April 27, 2010 Off

SpongeBob SquarePants Game Review for the PSP

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Sony’s Play Station Portable (PSP) was launched with its own set of exclusive games. However, over time, many PlayStation games were re-released for downloading and playing on the PSP. There are currently 3 ways that this can be done; using a PC as an intermediary, directly connecting the PSP to the internet or through the PlayStation Network service. Commercial PSP game demos can be downloaded directly onto a memory stick and booted from there or given as promotional content in UMD format to customers.

The PlayStation Store is Sony’s virtual market for the PSP and offers downloadable content online, a few of which are free of cost while the others have to be purchased. These include full games, themes, add-on content and playable demos. Going by the 170 million plus downloads till the middle of 2008, this site is a very popular means of getting content for the over 52 million units of PSP that had been sold till earlier this year.

One of the upcoming video games for the PSP is taken from a very popular TV series called ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ and is expected to be released in November 2009. The game is named ‘SpongeBob’s Truth or Square’.

The plot revolves around SpongeBob losing the recipe to keep Mr. Krabs Krabby Patty formula, which had been given to him for safe keeping in preparation for Krusty Krab’s Eleventy Seventh anniversary. SpongeBob takes the help of Plankton even though the latter is known to want the secret recipe for his own use. Normally these two characters don’t get on well together. So, SpongeBob’s other friends help him to use the memory machine that Plankton has, to go back and remember the fate of the Krabby Patty formula.

In the game as played out on the PSP, SpongeBob can become an Explosive Canon to aim at and hit the bad guys. Other options are to make him into Sledgehammer Smash to stun the opposition or turn him into WaterBob Sponge, who stuns the intruders by spewing liquid. The game looks at ‘the 10 happiest moments of SpongeBob’s life’ taken from the animated TV serial and players are able to remember their own favourite moments from it. In multi player action one can play Planktons character while the other does SpongeBob. Some of the story elements are totally hilarious!

This video game is based on the TV serial’s 10th anniversary and will follow the earlier game released on PSP, which was ‘SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger’ and also ‘Underpants Slam!’ which was released for Xbox.

As with other games released on PSP, this too is expected to be a best seller, based on the fact that the original TV serial itself has a great fan following – and not just among kids! It can easily make the Greatest Hits range of budget titles that Sony CEA had announced back in 2006, the first lot being released that same year. The Greatest Hits line-up includes games that have sold more than 250,000 copies.

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