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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2004
This is a great game. I would not recommend it for children under 4 unless your child is just extremely advanced. My 4 yo can play some areas of the game easily, but the word areas are more difficult and he becomes frustrated. BUT for kindergarteners this game is just right. My 6 yo is learning a lot, and unlike other learning software, she doesn't mind playing it because it's fun and of course there is the very cute and charismatic Sponge Bob.
The goal of the game is to get ingredients to make a new secret sauce. Upon completing the different areas of the game you are given some of the ingredients to make the sauce. So the children get the sense of reward for all of their work. That's been enough motivation for my daughter. It teaches counting, math, letters, word building, and there's music (I'm probably leaving a few things out) It's wonderful, a must have for all leapster owners.
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2004
I saw this item on several websites with a recommended age of 3-6 years. I bought it for my son today (he got the leapster for Christmas) The age recommendation on the box is 5-8 yrs. My son is 4 and although he likes Sponge Bob, he told me he can't do it & asked me to play the games while he watches. Even the level 1 games are conciderably more difficult than the games on the cartridge that came with the toy. One section involves counting coins. I'm sure he will "grow into" the games and learn them from watching me- he sits on my lap while I play. I would definitely recommend this one for a slightly older child.
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62 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2005
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The idea of this game is that the child helps Sponge Bob collect ingredients to create a new secret sauce. The animation is cute, but the games are too easy (my son is 4) and it takes too long to collect the ingredients. Once enough ingredients are collected, the child then gets to play "kitchen chemistry" which is not much fun. The child can either guess at the recipe or tap or SpongeBob to get it. Patrick does the taste test and it is funny to watch his reactions, but "kitchen chemistry" is just not exciting, interesting nor challenging enough to keep the child coming back for more.

In addition to "kitchen chemistry", the cartridge has four other games:

"Counting Claw": Has 3 levels, deals with counting change. the child sticks coins into a slot until he has put in the right amount. My son blindly sticks the coins in the slot until SPongeBob reacts. Then he enjoys playing the claw machine game and the wacky prizes that come out. But he learns nothing.

"Conveyor Chaos": Very similiar to the bunny game that comes with the leapster system. Done a little better, but not very versatile.

"Musical Garden": The child only has to play with assorted sea music until the timer runs out. The child's symphony is not played back. Music appreciation?? Whatever.

"Bubble Scrubber": The one redeeming game on this cartridge. Unfortunately it only deals with 4 letter words. And there is nothing to entice the child to try more challenging levels. I did get my son to start using level 3 instead of 1 by playing it with him and now he prefers level 3. Although I do know the value of repetition, a few more words would be nice.

After experiencing First Grade (which is still my son's favorite), I was disapointed. This game is only mediocore.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2003
I love all of the Leapfrog products so this was very exciting to see. I had considered buying my 5 year old a Gameboy Advanced but I really didn't care for how small the viewing screen is or it's size in general. For someone of her age, the Leapster has a larger screen and buttons that are easier for her to control and handle and the graphics are very good. It also uses touch screen / PDA technology so she can write right on the screen. I love how they incorporate the concepts from games like "Frogger" into a game with a rabbit and developing multiplication problems. It's fun to play and learn from.
I don't feel that this is as fragile as a gameboy advanced either so that's why I felt that this toy deserved a 5 star worthy rating.
Overall, I think this is a really great, first time electronic game for a child of my daughter's age (5).
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I highly recommend this Spongebob cartridge for the Leapster system! My little boy is a big spongebob fan and on Christmas morning he got from Santa a leapster and some Leapster games, of course Spongebob is one of his favorites. My little boy is almost 4 and he completely understands each game included on the spongebob cartridge and in the 3 months we have had this game he is already going to higher levels with the game. It teaches while letting your child have fun and that is what is the most important, if your child is having fun while learning they will continue to keep learning!

This spongebob cartridge teaches the values of money, colors, music game and more. The voices sound the same as on the cartoon and it keeps my little boy intrested in playing it still after 3 months he plays this game on a daily basis!

I would suggest this leapster cartridge for all!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2004
this toy is definetly not for children under 5. My four year old daughter is a very good at the game that comes with the leapster she can do all of the level three games but sponge bob is a very hard game to play. I'm 30 and it was fun for me but I can see that it was hard for my daughter the recomended age was appropriate from the manufactuer but not right with amazon.com
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2004
My 4 year old son received the SpongeBob game for Chrismas. He loves it! He has been able to figure out the games. At first he had lots of questions but he is able to complete all the games now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2007
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My five-year-old son just received this game last week. He can not put it down. He especially loves the silly sauce game and the money. He has a deep fascination for numbers and money, so those games come "easily" to him. He'll be 6 in a couple of months.

I agree with the other posters that say this is not for a child under the age of 5, not if you want them to actually play and learn from the games and not just guess at them. Spongebob is a hit in this house!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2003
Bought the Leapster for my 3 kids (8, 6 and 3 1/2) and my 8 yo especially likes the SpongeBob game. He is learning words, math, money counting (or reinforcing -- he already knows some of these skills -- 3rd grade). He said that "this is better than a gameboy -- a lot more fun". He has a gameboy advance SP about about 30+ games. Imagine that -- and he learns something with the Leapster. I am loving it. I will buy more software as it comes out (also already bought Dora -- 3 yr old loves, Kindergarten, 1st grade and Mr. Pencil's Learn to Draw as well as SpongeBob). Would love to get my hands on Math Baseball for my 3rd grader to practice multiplication math facts!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 14, 2008
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We have a 4 year old and a 5 year old and they simply LOVE this game. They have enjoyed many Leapster games, but they love Songebob. The game is relatively easy for them, but challenging enough to entertain for long periods of time.
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