SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake

released on Jan 31, 2023

Wish-granting Mermaid’s Tears in the hands of SpongeBob and Patrick… What could go wrong? Sure, the very fabric holding the universe together could come undone, opening portals into wild Wishworlds. But that’s nothing our favorite sponge can’t handle- with the right cosmic costume!

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Takes what I enjoyed about the first game and makes it so much more fun to play. Also this game kinda counts as an Isakai and that's amazing.

this was quite a decent lil game not as good battle for bikini bottom but still cool to see more ps2 era platformers be made new in current year

It's a good game, I think it just falls short of Battle for Bikini Bottom. Once I completed the story I didn't feel the need to 100% like BFBB. A few of the worlds felt too rushed, but it's still a fun enough game to complete the story. Also the costumes are an awesome addition, so many callbacks to the show.

ah. i was truly suckered into blowing $30 on a rushed licensed product. i really am an adult now.
cosmic shake feels so weird. it constantly feels like it should be a great game. the controls are solid enough, the graphics are appealing, and it's running on the basis of the bfbb remake that i thought was great. yet, the new direction they take with the gameplay feels rushed at best. the game tells you where to go and what to do, and besides some side collectables, it's a straight shot to the finish with little non-visual variety. abilities that spongebob once had in the heavy iron games are no longer around, and you have to progress in the game to learn new ones (artificially making it so that you have to backtrack to previous levels if you want to 100% them). combat is drolling and repetitive, especially when they force you to take down the three-hit tanks. everything just feels worse.
this sentiment extends to the game's identity as well. half of the writing is references, and all of it isn't funny - precisely because it plays it way too safe and hogties itself to what older people might vaguely recall spongebob to be. i don't think anything made me respect the current spongebob crew's aim to give modern episodes a distinct difference from classic episodes than seeing a random european writing group's fanfiction given a budget. to that end, the audio - music is unmemorable, the voice lines play way too frequently, and sound mixing leaves much to be desired.
i could be much meaner. i thought i was going to be meaner. i also thought this might have turned out better than it ended up. i had high hopes for at least another solid spongebob adventure. i pre-ordered this for $10 less than msrp. unfortunately, when i finally got around to this, all i ended up with was a disappointment.

a mí me marcó batalla por fondo de bikini y quería ver si este juego sería igual pero… bueno al menos los colores son bonitos. ha sido como ver drag race solo lo hago para entretenerme y ver colores chulos.

not as good as Battle for Bikini Bottom imho but easily the most fun i've had with a SpongeBob game in a long time, barring BfBB Rehydrated, which should tell you how dire it's been lately