Here's a brand crossover that I'd never imagined: Lima Sky's cult iOS hit Doodle Jump has just launched a new crossover game with Nickelodeon's long-running cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. The new game, cleverly titled Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants [$1.99], features the same tilt-based vertical jumping that made the original Doodle Jump such a sensation. However, as easy as it would have been to just slap SpongeBob into Doodle Jump and call it a day, that's not what they've done here. Instead of the normal endless high-scoring affair, the game is broken down into more than 40 increasingly challenging levels. If you beat all of those levels you can unlock an endless mode, or just unlock it early by using the in-game currency.

And that sort of brings me to the not-so-great part about Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants. It's a paid game, clocking in at $3.99, but it also has many of the type of stuff you'd expect from a free to play game like in-game currency and consumable power-ups. You collect the in-game coins from playing, though at a pretty slow rate, and then can use them to purchase power-ups, upgrade the effectiveness of those power-ups, or unlock additional costumes for SpongeBob Doodler. If you want to speed up the coin collecting process a coin doubler is available as well–for $4.99, a dollar more than the game itself costs.

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It's unfortunate because Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants is a pretty decent licensed game, but I'm sure the attitude towards its pay model will not be well-received. If you're a fan of both Doodle Jump and SpongeBob and don't mind dropping a few bucks for the experience, then give Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants a whirl and be sure to leave your thoughts in the forum thread.

  • lll Anubis lll

    It's premium with iap? That should please both premium and freemium fans right?

    • BlueFalcN

      I don't think "freemium fans" exist

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      • Holcman

        Apparently the majority of iOS "gamers" are freemium fans based on demographics, so yeah. The only reason they would be fans is the fact that they can play it, even without the full experience, without paying anything. It tricks them into thinking it's free, though it's really not.

      • Stormourner

        of course they do exist like Clash of Clans fans, Puzzle & Dragons fans, MinoMonsters fans and find the rest by yourself

      • rewind

        Well I am a huge freemium fan. I think it's a great system that gets a large audience playing while simply offering options to speed up progress. The thing I'm not a fan of, however, is freemium elements in a paid game. But that's something that Nickelodeon is known for, and it's just dumb.

      • lll Anubis lll

        Witch! Witch! Burn the witch!

        I'm just kidding, I'm glad you enjoy freemium games.

    • Stormourner

      do I really care about IAPs? nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnope!!!!

  • hourglass

    I like Spongebob, and Doodle Jump, but I'm not going to drop any more than .99 on a game like this.

    • dariusjr98

      And then the same people want to complain about IAPs and freemium. You all fail to see that you're actually part of the problem, a problem at this point that will NEVER be fixed, so always bringing it up is pointless in the first place.

      • Stormourner

        sadly some people are mentally ill because of IAPs

      • nini

        On both sides but the anti-IAP, "pay $15 or you're cheap and killing the industry" types are far louder.

      • hourglass

        Have I stated anything to that effect?

  • HelperMonkey

    Very hip. Nothing says "5 years ago" like these two properties.

  • Brown Cow

    Weird decision not to make the main character simply look like Spongebob. What's with the strange Dr. Moreau face?

  • boychik0830

    too much money for a simple game

    • dariusjr98

      Read my comment above.

  • Ponycakes

    Not called "DoodleBob JumpPants", don't care.

  • dariusjr98

    That article title is funny.

  • spokentruths772

    Would've been great if it was just an update to the original game I would've gladly paid .99 for it

  • NOEN

    So far I'm digging the game. Yea, it's a little pricey for a Doodle Jump game, but so far it's pretty cool. As far as the IAPs go, I haven't felt the need for them......well, YET at least.

  • GamerGuy

    Did they really have to explain what DoodleJump SpongeBob SquarePants was in the headline?

  • henrycupcake

    Weird decision not to make the main character simply look like Spongebob. What's with the strange Dr. Moreau face?