Drawn To Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Review for DS

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It's like Drawn to Life but with more recognisable characters
It's like Drawn to Life but with more recognisable characters

It's like Drawn to Life but with more recognisable characters

You might have noticed that this review looks slightly different to other reviews on VideoGamer.com. That's because we look at games clearly designed for younger gamers in a slightly different way to other games. We'll endeavour to tell you just what you need to know in a clear and concise way so you'll be confident it's the right purchase for whatever your situation.

What is it?
A rather original game called Drawn to Life hit the DS in 2007, allowing gamers to draw many of the objects and characters in the game. At its core it was a fairly traditional 2D platformer, but the drawing elements made it one of the most unique releases of the year. THQ's follow-up, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition ditches the story and characters of the first game, and instead focusses on the well known cartoon series. Again a 2D platformer with plenty of drawing, the story revolves around an evil drawing that comes to life and you play as one of Patrick's doodles that's come to life in order to stop the evil drawing.

Complexity
There are two distinct parts to SpongeBob's latest video game. The running and jumping on platforms and enemies and collecting tokens is all pretty simple stuff, with the odd bit of touch screen scribbling required to get rid of some ink. Players of the original Drawn to Life will find this very familiar and it's not too tricky, even for younger gamers. There is a fair amount of text to read throughout the game, with the characters often telling you what's going on - under sevens may find the game a little too text heavy.

The game asks you to draw lots of items, from the main character you play as to the house you live in, and this is the other part of the game that younger gamers might struggle with. The interface here is fairly simple and the game provides decent outlines for you to draw within, but it's certainly more complex than the basic platforming.

Suitability
Whereas the original Drawn to Life featured an entirely original story and characters, SpongeBob SquarePants Edition has been created with fans of the TV show in mind. It pays to enjoy the TV show and be familiar with the characters. The game's art style is also very similar to the show, which will please fans.

Great for kids who love drawing

Great for kids who love drawing

Production value
The look of the game will vary from person to person, with talented artists ending up with a better looking game than basic scribblers. A fairly sketchy style to the pre-done visuals helps your creations blend more seamlessly and you'll be drawing far more items than in the original Drawn to Life. The only real negative comes from the rather unimpressive audio - in particular the lack of voices for the main characters from the show.

Anything for adults?
Simple 2D platforming and doodling might not sound like perfect gaming material for adults, but Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition is surprisingly good fun and certainly isn't a chore to play if you're asked to get past a tricky section. Just be warned that the game parades your terrible drawings for all to see.

VideoGamer.com's Verdict
Considering the majority of licensed titles for kids fail to offer even a glimmer of originality, Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition comes highly recommended. Although it's based on an idea we've seen before, the use of SpongeBob gives it a much broader appeal and the gameplay here seems slightly more refined. If you've got budding artists or SpongeBob fans in the family, this is worth a look.

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shybear99

this game is filled with bad stuff like when i was playing the mine coaster level when ever i would jump the coaster will not jump so i have to lose all of my lives because that
Posted 02:41 on 28 June 2011
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sally

i love my game sponge bob to life because you can doodle things with a magic pencial and kill people and they exspload into a lot of money you should really get it but when you get to the junck yard part it is not fun because it keeps bringing you back to the spike pallet and then you die die die and it takes along time to get back there the graphics are horrible
Posted 07:51 on 27 December 2008
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casey

can you draw rude stuff in the drawn to life 1? is that the same with the spongebob edition?
Posted 03:16 on 03 December 2008
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Tyler

I want this game but i dont have a ds.
Posted 17:35 on 30 November 2008
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briee

hello
Posted 23:46 on 27 November 2008
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Lindsay

It's really cool and you will defintly like it if you like drawing it's like it is drawn but you have got a magical pencil the pencil gave life to it
Posted 00:53 on 22 November 2008
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Anonymous

in a game counsel shop
Posted 17:45 on 19 October 2008
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Mia prokopetz

hey,

I have a quetion where can u buy ds charger's cuz i lost mine!
Posted 16:44 on 11 October 2008
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not telling

I have drawn to life spongebob for ds. IT IS GREAT FUN.(for me anyway). U do doodling and draw stuff it cool
Posted 07:44 on 05 October 2008
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Dakota

I have played Drawn To Life, and I loved it. But when I first heard about the Spongebob version, I thought it wouldn't be any good. But, I guess IK will have to play it to find out.
Posted 23:53 on 01 October 2008

Game Stats

Drawn To Life: SpongeBob SquarePants
8
Out of 10
Drawn To Life: SpongeBob SquarePants - No boxshot available.
  • Platforming is simple enough for all ages
  • Lots to draw
  • Refined over the original Drawn to Life
  • Quite text heavy in places
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Release Date: 01/01/2008
Platform: DS
Developer: Altron
Publisher: THQ
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: 1-2
Rating: TBC
Site Rank: 2,019
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