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SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is a surprisingly well-made party game that successfully captures the style and humor of the popular Nickelodeon franchise. The title's wealth of colorful cinematics easily tops those in the Mario Party franchise and its removal of board movement (and emphasis on mini-games) creates a speedier party experience. Meanwhile, many of the mini-games present in the project are enjoyable, if shallow, for a variety of different reasons. The biggest oversight is closely related. The truth is that there just aren't enough minis to keep most players satisfied for an extended period of time, especially since the challenges are inherently shallow. Diehard SpongeBob fans and younger gamers will still get a kick out of what's there, and general audiences looking for a multiplayer option could do worse. But with titles like Mario Party 7 in mind, there are deeper alternatives readily available.
Spongebob Squarepants: Lights, Camera, PANTS! continues a lineage of solid Spongebob games. Parnets can rest assured with this game. As for the rest of us, unless you're a huge Spongebob fan or have a lot of beer, there are better games out there.
The games themselves are centred around test-of-skill-style auditions for the new Mermaid Man And Barnacle Boy movie (a favourite of SpongeBob's if you don't already know) and are, generally speaking, a varied bunch, wedded to nicely simple control setups. For our money, the farting inflatable-pants obstacle course deserves top honours, but then again, we're deeply childish. Bottom line? Unapologetically aimed at pre-teens, and about as deep as a crabby patty - this, nevertheless, packs enough mental charm to keep a quartet of gamers hooked.
Spongebob Party just hasn’t got what it takes. No even half as funny as the episodes, a complete rip-off from Mario Party and ugly menus: it should all have been a lot better, and I mean a lot. It’s not the first time Mario Party gets copied, but it’s time to quit it. Mario Party has lost some of its glance, and Spongebob Party is a bowl already covered in rust because of the rain. Spongebob should be ashamed; like the time his pants ripped and he had to sing on the beach. That was funny, this is just ain’t.
All in all, it's hard to see how even the most ardent SpongeBob fan could get a lot out of this game, even with three friends and four controllers on hand. There's just not a big enough selection of games, fundamentally, and too many niggles. If it's a kids' party game you're after, you're probably better off with an EyeToy title. And if you're buying for a SpongeBob fan, consider SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom instead - it's a platformer rather than a party game, but it's a lot more fun than this.