Spongebob Squarepants:

Format: Game Boy Advance
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Spongebob wants to give his friend Patrick Star autographs from their favourite superheroes. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Bog. But first, Spongebob must succeed at some increasingly zang challenges. See if Spongebob can fulfill the superheroes' requests to win their autographs...

Strange name, strange game if the blurb on the back of the box is to be believed. Frankly it sounds like the ramblings of a mad man and how this idea ever got past the 'drunken idea down the pub' stage is beyond me. It is just a platform game with crappy characters that only a five year old would find amusing.

The graphics are impressive, but there is nothing fancy in the gameplay and to be quite honest Spongebob was so annoying that after 10 minutes of play I would have preferred to wash a tramps nether regions rather than spend another second making him leap around the screen.

I think it is the Official Playstation Magazine that has a section where readers send in really crappy game ideas and then the designers on the magazine create a mockup cover for the most stupid game. Sadly, Spongebob Sqaurepants sounds just like one such game.

I am aware this is based on a kids cartoon, but sadly I have not seen an episode - whether that would sway my judgment is debatable. In a word this is dull.

Ray Thompson

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