Our Score: 8/10
In Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake the very fabric of reality is unraveled by Spongebob and Patrick. They must now fix reality and piece back Bikini Bottom by portalling to different worlds.
Everything is Everywhere
SpongeBob SquarePants and his pal Patrick are entrusted with making things right after unintentionally ruining the fabric of the cosmos in the game’s story. Not necessarily of their own free will, but rather by chance, shortly after the pair receives the enchanted Mermaid Tears from the enigmatic Madame Kassandra. The two will have to pass through portals to 7 separate “Wishworlds,” each with its own special theme and range of tasks, in order to put their beloved Bikini Bottom back together.
For instance, gamers may anticipate seeing places like the very eerie Halloween Rock Bottom Experience as well as a Western-themed environment called Wild West Jellyfish Fields. SpongeBob and Patrick, who was magically converted into a balloon buddy by the Mermaid Tears, will encounter and help a number of series characters, including Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, Mrs. Puff, Pearl, and more. The tale of Cosmic Shake is made to seem like a joyful, wholesomely delightful experience from beginning to end for fans of the show or previous SpongeBob games thanks to the abundance of Easter Eggs and allusions throughout the game.
Star of the Show
The gameplay elements of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake are very simple to understand yet being highly interesting. In Cosmic Shake, there is never a boring moment. SpongeBob is the only playable character in Cosmic Shake. Despite not being playable this time, Patrick may still aid SpongeBob in other ways. Specifically, by serving as SpongeBob’s loyal friend in his Balloon-Patrick form and doing things like dropping clean underwear for him when he sustains damage.
With just one playable character, SpongeBob has a variety of talents that let him to do damage in different ways, such as Ground Pound, while simultaneously dodging assaults and freezing opponents with Bubble Throw. This variety helps the game seem new. The platforming aspects of Cosmic Shake’s gameplay and the spots when you can switch between SpongeBob’s abilities, such utilising his strong Karate Kick to blow through barriers and Swing Hook to pull yourself ahead, are the game’s genuine highlights.
The Sound of a Sponge
The fact that Cosmic Shake’s campaign has both the show’s original writers and the whole voice cast makes it seem a lot like watching an interactive SpongeBob movie in many respects. As a result, you may anticipate hearing Tom Kenny, who originated the character of SpongeBob, Bill Fagerbakke, who plays Patrick, Clancy Browns, who plays Mr. Krabs, Doug Lawrence, who plays Plankton, and others repeat their roles. The voice acting is excellent throughout, however I will admit that the techniques employed to capture these voices sometimes fall short, with some of the voices occasionally sounding curiously tinny and echo-y.
With the same sound effects from the show utilised for things like SpongeBob strolling about, Cosmic Shake’s sound design and music are excellent. The fact that the game’s soundtrack was created by the same musicians as Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated adds to its success as a sequel. With this, Cosmic Shake has a good sense of coherence both audio wise and otherwise. Cosmic Shake seems like a suitable follow-up to Purple Lamp Studios’ earlier creation from beginning to end. Having said that, the answer is also a resounding yes if you’re asking whether you can enjoy Cosmic Shake if you’ve never played Battle for Bikini Bottom.
Spongebob Squarepants: The Cosmic Shake is a fantastic game for fans of the show. It builds incredibly well after Battle for Bikini Bottom and tells a new story that mixed with the gameplay delivers a fun and engaging experience.