Who isn't familiar with that yellow spongy cartoon character with the loud voice and whiny laugh on Nickelodeon? SpongeBob SquarePants and his gang are pretty popular with the kids so it was only a matter of time before a video game was released based on the animated show, don't you think?
The SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton video game lets you play as either SpongeBob or Patrick as you race against time and combat against mutant Krabby Patty soldiers to save King Neptune. The story behind the game is presented in a comic book format which is relatively entertaining, but you can skip it altogether if you want to get right on with the game.
The game plays out as if you're being broadcast on a live news channel with the constant and engaging quips of the reporter-slash-narrator talking about your every move. Triton has taken over all of the buildings in Bikini Bottom and it's up to you to restore them to their original form by bring each one of them down. Basically, you just have to knock the buildings over or punch them until they blow up while you fend off Krabby Patty soldiers in the process. (You can also eat those mutant Patties, if you want to.) SpongeBob or Patrick will only have some pretty basic moves at first but you will be able to unlock some special abilities as you play on.
You will be able to earn smiting points as you pillage through buildings and the Patties in the
different levels. These allow you to level up and increase your character's Jump, Speed, Attack, and Health abilities. You will reach milestones in every category and eventually gain some new moves once you've accumulated enough points.
SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton is a simple and entertaining action game that you can probably finish in a week of two if you have a go at it everyday. Many games that are adapted from animated series or TV shows often have hastily done graphics that look like bad knock-offs but that isn't the case for this game.
The game has a simple premise but the controls aren't that easy to follow. The tutorial does a good job of teaching you the basics, but I find that it was laid out a bit too messily on the screen. You will be able to get a better hang of the controls and the possible combinations that you can use to perform special actions as you play along, but it might be a bit tougher when you first start out.
SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton is a good game overall and it didn't lose the quirkiness or inaneness of either of the two main characters from the show. Even though the game is targeted for younger audiences, this can also be quite entertaining for an hour (or two or more) for the older crowd as well.
You can purchase SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton here: Amazon.com