SpongeBob’s Super Bouncy Fun Time review (iPod/iPhone & iPad)February 18, 2012
♫ “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he”
10 word description: SpongeBob themed action physics puzzler. 100 levels. 15 power-ups.
10 word review: Lots of fun. Love of SpongeBob Squarepants is not required.
The good news: Excellent casual/fun gameplay. Bright, colourful cartoon graphics. Amusing sound effects and varied vocal exclamations from SpongeBob, plus a cheerfully rousing soundtrack. 100 levels. Stored high score for each level encourages replays. Consumable power-ups and cosmetic upgrades – some very pretty – are all earned in-game with no IAPs. All coins gained in a level are retained, even if you fail to beat it.
The bad news: Difficult to single out anything that is wrong with this game. One thing that I don’t really understand: instead of a single, universal app there are separate versions for iPhone/iPod and iPad.
Arcadelife verdict: I’m not a SpongeBob fan. I don’t mean I came into this disliking him, just that I was previously indifferent. Despite the lack of SpongeBob in my life, I found this game to be instantly likeable and also a heck of a lot of fun. The basic aim/lob mechanic of the Bubble Blaster is similar to the shooting in Angry Birds, Fragger, etc. and the subsequent ball bouncing and scoring works very much as it does in Peggle and Coin Drop.
Some levels present quite a challenge achieving a 3-star rating with the default ball, which makes tactical use of the consumable power-ups more relevant as you progress through the later levels. This is well thought out and adds a fair bit of depth to the gameplay, while never feeling like it’s forcing you to use specific power-ups to solve levels. After completing the whole game with 3 stars on every level, I started playing through it again on my iPad with my 4-year old son, with him taking most of the shots. It’s easily the game he has most enjoyed recently.
Visuals – 9/10
Audio – 8.5/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 9/10
Fun – 9.5/10
Final rating – 89/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
Note – as yet unavailable on UK app store. Link is to iPhone version on US app store.
Nickleodeon website link