SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam! - Xbox Live Arcade review

  • Ease of play
  • Nice visuals
  • Multiplayer options
  • Lack of variety
  • Repetitive voice samples
  • Brief experience

Jan 2, 2008

THQ’s post-Christmas present to you is the first of no doubt many downloadable games featuring the SpongeBob SquarePants license. But unlike most previous games starring Bikini Bottom’s most famous inhabitant, Underpants Slam is actually a pretty decent time-waster.

The general idea in Underpants Slam is to move about each new level avoiding jellyfish, finding items to break, and collecting 99 pairs of underpants. Once all 99 unmentionables are found, SpongeBob and his friends can move on to the next locale.

Obviously, this game isn’t meant for the 20- or 30-something, hardcore player. But as a kids’ game, Underpants Slam gets the job done. The controls are tight and easy to learn, the graphics are just about perfect, and the game play is challenging without being too difficult.

Along with a time trial mode, Underpants Slam includes multiplayer options such as “it” and a fighting mode that can both be played either on a single system, or over Xbox Live. These are just as enjoyable - and similarly easy to play - as the single-player game. 

Longevity will likely be the only issue facing Underpants Slam. This is not a long game. Each level has a relatively short time limit, and once you’ve played it the first time, you won’t find a lot of variety on subsequent gaming sessions. Of course, the target audience is more likely to be happy simply playing a SpongeBob game, and probably isn’t too hung up on things like variety and replayability.

Licensed games on Microsoft’s Live Arcade service haven’t been all that hot (Shrek ‘n Roll says hi), but Underpants Slam bucks that trend. No, it’s not game of the year, but it’s a solid, playable title that manages to serve the license really well.

More Info

Release date: Dec 26 2007 - Xbox 360 (US)
Available Platforms: Xbox 360
Genre: Family
Published by: THQ
Developed by: Blitz Games
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence


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