After the success of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom- Rehydrated, THQ Nordic announced during its 10th anniversary live stream that it had teamed up once again with Purple Lamp Studios to produce a simple but cute platformer: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake. While the game may be a bit simplistic, it does improve issues that held down SpongsBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom-Rehydrated.
Die-hard SpongeBob fans will be quickly enamored with SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake which is packed full of nostalgic references to the series with lighthearted gameplay. While the game may not be the most intricate platformer, it could be seen as a great way to introduce new gamers to platforming.
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Players start out in Bikini Bottom when SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star are sold mermaid tears that supposedly can grant any wish from Kassandra, a fortune-teller. After SpongeBob and Patrick fail to read the fine print, the bubbles open a vortex taking all their friends to different Wishworlds. It’s SpongeBob’s job to go and rescue his friends and bring Bikini Bottom back to its normal self.
There are seven unique Wishworlds to explore that take inspiration from the TV series, some of the more entertaining ones being Halloween Rock Bottom and Prehistoric Kelp Forest. Each time a player traverses through a new portal they are tasked with completing missions in order to progress the world and bring back SpongeBob’s missing friends. It’s a pattern that repeats throughout the whole game, which makes the overall goal feel lackluster.
The mechanics of the game are simple and not too complex making it perfect for players wanting to get introduced to the platform genre. SpongeBob can use pizza boxes as a glider and will often use a seahorse to traverse the fast-paced segments. The platforming is smooth and clean, while still adding semi-complex combinations to challenge the players. However, this…