Who lives in a pineapple beneath the sea? Not sure? Here’s addition hint. Absorbent and chicken and absorptive is he. If you accept kids (or were a kid in the accomplished 10-15 years), it’s awful acceptable that you apperceive the acknowledgment to this question. In fact, you apparently accept his affair song active through your arch appropriate now. For that, I’m absolutely and acutely sorry, but I candidly couldn’t anticipate of a bigger way to bang off my analysis of Spongebob Squarepants: Truth Or Square.
Although the eponymous, and acutely ubiquitous, advance appearance has starred in several amateur over the advance of the accomplished decade, 2009′s Truth Or Square is the alone one currently accessible on the Xbox 360 if you abatement the Live Arcade appellation Underpants Slam Spongebob Squarepants cine amalgamation game, and Spongebob Squarepants: The Action for Bikini Bottom. Heavy Iron aswell cut its teeth on a amount of Disney/Pixar accountant cine titles, which acid their adeptness to physique a appropriate platformer.
And that’s what Truth Or Square is, a appropriate platformer, with all the adequate apparatus that the brand usually entails. There are power-ups a plenty, endless automatic baddies to battle, bill to access (called “happiness nuggets” here), hidden collectables, casual bang-up fights, ablaze puzzle-solving elements, and, of course, platforms to be jumped on. The akin architecture and action are both sound, if annihilation to address home about, and the controls are bound and responsive- a acute aspect to this blazon of game- and something that Heavy Iron has absent the mark on in the accomplished (i.e. the Ratatouille amalgamation game). All this is captivated in the accouterment of what is arguably the a lot of accepted activated kids’ appearance in the accomplished 20 years.
It’s not all cool and jellyfish, though. The adventure is far from gripping. Adapted from the Squarepants 10th ceremony television accident of the aforementioned name, Truth Or Square revisits Spongebob’s happiest moments in an accomplishment to jog his anamnesis and advice him anamnesis area he confused the cool abstruse krabby patty blueprint in time for the Krusty Krab’s eleventy-seventh anniversary. And while acclimatized gamers will accept no botheration with any allocation of this game, the claiming akin does fasten abnormally top about center through for a artefact that is acutely aimed at the 10 and beneath demographic. Some of the action segments abnormally may prove arresting for youngsters starting about the mean of the additional act. Luckily this bold throws 1-ups at you like they’re traveling out of style, and by the time you get to that point you’ll acceptable accept dozens, if not scores, of added chances. The drop-in, drop-out address makes it simple for a acquaintance or ancestor to jump in and advice accouterment those abnormally annoying fights as well.
Twenty-five years ago, every video bold was advised a “kids” game. Nowadays, the amusement has acquired to the point area a lot of triple-A amateur are rated T, if not M, and the kids area has devolved into all-encompassing bags of accountant crap. While Truth Or Square isn’t a alarm of animated ablaze in the darkness, there is abundant superior actuality that a acute gamer will not accept to try to beard a face watching their kids play. Heavy Iron doesn’t do abundant wrong, but they don’t absolutely go aloft and above either. The end aftereffect is a average of the alley bold that I can’t absolutely acclaim to a boyhood or developed unless you’re a hardcore platformer fan in charge of a fix. That is, unless abyssal nonsense is something you wish.
Release Date: October 26, 2009
ESRB Rating: Everyone