Up on the review block today I’ve got SpongBob Truth or Square for the Nintendo Wii. Yes I already reviewed SpongeBob for the Xbox360, but the Wii version is a bit different. The Wii versions is actually a lot more fun to play since you get to use the Wii controls making it more interactive than just sitting there with a controller in your hand and hitting buttons. It’s the Wii so the graphics aren’t comparable to the Xbox360 version, but it makes up for the graphics in overall fun.
Obligatory box shots here:
You’ll notice that there is a game piece on the front of the case. When you peel it off you’ll find a code your can enter on the Spongebob website, and no I didn’t win anything good.
The story is pretty much exactly the same as the Xbox360 version, but playing it on the Wii actually makes the game a bit more fun. The graphics aren’t comparable of course but they’re not bad for the Wii.
Hold on to your SquarePants for the ULTIMATE SpongeBob game ever!
SpongeBob SquarePants has gotten himself into quite a predicament. After being entrusted by Mr. Krabs to keep the Krabby Patty formula safe, SpongeBob is overcome with grief for losing the recipe. He then relies on the help of the most unlikely companion, Plankton, who wants the secret Krabby Patty recipe for himself. With the help of his friends, SpongeBob must use Plankton’s memory machine to retrace the happiest moments of his life to find the Krabby Patty formula in time for the Krusty Krab’s Eleventy Seventh anniversary.
New Wacky Morphing Abilities:
-Turn SpongeBob into a Sledgehammer Smash to whack intruders, a WaterBob sponge to spew liquid and stun enemies, or even an Explosive Canon to aim and blast baddies.
Relive Side-Splitting SpongeBob Moments:
-Reminisce through fan’s favorite SpongeBob moments as the game draws upon ‘The 10 Happiest Moments of SpongeBob’s Life’ and hilarious story elements from the animated television series.
Share in the Hilarity with Family and Friends:
-Play as SpongeBob or with a friend playing as Plankton throughout the entire game on both the Wii and Xbox 360 platforms
Experience Exciting New Levels:
-Run, jump and spin through 10 challenging levels. Find familiar faces from the series as these transformed supersized bosses take quite a bit of over-the-top battling to bring them down.
Go Deep into SpongeBob’s Universe:
-Revisit SpongeBob’s most memorable locations, such as downtown Bikini Bottom, the Krusty Krab, Jellyfish Fields, or even Rock Bottom as players experience all of their favorite characters from previous SpongeBob games and the TV Series.
So here’s a video of the first level for you:
I included the opening load screen to show you the long load times, they’re a bit too long in my opinion.
Like the Xbox360 version, the Wii has the same trivia style load screens. The trivia is interesting but due to the long load times I and most kids would rather see something else besides them.
Since it’s the Wii you’ll be using the motion controls of the Wii to do certain moves. This does make the game more interactive and actually a lot more fun than the Xbox version.
You can use the Wii MotionPlus attachment with SpongBob but I saw no difference in game play at all.
While you’re playing SpongeBob Truth or Square you’ll play as SpongeBob in single player mode as you might expect. There’s quite a few cinematics in the game that help tell the story and set up the level you’re about to play. The movies are before the level when you’re in SpongeBobs home and then there’s usually another mini movie after the load before you actually start the level. Kids will like the movies quite a bit as it’s their favorite characters interacting with each other and just being plain goofy.
The graphics are decent for the Wii, they’re what we’ve come to expect at this point, but I have seen better with other Wii titles. SpongeBob can turn himself into things like a spatula, hammer, spinning paddles and a large fan blade type of thing. These are his basic attacks. The Spatula and the spinning paddles or spatulas are his normal attacks, but once he gets a muscular power up his attacks become more powerful and more useful. If SpongeBob needs to cover a larger distance, farther than he can jump, he can use the propeller attack to help him get some more air on his jump making him go a bit farther.
SpongeBob will do a lot of jumping and fighting, there’s actually a lot of violence in the game, but it’s comical so it’s not to bad.
There’s a lot of bonuses in the game as well for you to collect, for example you can find Patrick sleeping in each level, SpongeBob wakes him up and you’ll get a bonus for it, and if you find them all you’ll get a larger bonus.
Since it’s SpongeBob it’s a goofy game. SpongeBob will use his tongue to slide around on Jellyfish jelly, and at some points he’ll use bubble gum to travel around the game.
Overall it’s a great kids game, it’s colorful and fun and it’s SpongeBob with the rest of the cast of Characters.
The majority of the game is very easy, but there are one of two points where even I struggled a bit. Luckily in the game it’s very easy to earn extra lives, at points I had well over 20 lives, and at those points I needed them and used most of them trying to do something hard in the game.
The only real complaint I’ve got about SpongeBob Truth or Square is the camera. There are times in the game where the camera will go behind things and you’ll end up not being able to see what you need to do, you’ll be moving or jumping blindly and hoping you’re hitting the target. It can be very frustrating at times.
From my kids perspective they like the Wii version quite a bit, they’ve played both versions on the Xbox360 and the Wii. They really like the idea that you use the Wii controls for the attacks, they think it’s great to swing the nunchuk and whack the bad guys. The only issue is that they play the Xbox more than the Wii so it took them quite a bit to get accustomed to the controls. The other minor issue is that sine they have it on the Xbox, the Wii version doesn’t offer anything really different in terms of the story, it’s the same game just with different controls.
SpongeBob Truth of Square for the Nintendo Wii is a fun game and one that is great for kids. They’ll have a lot of fun playing it and they’ll enjoy seeing and playing their favorite cartoon characters.
Since it’s available on multiple platforms I would suggest getting the version for the console that your children like the best, there’s no need to get it for multiple consoles as it’s the same story. Personally I like the Wii version better as the controls do make the game much more fun to play, and my kids seem to enjoy it better than the Xbox360 version.
+Decent graphics for the Wii
+Fun game, great for the kids
+Wii controls make the game more fun
+Easy to play
-Long load times
-Can be hard at certain points
-Camera can hinder progress at certain points
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