reviews\ Oct 1, 2002 at 8:00 pm

SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman - GBA - Review

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?  That’s right, kiddies, it’s SpongeBob Squarepants, making his second appearance on the GBA in Revenge of the Flying Dutchman, the successor to last year’s SuperSponge.  His second excursion on the Game Boy Advance features a few adjustments in gameplay from SuperSponge, but the 2D platforming aspect remains intact. While not terribly long or difficult, Revenge of the Flying Dutchman will certainly appeal to kids and fans of the show.

The story is one that could be taken straight from the TV show:  SpongeBob loses Gary, his pet snail, and embarks on a quest to save him.  During his search, he finds a magic bottle and releases the Flying Dutchman, an evil ghost pirate.  The Flying Dutchman orders SpongeBob to find the hidden treasure that he had accumulated from his pirating days.  Under the ruse that the Dutchman is a genie who will grant him a wish, SpongeBob agrees and goes out to find the pirate treasure.

The game features very simple gameplay that comprises of standard platform action.  It is divided into five chapters, each including a few levels.  After a chapter is completed, a mini game is opened up.  The mini games are a great way to get extra lives, as well as a fun diversion from the normal game.

SpongeBob’s main weapon is his bubble wand.  There are four different kinds of bubble power ups that SpongeBob can accumulate throughout his journey: Normal, which will stun certain enemies and turn jellyfish into platforms you can step on; Bounce, which thrust you into the air when you hop on them; Strong, which are capable of killing certain tough enemies and breaking through barriers; and Float, which turn into a vertical floating platform to help you reach high items.  SpongeBob also has Special Items at his disposal, which he can win by completing certain mini games.

The game’s graphics are big and colorful, right on par with the TV show.  It also features most of the great characters from the show, from Patrick and Squidward to Plankton and Mr. Krab.  The environments are also richly detailed, and consist of scenes from the show, like Rock Bottom and the Jellyfish Fields.

Revenge of the Flying Dutchman is quite fun, although its lack of difficulty and shortness is likely to turn off gamers looking for a deep, challenging game.  However, if you’re a fan of the show or you enjoyed SuperSponge, then Revenge of the Flying Dutchman is right up your alley.           

Reviewer’s Scoring Details

Gameplay: 7.0

The gameplay is very simple, consisting of using different bubbles to defeat or stun enemies.  The mini games are a pretty fun diversion.

Graphics:  7.5
The graphics are nice and colorful and the environments are well detailed.

Sound:  7.0
The music is a little on the bothersome side, but the sounds are nicely done and contain voices from the show.

Difficulty: Easy

The game is very quick and easy and could be finished by a seasoned gamer in about an hour.  However, this level of difficulty is perfect for the game’s young target audience.

Concept:  7.0
The game manages to keep the style of the TV show intact, and boasts a fun storyline that fans of the show will enjoy.

Overall: 7.3
While not at all challenging, Revenge of the Flying Dutchman has nice graphics, an original storyline, and the certain flair of the popular TV show.  Although the difficulty level is aimed at children, anyone of any age who is a fan of the show should give Revenge of the Flying Dutchman a look. 


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