CGRundertow SPONGEBOB’S SURF & SKATE ROADTRIP for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

CGRundertow SPONGEBOB’S SURF & SKATE ROADTRIP for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

Who has a Kinect game that doesn’t quite
work? SpongeBob Squarepants! You can’t even turn when come to a fork! SpongeBob Squarepants! If walls are a thing you don’t mind when
you hit, SpongeBob Squarepants! This game is for you! It’s pile of horse…feed! SpongeBob Squarepants! SpongeBob Squarepants!
SpongeBob, you suck. Haha! Now that that’s over with, let me read the
game description. It says, “SpongeBob may live at the bottom of the ocean, but that
doesn’t mean he can’t have tons of fun up top!” Which begs the question…on top
of what? Because certain things are a lot of fun up top. Playing a crappy Kinect game
is not one of those things, SpongeBob. Alright, so I’ve been singing and I’ve
been lewd. That should give you a pretty fair idea what I think of SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate
Road Trip. It’s one of the worst Kinect games I’ve played in a long time, not to
mention one of the best arguments yet as to why the analog stick is still more accurate
than the all-knowing, all-seeing camera. Surf & Skate Road Trip is a surfing and skating
game that uses the Xbox 360’s motion detecting camera, the Kinect. Of course, in this application,
the whole “detecting” part is debatable. But more on that later. The game kind of plays
like an on-rails racer, of sorts, only without the racing. Your character automatically moves
forward, and you have to steer by moving your body. At least, that’s how it works in theory. The game works by giving you a neutral position.
If you stand as you would on a skateboard or surfboard, that’s supposed to make you
go straight. By moving your leading foot to the left or right, that’s supposed to steer
in either direction. You race down the course with no time restraints, the objective being
to rack up points in a Tony Hawk kind of way and reach the finish
line. I really wanted to like this game. I like
SpongeBob. I like the idea of a surfing game based on the cartoon. What I don’t like
is motion controls that don’t work, and the whole time I was playing Surf & Skate
Road Trip, I just kept thinking, “There is literally an Xbox controller right next
to me. Why can’t I just use it? Why am I being forced to play a game with something
that is inherently less **** useful?” It’s like eating spaghetti with a spoon
because someone nailed your fork to the table. That’s what playing Surf & Skate Road Trip
is like. It’s like, interactive video torture. The game has two modes. There’s a story
mode told via slides…slides that see when you’re not paying attention, and believe
me, you won’t. The cut scenes tie together the races that aren’t races, and that’s
when the game’s maddeningly imprecise controls destroy any semblance of enjoyment you might
have had from hearing SpongeBob laugh. See, this time, he’s laughing at you. There’s a two-player mode, but you probably
won’t care enough to try it. There’s a negligible amount of extra stuff to unlock,
but the core gameplay is so imprecise, you probably won’t play long enough to see it.
Even if your kid is a SpongeBob super fan, this is a game you should pass on. Find him
something else with SpongeBob’s face. There’s no shortage of licensed merchandise, and unlike
Surf & Skate Road Trip, a good deal of it is actually fun.

Antonio Breitenberg

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74 thoughts on “CGRundertow SPONGEBOB’S SURF & SKATE ROADTRIP for Xbox 360 Video Game Review

  1. pLacepartay says:

    SPONGEBOB DOESNT SUCK! this game does tho

  2. BattleJoe97 says:

    God image playing this ACTUAL CONTROLLERS!!!!

  3. BattleJoe97 says:

    1:33 Even worse then…….. BLACK WATER DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUH!!!

  4. Bloo561 says:

    You funny man i hope they make a surf and skate roadtrip with a xbox controller required for the game,but no kinect

  5. noah says:

    Everyone who buys this will take an arrow to the knee

  6. THEREALVITO says:

    FUAAAAAAABAA (see what I did there?)

  7. Richard Jones says:

    @BattlefieldJoe97 I know… ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING!

  8. Richard Jones says:

    Dear God… I commend you for making a complete fool of yourself in that intro. XD Great review!

  9. BattleJoe97 says:

    @Ricjones1994 Thank god for Gamefly!!

  10. Richard Jones says:

    @BattlefieldJoe97 Amen! XD

  11. Anna Nishikinomiya says:

    um the game dont make sense..since..its spongebob..he would die out of water..why not make it happen at blue lagoon

  12. BattleJoe97 says:

    @DonteGameReviews U MUST BE HIGH ASS HELL TO LIKE THAT SHIT!!!!!!!!!!

  13. FastTquick says:

    This is even worse than Blackwater. Thankfully, we still got the upcoming releases of both Ryse and Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor to hopefully turn things around for Kinect.

  14. UNSCArcher says:

    @Punkyemoking Magic???

  15. AnimeWolfgamer says:

    Darek you did a good job opening with a funny line that pretty much sums up this game.

  16. orionpax55 says:

    Hey look! There's those actual subtitles again!

  17. Commodorefan64 says:

    @Punkyemoking As long as SpongeBob keeps wet every few minutes he's good, cause if you remember the episode where him, and Patrick are trapped in Sandy's Tree Dome during the fake snow storm, they do just fine other then getting too cold.

  18. Mariofreakman says:

    Seems like a tony hawk ride version of kinect.

  19. fsmetal says:

    @diogoco Fuck off troll

  20. Quadspark says:

    @diogoco YAH DO WHAT THE INTERNET TROLL SAYS. he will totally do it.

  21. Quadspark says:

    I didnt expect derrick to like spongebob! He actually does! too bad spongebob is going down hill, his series is starting to suck. im sry but it is true, its starting to ruin my childhood.

  22. Maverick says:

    How can Spongebob breathe out of water like this?

