Sunday, July 02, 2006

Game Review (Spongebob: Yellow Avenger - PSP)

Spongebob: Yellow Avenger (SYA) came out without me knowing, and I saw reviews on websites such as IGN. ( Which gave the game a 5.7 ) I wasn't expecting too much out of this game, but since I have the Game Pass at Blockbuster, I rented this anyways. This is the story: The Dirty Bubble got pushed into a washer and he turned into a whole lot of small bubbles. It is up to the Yellow Avenger; A.K.A Spongebob; to capture all these buckeroos and save Bikini Bottom. Here's my review.

Graphics: 8/10. These are some really nice cel-shaded graphics. The graphics obviously look better than the DS version of the game, and there are really nice character animations as well, so there is really no problem with the camera angles or doing anything as far as moving around is concerned.

Sound: 6.5/10. I was really dissapointed with the sound. I was expecting to hear voices from the showm but really, the only thing you hear in this game is a little music in the background and the squeaking of Spongebob's boots. It's not too annoying, until you have been playing the game 3 hours straight. That's the time when you turn the volume to mute.

Control: 7.5/10. The control is fine. You can use the D-Pad ( I wouldn't reccomend ) or the analog nub, which makes the moving a lot easier. Most of this game is just a 3D side scroller, except when you walk in places like the Krusty Krab, Spongebob's House, Squidward's Pad, stuff like that. Either way, the control really is not bad at all. You just side scroll left or right and basically just jump around onto platforms, and onto the citizens head's to get the bubbles off. This can be frustrating, though, because sometimes when you jump it may delay or something, or it's really picky as to where exactly you have to land on their head.

Fun: 7/10. Since this game is relatively short, this game is really just an excellent rental. For fans of the series, they should definitely rent this game. It is a decent amount of length for the game ( I've played for three hours and I'ma bout 30% thru the game, but it really depends on how fast you are at games. ) And this would be a great game for kids. The only real problems with this game is just the fact is doesn't have character voices, which was a let down, the chores are tedious and you will have to back track a lot. Chances are, if you know where people live in the show, you will have a better chance of finding what you need. There are 9 different locations to visit around the "Spongebob World" including Residents area, the City of Bikini Bottom, Goo Lagoon, Jelly Fish Fields, Rock Bottom, Mrs. Puff's Driving Class, and more. You can also of course interact with favorites from the show, such as Mr. Krab, Pearl Krab, Squidward, Patrick, Sandy, Mrs. Puff, Larry, and even some lesser known characters such as the "surfer dude" Scooter, and the police officer Officer Nancy. Like I said, this game is well worth a rental, but not neccesarily a buy.


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