- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 11, 2004

Double delight

Here are two multimedia or entertainment items to try:

• Nicktoons Freeze Frame Frenzy by THQ. (For Game Boy Advance, $29.99.)

A character crossover of epic proportions greets younger children enamored with Nickelodeon cartoons and Nintendo’s hand-held entertainment system.

Jimmy Neutron discovers Nicktoons have been displaced to one another’s shows. The game demands that players visit various cartoon worlds; control SpongeBob SquarePants, Timmy Turner, Danny Phantom, Otto Rocket and Tommy Pickles; and photograph characters to make things right.

This involves players becoming side-scrolling paparazzi as they capture the misplaced cartoons on film to collect points and images for an album.

The out-of-the-ordinary challenge is not very difficult, but it’s welcome relief in a Game Boy landscape filled with jumping, running and constantly bashing stuff.

• The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie by THQ. (For Xbox, PlayStation 2 and GameCube, $39.99.)

SpongeBob’s recent foray onto the silver screen has also led to the release of an entertaining third-person action game mirroring his cinematic adventures.

The hilarious and often challenging title has children controlling SpongeBob, Nickelodeon’s popular poriferan, and witless sea star Patrick as they save Mr. Krabbs and all of Bikini Bottom from archenemy Plankton’s Plan Z.

A single player roams through six huge environments as he collects Goofy Goober tokens and manliness points to continue the adventure, acquire new powers and enhance abilities such as Patrick’s patented Tongue Swing.

Constant quips from the cast combined with ludicrous action and even controlling the daunting Patty Wagon make the game as enjoyably bizarre as its cartoon counterpart.

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