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"Spongebob And Friends: Toybot Attack" Review



Spongebob And Friends: Toybot Attack is a videogame for the Wii published by THQ and co-developed by Natume.inc. It is based off of the hit Nickelodeon show Spongebob Squarepants and was released on December 20, 2007. For the most part, it was met with average to mixed reviews. On the review site Famitsu, it got a 6.3/10 .


The story starts with Spongebob and Patrick taking a truck load of krabby patties to a factory, but they go through some mishaps with Patrick getting stuck in a vacuum shoot. Spongebob has to then go after him to save him. Once they meet up again, they encounter characters talking about how the evil toy bots are terrorizing everything. They are ruled by Professor Calamitous, and Spongebob and Patrick have to stop his evil plans. The story overall is pretty simplistic and mostly forgettable. Its just your usual "stop the bad guy from taking over with his evil invention" trope that we have seen a million times. The twist at the end, though, is that the chat bots win, but the professor doesn't.


In the game, there are two types of levels: The first type is the platformer "beat 'em up" levels where you go through and just beat up enemies. The second type is the boss fight levels. I thought at first it would feel uncomfortable, but it felt pretty good to use the directional pad. Also, pressing the z button rapidly on the back of the nunchuk is pretty satisfying to use to defeat the bad guys. You are going to be using it a lot in the game, or you can just use your regular remote for standard attacks. One of my favorite parts was to do a level based around Stimpy from Ren and Stimpy, and you will need to complete a few of these "easter egg" levels to progress in the game and unlock new characters. Several levels later, you must continue to complete various other tasks before fighting the "Big Boss" Professor Calamitous. The levels are a little repetitive and drag on a bit, but thankfully, you are close to completing the game at this point.


Verdict: Overall, I thought Spongebob And Friends: Toybot Attack was alright to play. It's not perfect in a few areas, but it is mostly enjoyable for a good chunk of the time. The platforming is alright to play as well. Sure, it may be a long game, but seeing and playing as some of your favorite cartoon characters makes up for it.

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