly the entire segments require double bounce and glide however the digital camera’s placement and the best way the environments throw off the depth are irritating. Furthermore, many double bounce glides require precision. It was a bit troublesome for us, seasoned Odyssey gamers. A decreased issue degree would have allowed us to focus extra on the story and the world.

As a substitute of choosing cel-shading, which most cartoon video games go for,  The Cosmic Shake makes use of easy shaded solids with gentle textures and pure lighting, which works nicely with swimming pools of water. The visuals will not be groundbreaking, but it surely does the job whereas holding the efficiency buttery easy on the Nintendo Swap. The audio is superb, and it’s nice to see Hindi as a language. This regional language possibility is one thing all video games might have.

For younger followers of SpongeBob, the sport is excellent with a lot of hidden gems and a singular tackle the present’s characters.

(The evaluation was co-written by the author’s daughter, Akira.)

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