I Say "Curses!"
More like curse than “revenge” if you ask me. The game is about SpongeBob, who after rubbing a bottle (from a chest that Gary dug up after a game of fetch) freed the Flying Dutchman, who afterwards starts kidnapping SpongeBob’s friends one by one for his ghostly crew. SpongeBob must go on a quest to find special treasures that the Dutchman had before he died so that he can save his friends. To do so, SpongeBob must find the letters to his name in a variety of levels. Each level has its own set of letters that SpongeBob must find. The game is rather simple, but it does have charm all around. The graphics kind of have a timeless feel to me, and the music has personality. Though I don’t know how some might feel that most of the music is based on what costume you wear. If there is one fault of this game is that jellyfishing outfit might end up being the one with the most usage. The reason why is because it’s too versatile compared to the other outfits. It’s mostly used in climbing on hooks with the net to reach new areas and catching jellyfish. The problem there is that you will need to collect jellyfish to fulfill certain quests, and you can only do so in the jellyfishing outfit. What is nice is that even if you weren’t catching jellyfish up until the point you would need the jellyfish, the sizes of the levels are manageable enough where it won’t be too much of an issue. Still, there could’ve been a better balance between the costumes. A neat thing about this game is that it lists all of the tasks that SpongeBob would need to do, in case anyone felt lost or wanted to know if they had gotten 100% of the collectables in a stage. The stages are a bit on the basic side, but were all unique and fun to traverse. It is rather interesting playing most of the stages in different costumes, because each provides a different tone to almost all of the stages. To be clear, two stages have their own music. Another nitpick of the story is that SpongBob discovers what he needs to do to defeat the Flying Dutchman after he finds the first treasure. He discovers it by reading a book that Squidward was reading while lying in front of his lawn. If it came earlier, it would’ve made more sense from a tutorial (learning to sneak), and a story perspective. Also, while the game is able to save your progress, it does not autosave. Be wary of that. But even with that said, this game is nice first attempt of a 3D platformer starring SpongeBob.
Reviewed by: Ryan Papai from Edwardsburg, MI on 6/27/2019