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Never mind that SpongeBob SquarePants is Employee of the Month for the 27th consecutive time, the honor is still cause to celebrate. In fact, he has won tickets to Neptune's Paradise, an underwater amusement park. The problem is getting there, and that sets up the goal of the game.

SpongeBob is unflappable in his optimism--and his naiveté! He is very much a "nerd", ŕ la Zerkel (remember that show?). This sponge protagonist works for a very greedy restaurant owner, Mr. Krab. This CD-ROM possesses the same kind of humor as the cartoon show--in fact, the box reads: E for Everyone with "Comic Mischief" noted. 

Kids lead Spongebob on his journey to Neptune's Paradise, and the game is broken up into chapters. In order to get to the amusement park, players have to collect items in their inventory and use them at appropriate times. For example, a customer at the Krusty Krab has a clue as to where Spongebob should go next, but he will only dish out his tip if Spongebob dishes him out a Krabby Patty. This involves collecting both the patty and a plate, and the latter item is in need of some cleaning. Likewise, getting one's hands on a pie is a bit of work--SpongeBob needs to clean Eugene's car in order to earn urchin chips for Granny.

There are subtitles for all of the speech, which is great for beginning readers. Pointing the cursor at different areas also pulls up some text, such as "open cabinet" and "look at barrels". We love this feature! Furthermore, kids actually get to choose some of the dialogue by clicking on one of a set of sentences as responses for SpongeBob. 

Some examples of the humor in the game: at Mussel Ranch, Larry (a muscled mussel) is on an eternal quest for more muscle mass; Mr. Krab gets himself into quite a pickle--he is so greedy, he sold his clothes at the bargain store, and some "strategically placed" cans block his private parts; and SpongeBob interacts with a paranoid character on the beach.

The game is not easy-easy or hard-hard. It's just right in terms of challenge for kids ages 5-8. We had a blast with this game.

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UPDATE 2005 - Best Value: This CD-ROM is now bundled along with another SpongeBob game in SpongeBob SquarePants: Krusty Kollection. This bundle includes Spongebob Squarepants: Employee of the Month and Operation Krabby Patty — two full CD-ROMs.

 

 

 

Pros:
  • Fun graphics and hilarious content ("comic mischief") that parents can appreciate too.
  • Very appealing, fun.
  • Some problem-solving skills required.

 

Cons:
  • We wish there were randomized objects so that the next time through the game would be more interesting and dynamic.

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Published: 2002 By: THQ Ages 5-8 Win
 

 

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Our Review: SpongeBob Squarepants Movie and Games

 

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Our Rating:

A-

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UPDATE 2005 - Best Value: This CD-ROM is now bundled along with another Spongebob game in SpongeBob SquarePants: Krusty Kollection

Reviewed December 2002   Comments? Email us.

 

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