I’ve hardly ever watched Spongebob, the most popular cartoon of my childhood. So, for this assessment, I’ve enlisted the assistance of my daughter, an knowledgeable within the politics of Bikini Bottom, the setting of the SpongeBob SquarePants sequence. Though I performed a bit, I largely appeared over her shoulder as she defined all of the characters to me in nice element.
Hot on the heels of the re-release of the legendary SpongeBob Squarepants: The Battle for Bikini Bottom, comes a brand new launch, SpongeBob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake, bringing the timeless cartoon character and his cohort of underwater buddies again collectively for an additional journey. Though it falls in need of its predecessor, it compiles a number of the greatest 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 changed into a balloon, should reverse the impact of no matter is in that bottle of bubbles that has coated Bikini Bottom in cosmic jelly.
The opening of every of those “wish worlds” that SpongeBob has to leap into to save lots of his mates are revisitation of a number of memorable episodes of the cartoon. According to 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.” Each of those worlds options a variety of memorabilia from the present, making these “what if” situations fairly intriguing.
The Cosmic Shake, just like Super Mario Odyssey, is filled with pleasant parts, remodeling the old-school cartoon into a vibrant world. All of the Wish Worlds are well-designed. As a gaming veteran, one might level fingers on the environments which can be a tad too massive and objects that really feel too spaced out. To my daughter, nonetheless, all of them felt fantastic. Just the act of working round Bikini Bottom acquired her excited.
The recreation might have been a bit extra fluid. Often, my daughter struggled with the stiff controls. Almost the entire segments require double bounce and glide however the digicam’s placement and the way in which the environments throw off the depth are irritating. Moreover, many double bounce glides require precision. It was a bit troublesome for us, seasoned Odyssey gamers. A diminished problem degree would have allowed us to focus extra on the story and the world.
Instead of choosing cel-shading, which most cartoon video games go for, The Cosmic Shake makes use of easy shaded solids with delicate textures and pure lighting, which works properly with swimming pools of water. The visuals usually are not groundbreaking, nevertheless it does the job whereas conserving the efficiency buttery clean on the Nintendo Switch. 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 great with a number of hidden gems and a novel tackle the present’s characters.
(The assessment was co-written by the author’s daughter, Akira.)