SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom
SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom (commonly shortened to simply Nicktoons: Globs of Doom) is a 2008 video game for PlayStation 2, Wii & Nintendo DS, the fourth and final installment in the Nicktoons Unite! series, and the last Nicktoons video game to be published by the original THQ company, before the company became defunct in 2013. Characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Danny Phantom, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Tak and the Power of Juju, and Invader Zim appear. This is the only Nicktoons Unite! game to not feature characters from The Fairly OddParents. Blue Tongue Entertainment, the original developers of the previous games, did not return to create this installment. Instead, Incinerator Studios developed the game.
- Generic story.
- Terrible graphics.
- There is a lack of characters in the roster.
- Terrible camera angles (camera cannot be controlled manually).
- You can't select specific characters to play with at the same time; for example, you can't play as SpongeBob and Zim, Danny Phantom and Dib at the same time.
- Plot holes. No explanation is given for why the human characters can breathe underwater. Also there's no explanation why characters from Bikini Bottom can breathe outside of water (Nicktoons: Unite! clarified this by having Jimmy Neutron spray SpongeBob with one of his inventions to keep SpongeBob moist outside of water, and he used his Neutronic Airgum for himself along with Danny and Timmy in order to breathe underwater).
- Certain levels, such as the Amity Park ones, go on for way too long.
- Each level has a “Coin Surfing” segment at the beginning; which are completely useless, despite lasting for around five minutes and being mandatory.
- Zim, and Dib act out of character in this game. In this game, Zim is a hero and while Dib is a villain, which makes both of them feel out of place in their groups. Also, Dib in the alternate ending, where he continues to stay with them when they captured Globious Maximus, completely goes against his character because he's not a villain in Invader Zim, meaning that he has no reason to continue working with them.
- The models are uncanny, especially Jimmy Neutron's.
- Danny doesn't seem to realize that he has ghost powers. He doesn't even bother flying. When pulling a lever, he sometimes states; "I wish my ghost powers included super strength!" Yet in one episode in the show, he is clearly seen lifting a bus. Either, the developers didn't watch the show or the voice actor has amnesia.
- Cujo is simply referred to as "Ghost Dog" for some reason.
- There's a game-breaking glitch in Amity Park Act 2. Sometimes, when you pull three levers to activate a fan, the fan will sometimes not blow you upwards to progress the level, resulting in a softlock that forces you to exit the level and start over.
- The music is good.
- The concept of globe taking over the Nicktoons universe is really interesting.
- The design for the characters are quite decent, despite the weird models.
- The Invader Zim characters Zim and Dib Membrane appear in this game as playable characters.
- The game has playable villains, those villains being Technus, Plankton, Beautiful Gorgeous, Dib (though only in this game and not anywhere else, even if it doesn't make sense) and Traloc.
Globs of Doom received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Louis Bedigian of GameZone described the Wii version as "a button-masher for gamers under 12" and decided that "it won't rock anyone's world, but if you know a kid who loves these Nicktoons characters and enjoys simple, battle-filled games, Globs of Doom is one of SpongeBob's better adventures." Angelina Sandoval, also of GameZone, said that "Globs of Doom could have been that extraordinary kid's title and SpongeBob SquarePants game but it just falls short in almost every way. It's also not a very fun game despite the variety of characters and co-op gameplay. If your young gamer loves all of these characters I highly recommend a rental instead." Adam Ballard of IGN concluded that "Ultimately, it's a subpar SpongeBob game with Nicktoons tacked on for good measure. Suffice it to say that no amount of licensed characters can save this game from its monotonous gameplay and wretched camera.