Thanks to its qualities, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated gained a decent circle of fans, so the creation of a full-fledged title focused on the cult animated series was only a matter of time. As a result, we got SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, which I did not rush into alone, but took my six-year-old daughter with me, who already had experience with the previous part. Our review will tell you how much she liked this novelty.
- Platform: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Switch (verified version)
- Publication date: 31.1. 2023
- Producer: purple lamp
- Genre: adventure game
- Czech localization: Not
- Multiplayer: Not
- Data to download: 10 GB
- Game time: 10-15 hours (at a slower pace)
- Price: 955 CZK (couples)
A familiar sponge is in trouble again in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
SpongeBob is a character who constantly faces all sorts of problems in his animated series. This time, the famous hero managed to provoke another disaster for Still Life Bikini and all its inhabitants. Even his best friend Patrick caught it. Now he embarks on an adventure to reverse the effects of an earthquake that has destroyed the very foundations of the universe.
The Sponge Quest runs through seven maps. They are clearly thematically different, so you don’t have to worry about heading to the same destination more than once. Mushroom and her friends have the opportunity to travel to the Wild West, a film studio, a castle from knightly legends, a prehistoric version of Bikini Still Life and several other places. Each version transforms both the protagonist and the rest of the employees of this underwater kingdom into forms that correspond to this place. In a film studio, for example, Cuttlefish becomes a director, and Sandy the squirrel turns into a tough martial artist who is not to be trifled with.
While for the most part it’s a corridor with a more or less well-defined path, at times SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake feels like an adventure game with more open locations. For more experienced players, these rallies no longer have much effect, because it is clear to him that he needs to constantly watch his nose and not deviate significantly from the path. However, the little girl sometimes succumbed to the fascination of the visually interesting levels, and sometimes allowed herself to be carried away by them all the way to the very beginning. Well, at least at first, once she got more into the game, the goal marked with a yellow flower always interested her so much that she followed it almost everywhere without any problems.
She never had much difficulty with the classic parts of the map. The problem rather arose with episodic sections, to which I would include, for example, an excerpt at the film studio. Its main drawback was that one deviation from the route was enough, and the trip was over. For myself, I handled this part relatively easily. However, the situation with the daughter was slightly worse because the camera did not always move at a smooth pace. There were random accelerations that resulted in death and subsequent restarts, so I eventually got through this part, where the little one was practically alone, and she was cursed from time to time.
This sponge absorbs information
As part of the design itself, the creators of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake followed in the footsteps of many modern adventure games, so that in addition to places that can be reached almost from the very beginning, there are also destinations that need the ability to use a massive slingshot to open, in other cases the ability to grappling with a hook or the ability to properly hit oneself on the ground. As a result, traffic-related obstacles are not a problem for any age group.
You can find some more difficult passages, but sooner or later you will pass them either by gritting your teeth and simply learning the procedure, or by betting on luck and accidentally skipping a place. I would call one place in the prehistoric world such a part. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake at this stage required the character to climb onto a giant stone ball with a strange rope, which took me and my little one several minutes to complete.
As is often the case in action platformers, in addition to overcoming static obstacles, there are also situations when the player has to reach for the bubble gun and drag someone with it properly. The range of strikes here does not consist only of this simple lunge, but is much more diverse. As with mechanics that open up new locations for you, abilities are learned over time. In SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, I didn’t really like any of them myself, but my daughter liked the karate kick the most, because in it she was able to destroy an entire squad of enemies without touching the ground.
The variety of enemies in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is relatively small. All over it is mostly baffled fish that sometimes need a little more skill than just pressing a button that has an attack on it. There are also bosses from among SpongeBob’s friends, who were greatly impressed by the transformation of the universe. You have to face a giant version of Harry the snail, Sandy the squirrel or Pearl the whale. Each of the “cons” requires slightly different tactics, but it must be said that death from them does not hurt younger players so much, because there are enough capture positions during battles.
Younger viewers will love SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is a fun children’s game that can entertain even an adult audience. Of course, no miracles can be expected from her. However, the story is based on relatively entertaining foundations. The levels are more than decent. Their range is quite varied, and humor is certainly not something this piece lacks. Exactly the opposite. There is so much of it that an older player sometimes absorbs it more than a target group of schoolchildren of different age groups.
Despite this small flaw, I really enjoyed playing. In fact, the only thing I would criticize in this part is the way the camera is handled, and above all the optimization on the Nintendo Switch. Like many other side projects that aren’t completely independent, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake suffers from being a port intended for most other devices. During the game, I sometimes noticed really significant frame drops, and even gaps, which I was not very happy about. However, I must say that my little tester did not experience this trouble as much as I did, which is probably due to my professional deformation. However, I could imagine that this piece could pedal a little better.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Space Shake
- Beautifully designed levels
- Humorously written story and characters
- Addictive and easy gameplay
it worries us
- Worse optimization on Nintendo
- Some passages are not fully accessible
Source :Indian TV