SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, an upcoming platformer based on the hit show, has just announced that it will launch on January 31st, 2023, alongside a new trailer. It will be available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and the Nintendo Switch. There is no word on a next-gen release, and pre-orders are available now.
The Cosmic Shake was developed by Purple Lamp and published by THQ Nordic, the same partners who brought fans SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. That was a successful remake of one of the most beloved SpongeBob games, which also happened to be another platformer. So, there is definitely an established trust for Purple Lamp and THQ Nordic to do the IP justice.
Plenty of gameplay was revealed in today’s new release date trailer, teasing a surprisingly wide variety of locations and voice lines that should please longtime fans of the show.
The game appears to have smartly leaned into SpongeBob’s most appealing qualities, and fortunately, the graphics look gorgeous too. It would be all too simple to turn this platformer into a cash-grab, relying entirely on nostalgia. In fact, it wouldn’t be anything new for the SpongeBob character, who was sorely let down in the first couple of Nickelodeon Kart Racer games.
There have been precious few titles featuring that IP that are genuinely fun, and this is one of SpongeBob’s most promising yet. The art design of the environments, obstacles, and other original content are consistent with the show and wield the same wacky sense of humor without losing its charm. That’s a tricky line to walk, and it’s the reason SpongeBob has lasted so many generations.
Pre-ordering The Cosmic Shake will reward players with an Official Costume Pack which adds “7 additional costumes” according to the new trailer description.
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