November 8th marked the release for THQ's SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip. SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip is non-stop action! SpongeBob and his bodacious Bikini Bottom buddy jump on surfboards and skateboards to explore a brand new, never-before-seen world!
Set up of the main menu is relatively easy providing you Kinect camera is calibrated right, other wise it can be a bit touchy. You are given the option of choosing between single player and co-op modes. We started in single player mode were you can head into quick play, story mode or take a tutorial ( same actually holds true for 2 player mode).
You can pick and customized your surf/ skate boards and go over a few basic moves in the tutorial. Quick play is just that, you jump right into a game without any options.
Story Mode: Once you begin, you are presented with a map. There is a surf map and a skate map. Each map series offers 6 tracks, most start off locked. To unlock them you must complete the unlocked tracks. Completing the tracks gains you experience points. These points unlock traps and level you up. Oh, and you also gain challenges.
I look at the challenges like mini games within - For example one challenge is Danger Dash.
In Danger Dash you the track has explosives all over. If you hit to many explosive you fail the challenge. Pretty basic yet, surprisingly fun!
Surfing or Skating is fairly easy. I did feel like the characters went on their own from time to time and you can't control the tricks. There is a few spots were you need to pose to complete the movve but that's about it for your control of the tricks. Once you get your character up the ramp or side he does his thing on his own.
The movements were pretty simple making it easy for younger players to grasp. For myself, I would have like a little more leaning and tilting movements, rather then just moving your feet. I guess that is why I felt like the game moved on it's own. As you can see that didn't stop my son from really giving the game his all. I didn't see it necessary to tell him he didn't need all the extra moving around...lol This game does require you stand a fair distance from the T.V - ample room is required
Two player mode is fun. It's basically all the same only you get to "attack" each other. You also play this mode side by side simultaneously it is not turn based. Another plus for kids who are impatient.
Overall this will make for a fun game for the younger Spongebob fans.
Buy It: Available for Kinect $49.99 and Nintendo DS $29.99 where video games are sold
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