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This game was just right for my eight-year-old son: it features decent (but repetitive) voice acting; the environments are colorful and varied, and generally offer just one main task for each area; and the game changes genres regularly, which is good for short attention spans.
While the controls are generally pretty good, there is one control that causes absolute frustration on multiple levels: the winch. The idea is to hold the remote vertically and move it around as if you are turning a wheel (mounted horizontally) with a handle on top. The motion is something like a mixing motion would be if you had a very big bowl. However, the controls were, for lack of a better word, "wanky." Yes, wanky and erratic. Sometimes it would work, and sometimes it wouldn't, no matter how hard we tried.
The visuals are pretty much what you'd expect from a Spongebob game--cartoony and bright. I was a little disappointed that Spongebob doesn't seem to be able to register emotion, since his emotionalism is one of the show's key elements.
For the record, my son loved the part with Patrick as Starfish Man vs. the Dreaded Patrick the best of all. In fact, he stated that he wished he could play nothing but that part.
In the end, I would say this is a good game to -rent- if you have an interested child.