Sponge Bob Square Pants: Bikini Bottom Carnival game review
SpongeBob SquarePants is one of those things that has maintained popularity across generations, starting all the way back in the late ‘90s and remaining a potent entertainment force well into the second decade of the new millennium.
There’s a fondness by those who watched it originally while new children discover it every day and come to enjoy it for what it is. And it ages well, like a fine wine, since the series lets the occasion adult joke or entertaining Easter egg slip into an episode to keep the older audiences entertained as well, whether they watch out of nostalgia or entertainment.
Because of the success of the series there are many tie-in games. Nickelodeon released several mini flash games including SpongeBob SquarePants: Anchovy Assault and Lost in Time. Of course these simple mini games aren’t enough to be a full package on their own. This is why they released SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Carnival.
Bikini Bottom Carnival is a compilation of some very simple, thematic mini games starring SpongeBob or Patrick Star, depending on the player’s selection. There are several mini games for them to play throughout to get the best possible maximum score overall.
It’s an entertaining concept that gives much more immersion into SpongeBob and the world of Bikini Bottom, with delightful cartoony music and animations throughout just to complete the package.
The music can get somewhat repetitive now and then, but it’s overall quite entertaining and varies from game to game, so if you pick your games in the right order you can break up the monotony of the music and the sound effects and keep the entire thing novel and entertaining throughout, without any parts getting annoying or too much to handle. It is perhaps one of the most complete SpongeBob Squarepants flash games, involving many different games instead of focusing on a single one or two.
The Game Mechanics
SpongeBob Squarepants: Bikini Bottom Carnival is packed full of games. Whereas you can play a single game like Connect Force or Pengusan and get bored quickly, Bikini Bottom Carnival has a lot of content. Each game has its own set of controls that are easy enough to figure out, and they all have their own quirks and tricks.
Catch ‘Em, for example, puts the player into a car that they drive back and forth using the S and F keys as left and right, respectively. The objective of that game is to collect the falling stars and avoid catching a jellyfish, which will freeze you momentarily.
Meanwhile Sundae Splatter involves much more awareness of the keyboard, requiring the player to push keys in the randomized order in which they appear; and the keys will be any key on the keyboard, meaning the player has to be ready and know where everything is if they want to get a high score.
Other games are a bit more lackluster. Deep Sea Sharpshooter, for example, is a two key game that is almost frustratingly simple. The S key moves the crosshair upward and it will reset when it reaches the top, going back to the bottom.
Using this scrolling method of aiming the player has to line up shots on fast moving targets and press spacebar to shoot them, but because of the way the controls are done if they overshoot a target they have to go all the way around again. It takes a lot of practice to get good with and seems really touchy with the hit boxes, making it a little difficult to play.
The game’s strength is in its two player gameplay. The single player game involves simply getting a high score, but the multiplayer in the game pits 2 players against one another to try and get the highest score in each game as well as overall. Each game is a little different but the players compete to get the best score or to throw each other off.
For example in Catch ‘Em it’s possible for a player to freeze the other player by collecting enough stars, letting them take the lead if they want. There’s a lot of friendly competition to be had in the two player mode of Bikini Bottom Carnival, much like you would find in an actual carnival against the others playing the game.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Carnival is a neat little package with a refined edge to it that provides even more immersion into the world of Bikini Bottom and gives the players more SpongeBob if they want it.
It’s a mini game compilation with a large variety of entertaining games to be played and mastered, with an interesting take on local multiplayer pitting the two players against each other instead of forcing cooperative play as a lot of multiplayer games like this do these days.
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