  23. AshmoreVid says:

    kinect doesn't work does it? why don't Microsoft just admit it

  24. Samuru Tan says:

    @GamerNinjaX spongebob used to be funny,but since the new series the show has been join downhill

  25. Samuru Tan says:

    @SonicMaverick3000 actually there's a river in bikini bottom…so yeah

  26. Jaime Fernandez says:

    Epic opening song xD

  27. CoreyOfMyLife says:

    @AshmoreVid It works on some games, Fruit Ninja, UFC, Child of Eden, developers just haven't figured it out completely yet.

  28. zendertaker says:

    fuck you, derek. you are annoying and a bad reviewer

  29. Quimbyrbg says:

    Such a shame; This game looks like a lot of fun, but I hate the Kinect even when it's working, so I won't even bother renting this game.
    The graphics look great. and I especially love the static wave rims on some of the corners.

  30. batmanmotherfucker says:

    @SonicMaverick3000 sponges breathe?

  31. DaveThe SodaGuy says:

    haha, these crappy xbox360 exclusives and their pathetic display and laughable gameplay

  32. Nejissj4 says:

    kinect doesn't seem to have many good games…

  33. jeffskid96 says:

    :'( that intro was beautiful derek.

  34. hawk187187 says:

    Actually, i like to eat spaghetti with a spoon. It's very useful.

  35. GameScape says:

    @Punkyemoking POO LAGGOON

  36. U4Real? says:

    @SonicMaverick3000 he can but birds would eat him, remember when Sandy dared them to go on land

  37. Serpico's Beard says:

    Bag of wank.

  38. insertnamehere001 says:

    "you can't even turn when you come to a fork"?

  39. King Harkinian says:

    @StaySmartGE D:

  40. Brand Neil says:

    Thank You Derek. I was wondering about this game.

  41. Quadspark says:

    @Punkyemoking you NEERRD its Goo Lagoon, loljk

  42. Quadspark says:

    @Firedragon41520 but then why did he need watter at sandy's treehouse?

  43. Quadspark says:

    @insertnamehere001 fork, meaning obstacle, have you heard the phrase "Fork in the road"

  44. SomeCallMeTom says:

    @SonicMaverick3000 Easy, He's a fictional character.

  45. Quadspark says:

    @Firedragon41520 why was he gasping for water than? and sandy would just drown woulden't she? then again she wears that water tank half the time, oh jeez I know too much about the show, I watched it all the time in my childhood. and hell if I know your probably right.

  46. Aperson1990 says:

    Did not know Derek likes Spongebob.

  47. Bloody Gir says:

    Why do you have to review all the bad SpongeBob games? Review Battle for Bikini Bottom or The SpongeBob Movie Game.

  48. Mathias Bjørnskov says:

    I gotta say, even though this game really seems to suck, I still like eating spaghetti with a spoon.

  49. Morahman7vnNo2 says:

    I just came here to see if some would make fun of it.

  50. Dan Rossi says:

    Just got xbox kinnects for my 8 year old. So far only had it for a week and it seems like a waist of money. Spent $500 for complete system and games are either too violent or just as stupid and boring as this one, … I have a new respect for his Nintendo 64 system.

  51. malic fofana says:

    spongebob dosent suck, but the game does…

  52. Woldow JR says:

    This should be out for the Wii

  53. Jeb Aveldson says:

    yes, but it NEEDS to be on wii cuz it sucks

  54. michael hart says:

    fuck you spongepop
    i love you

  55. Joaq Wizard Phoenix says:

    Best opening ever!

  56. Ryan Neely says:

    GOO lagoon

  57. GamerZE says:

    Blue??U serious??

  58. Arctic says:

    what if someone liked this better than skate 3

  59. grimm149 says:

    it's not the;s Xbox kencit

  60. Dimitri Rusko says:

    Man the reviewer is mad annoying

    i wish i could bitch slap this little kid and watch him scream and yell at me while i just stand there laughing

  61. Javier mora says:


  62. Letsnotzumba says:

    because he is a talking sponge.

  63. Emily Kearns says:

    At least you didn't swear in the song you just sung

  64. Simaan Arshad says:

    Which video encoding does this game has

  65. rescuehero942 says:

    The DS version is worse. It feels unplayable.

  66. Isaac O. says:

    It was…okay. My kinect worked ok and it WAS pretty good. The only thing is, I am optimistic, so, to pessimistic people, this game is awful, but my friend got it for me, and it was okay. Not as good as nicktoons moving for ps2 though.

  67. Greyhound Gaming says:

    qmewwijdjdjdjcjc. yahshshwh r,, , m.

  68. Chris Leppla says:

    Bro You sound way too old to be watching spongebob I pray that you go through puberty some day kid

  69. yoyoyoshio267 says:

    It's a Kinect game… they are all shit… but this game looks like it could have been fun if it used a controller, the graphics are downright gorgeous with how smooth they are

  70. Discontinued Channel says:

    What a coincidence, SpongeBob: Surf and Skate Roadtrip was released one year after Sonic: Free Riders! Why Microsoft do you curse us with bad games that revolve around around skating, (The other Sonic Rider games were great!)!?

  71. Madison-chan says:

    Kinect is godawful

  72. Grigori Rasputin1990 says:

    fucking horseshit again was there even one decent game about sponge fucking bob

  73. Stephanieee 503 says:

    Bru fuck u

  74. Pat Playz says:

    The kinect controls are usually very precise. Its just that the developers did not test them out properly. I used to have an insane time controlling the menus until i realized i have to stand straight when doing so. It is atrocious to get all achievements with the ingame controls yanking you off the the right when you try a left or pulling left when you are going straight ;0

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