I’m really pleased today to be reviewing another great game for my favourite game console peripheral for kids – the uDraw – this time around, Spongebob Squigglepants!
Obviously featuring Spongebob Squarepants and his friends Patrick, Sandy, Squidward and Mr Krabs amongst others, Spongebob Squigglepants is best described as a younger version of Warioware. It’s a series of really fun minigames all based around the mad world of Spongebob and his Bikini Bottom friends.
Using the uDraw tablet you draw, tilt, flick, drag, and tap your way through over 100 nanogames. There is a loose storyline revolving around Patchy the Pirate offering you the opportunity to join the SpongeBob SquarePants fan club, but only once you’ve proved your worth and filled his art gallery with SpongeBob pictures.
The way you fill the art gallery is by completing a series of Nanogame Challenges, if you complete the challenge of getting through 20 Nanogames before your success meter runs dry you add a picture to the gallery and can progress to the next level.
The games are really a lot of fun, and helpfully just before each of the nanogames you get a hint in the top corner showing you which control method will be used for the upcoming game eg..flick, tap ect. The games are only a few seconds long so you need to take notice of the control hint, as you need to be ready to act as soon as the game appears onscreen.
The controls are easy to get to grips with and every level has a different set of themed nanogames, my favourite being Punk, but Thomas went mad for the Comic book hero ones. Even though there is really only the 5 different movements to control all the games, they are all themed so wonderfully and different that there’s plenty of variety to keep the whole family happy.
The only drawback I have found is that the game is quite hard, and that’s not just because my sons are only 5 1/2 and 3 1/2, even I can’t get through the whole Nanochallenge of 20 levels the first time around. It would have been a nice idea if they could have added a feature to vary the difficulty a bit, giving younger children a bit longer to complete the games as it’s mostly younger gamers who are going to be playing this game.
As well as the main nanogames part of SpongeBob SquigglePants there is also the added bonus of an art studio mode. In here you can create your very own SpongeBob masterpieces using the uDraw tablet. For those that maybe aren’t that artistically gifted (me basically) there are loads of stamps of SpongeBob and the gang, plus anything else related you can think of Jellyfish, Krabby Patty burgers, treasure chests, tons and tons of stamps to make some amazing pictures for Patchy’s gallery.
It’s a fun game for the kids whether they are SpongeBob fans or not, and if their not already they will be after a while of playing this game. But be warned it’s dangerously addictive, one play and you’ll soon be hooked!
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