Drawn to Life: Spongebob SquarePants Edition DS Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.5
Graphics 7.6
Sound 7.0
Value 7.5
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
G
Review Date:
October 2008
Reviewer:
James Wright

7.5


Drawn to Life: Spongebob SquarePants Edition

Another Drawn to Life title smashes its way onto the Nintendo DS with SpongeBob SquarePants that is aimed at the younger gamer and is based on the popular Drawn to Life series.

Thoroughly utilizing the capabilities of the Nintendo DS, it allows the user to interact with the world of SpongeBob SquarePants as the gamer must save this universe from an evil drawing that threatens the very fabric of this world.

As with the original Drawn to Life, the player must use the stylus to draw a variety of objectives as they interact with the 2D platformer environment. Definitely great fun for the younger gamer!

Features:

  • Create your own character and populate the world with your creativity.

  • Draw, customize and furnish your own Bikini Bottom home.

  • Play against your friends in an exciting two-player VS. mode.

  • Battle, erase and redraw enemies as you work your way through the game.

  • Over 20 levels, each with their own specific objectives.

The arcade or platformer aspect of the title is quite entertaining as you run and jump through the 2D world, collecting tokens and defeating enemies. You also need to draw a variety of items in the title such as where your character will live to a variety of objects that interact quite well with the gaming environment.  Once you have finished the 20 levels in the game, why not try a versus mode with a friend which is quite a sturdy multiplayer sidegame.

Although Drawn to Life was quite popular, what makes this title so unique and entertaining are the characters of SpongeBob SquarePants as the humour of the TV show has been successfully transferred to the video game. Even the graphics are quite reminiscent of the TV show.

Graphically, the title is almost like watching a SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon with colourful graphics and a great gaming environment that goes hand in hand with the gameplay. Even some of the drawings that you create are almost cartoon inspired. The characters move quite well and the animation is perfect for the DS.

The sound effects of the title will keep most gamers pleased, although it would have been nice if there was more sound bites from the original characters themselves, although at the end of the day, any SpongeBob SquarePants is good in my books. The music also changes with the game that makes for some great interactivity.

In conclusion, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition is an entertaining game that fans of the series will simply enjoy. Although older gamers may find this title a little lacking in replayability, younger gamers will enjoy the easy gameplay that is not too challenging or too easy and finds a nice balance. It also assists with your creativity and needless to say, children and some older gamers will have a blast creating their own creations.






 
 



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