SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge is a video game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It was developed by Behaviour Interactive and was the first SpongeBob video game to be published by Activision. It was released in October 2013 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. It is the only SpongeBob video game to be released for the PlayStation 3 (physically) and Wii U as well as the last SpongeBob video game to be released for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
Why It Sucks
- Shallow and repetitive combat mechanics.
- Bland level design.
- There are only six different enemy types.
- Enemies take far too many hits to kill.
- Special moves make negligible differences to attack power.
- Paper-thin story. What happens is that Plankton steals the Krabby Patty Secret Formula (again) while he makes robots attack Bikini Bottom, so SpongeBob and friends team up to ruin Plankton's evil scheme and get the formula back.
- So-called "Gizmos" are this game's equivalent of the familiar co-op game weapons; the Pickle Blaster is a disguised assault rifle.
- Gizmo upgrades mostly amount to increased damage.
- Sprockets, currency needed to upgrade the Gizmos, is tied to each character, so if you collect some sprockets as SpongeBob and then switch to Patrick, you won't have the sprocket or any upgraded Gizmos.
- The game throws extra lives at you, completely removing any sense of challenge.
- Boss fights are repetitive and bland; all the bosses have the exact same AI with some new attacks here and there.
- Co-op adds nothing to the experience; not even the amount of enemies changes.
- Reviving allies is simple to the point where it basically eliminates any fear of dying.
- The game rips off Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
- The ending is too similar to SpongeBob: Truth or Square.
- Behaviour Interactive never bothered releasing updates to add more enemies or anything to make the game less boring.
- There is no online play unlike Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (sure you had to pay $10, which is the same price as Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, but at least it had online play).
- False advertising: The game is advertised as a spiritual successor to Battle for Bikini Bottom, but it's an utterly different game.
- On top of that, this game was released pretty close to the 10th anniversary of Battle for Bikini Bottom, which can very easily be considered an insult to Battle for Bikini Bottom's legacy.
- The soundtrack is mostly hit or miss; some of it is original, while most of it, especially the opening and closing themes, is ripped right from the show.
- Poor and cheap graphics that look like they could have been done for late sixth-generation games and/or early seventh-generation games.
- The original DS version has frame rate issues. Even the other versions do not.
- The original DS version has only one boss fight that is reused and the original DS version is shorter compared to the other versions (which still are short regardless).
- The voice acting is good, and the dialogue boxes even have the characters' emotions.
- As a side note, this is the only SpongeBob video game to have the entire correct cast provide voices for the featured characters, as all others have at least one actor different. For example, in Truth or Square, Mr. Krabs is voiced by Bob Joles instead of Clancy Brown.
- Flawless hit detection.
- Decent and fluent animation for the CG cutscenes.
Plankton's Robotic Revenge received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Aggregating review website GameRankings gave the PlayStation 3 version 35.00%, the Wii U version 40.00%, and the 3DS version 60.00%. While criticism fell toward its slowly developed gameplay, the return of the original voice actors was praised.
Both PlayStation Official Magazine and Official PlayStation Magazine awarded the game a 5/10. GamingBolt rated the game a better score of 7 out of 10.
- Co-developed for the Nintendo DS by Engine Software