When you are living in a pineapple under the sea you would think that not much trouble would come your way, especially if you’re a sponge with square pants. But alas the beloved SpongeBob has found himself in serious trouble when Globs of Doom rain down on his world. Our hero is faced with the daunting task of saving the world but he is not alone on this quest. Throughout the game he will employ the help of friends and former foes to defeat the Globs of Doom and save all of mankind.
Globs of Doom is centered around an orange goo that is taking control over people and causing them to become evil. The Globs have taken over all the Nicktoons worlds. So it is up to SpongeBob and nine other Nicktoons (Plankton, Zim, Dib, Danny, Technus, Jimmy, Beautiful, Tak and Traloc) to rid the world of the Globs of Doom. Each Nicktoon world is represented by one hero and one villain who are joining forces to defeat the globs.
Each time out you will play as a 2 toon team. In single player mode you can switch between the characters using the (-) button. Special attacks and combo attacks are available and the game makes it easy to execute them with on screen cues for when to use them. Overall controlling the game is very simple. If you pretty much just hammer the buttons you’ll make it through just fine. This does not take away from the fun though and the characters will make often witty comments during battle that will get an occasional chuckle.
The graphics in this game are great, and the animations during play are done well. Each character has special little quirks that fit their personality while playing. These little funny animations add to the game’s fun factor. There is plenty of comedy here to keep people giggling. The cut scenes are really well done as well. In fact this may be one of the main strengths. Fans of the Nicktoons will not be disappointed by the looks of this game.
The sound in SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom is really good too. Voice actors from the cartoons do the voice over work and it sounds perfect. The music is decent and fits the game play well. Plus the battle sounds are fun and spot on with what I imagine a Nicktoon battle would sound like.
The worlds of the game are built in a way that guides you easily along the intended path yet still feel expansive and big. You’ll find occasional hidden treasures throughout each level including hidden rooms which add to the big feel of the levels. Each world is modeled well after its cartoon with tons of orange goo oozing all over.
Playing the game will get repetitive. The game is pretty much a repeat of the same steps. Mash the buttons until the end of the level. Collect all the coins you can and return to base to upgrade weapons and change characters. The formula is simple and works but there is not a lot of challenge in the game. No real puzzles to solve and really no secret strategy to defeat certain enemies. This makes the game very accessible to a wide variety of players but also causes it to get repetitive.
One of the most annoying parts of this game is controlling the characters on the screen. Too often your partner gets stuck back and you end up just off screen. The problem worsens when playing in 2-player mode. Then you have to keep yelling at each other to maintain a good visual. You end up feeling like you have to drag your partner from screen to screen. It would have made it easier if the levels were designed to naturally scroll rather than jump from section to section. This gets real frustrating when fighting a lot of enemies and all of the sudden you can’t get to them because they are just off screen.
SpongeBob and his Nicktoon buddies have done okay with this title. The fun is in the characters and the game play is simple enough for everyone. However the repetitiveness and some of the control annoyances cause the game to lose points.
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