[Nintendo Switch] SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake Review

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Are you ready for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake from THQ Nordic and Purple Lamp Studios? Then check out our SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake review!

Are you ready for SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake from THQ Nordic and Purple Lamp Studios? After giving us remake SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom on PlayStation and Nintendo Switch, we’re now getting a brand new experience. The previous release allows you to play as SpongeBob Squarepants, Patrick, and Sandy, but for this one, the focus is placed entirely on the titular character.

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SpongeBob and Patrick end up meeting Madame Kassandra, who is selling a bunch of bizarre items. SpongeBob and Patrick find a bottle with a purple glow. While, at first, Madama Kassandra is not amused, she notices this is a good way of getting rid of that bottle at a good price. As it turns out, that bottle actually had a bunch of Mermaid Tears that can be used to grant wishes! Oh, and they’re also the property of King Neptune. They learn all of this after making one too many magical bubbles that grant a bunch of wishes.

You’ll control SpongeBob SquarePants with the left analog stick as you swing the camera around as needed with the right one. The A button will be used for jumping and double jumping. If you hold down the button after jumping, SpongeBob will be able to glide by using an empty pizza box. The Y button will allow SpongeBob to perform a spin attack. The B button can be used to dodge, and if you press it while he’s up in the air, he’ll perform a ground pound. This can also be done by pressing the ZL button. The R button will allow you to launch a bubble. The ZR button will make it possible to use the swing hook. The X button will be for interacting with objects and talking with others.

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Your journey begins with a short tutorial disguised as part of the game’s story. When SpongeBob pays Patrick a visit so that they can go to Glove World! Unfortunately, he’s still too tired and asks him to come back later. With nothing else to do, he then pays Sandy a visit to see if she needs any help. Between the two areas, you’ll learn about jumping, double jumping, and performing a spin attack, which are all of the basics needed to enjoy this colorful adventure.

You’ll have to collect as many jellyfish as possible and bring them back to Madam Cassandra so that you can purchase new costumes from her. These costumes are a must since they are needed to be able to enter the many worlds created from all of the wishes made with the Mermaid Tears. The special locations you’ll visit include the Wild West Jellyfish Fields, as well as Halloween Rock Bottom. The good news is that you won’t be alone because Patrick will join you for the ride and will always be ready to provide some funny banter… as Balloon Patrick!

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake has an in-game achievement system with 44 different goals to complete. The first one is a freebie since it will unlock when you collect your first costume from Madame Cassandra. After that, you can work on defeating ten enemies by reflecting back their missiles, defeating specific enemies by sending other enemies towards them, defeating 50 enemies without taking any damage, having 10,000 jellyfish on you at the same time, pressing 50 buttons, destroying 1,000 tikis, or gliding for a while as you play, to name some examples.

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If you’re looking for a 3D platformer with a dash of collect-a-thon fun, and are also a SpongeBob SquarePants fan, then getting this one is a must. The game is fully voice-acted, which is always a plus for a cartoon-based game. SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake is out tomorrow on Nintendo Switch with a $39.99 asking price. There’s also a DLC pack with seven unique skins for SpongeBob if you want to spend an extra $9.99. This DLC – as well as some extra goodies – is also available in the physical SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake BFF edition for Nintendo’s console.

This SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by THQ Nordic.

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