Spongebob Squarepants, as most of you with kids will know, is a popular tv show that has had a lot of merchandise around it due to the characters popularity. There's been jigsaws, cuddly toys, stickers and now they have a Spongebob Top Trumps Card set. Top Trumps have been famous for a couple of years, however this set has another extra of having the ability to turn into 3D.
The Spongebob card set, although it has the additional 3D, it still is the same price as normal ones at £3. I think the cards are definitely worth this price as they are a Top Trumps brand which means they are always of good quality. There is no age rating to the game, as long as the users have a basic reading skill for the statistics, it's easy to play along the game. I'd say it's for those around 3 plus.
The game is pretty simple to play, and my sister has played with up to 3 of her friends using the cards. You hand out cards to each player, making sure each has an equal amount of cards, and then each player picks a statistic on the card and challenges another using it. Then, if that card is the best out of all of them, you get it however if their cards are better, they get yours. This happens throughout the game until a player has all of the others cards.
The cards come in a plastic case in the colour yellow, with the cards in a transparent window which unhinges and lets you take cards out. It is a pretty strong container as it has been in my sisters bags which get thrown around quite a lot, and it hasn't broken or stopped working as well as it did when she first got it.
The cards themselves are of good quality, as like the case, they haven't had any damage happen to them since we got them. None of the cards have ripped or become dog eared over the time that we've owned them. In the entire pack, there are 30 Spongebob cards which are made of glossy card which don't bend easily so they don't become damaged.
The 3D feature on them is a bit odd and it seems a bit pointless to me, as it isn't exactly on the cards themselves. Instead you have to download software from the Top Trump website and then scan the cards into it using the symbols on the back. It really is a lot of effort when only 4 of the cards have the feature to do a very tiny and repetitve quiz and only 10 of them actually have the scanning feature at the back. I wasn't really impressed with the 3D and my sister ignored this fact pretty much and tried it once then never bothered and just used it for normal Top Trump playing.
The cards themselves are well designed, as they are quite bright and look exactly like the characters are shown in the television show. Statistics this time are centred around Spongebob and his world including silliness, devious depths, super strength, friendship and adventure. There are all the normal Spongebob characters included. Below is a list of all 22 characters and those with the 3D ability:
-Patchy The Pirate
-Gary The Snail
-Jack Kahuna Laguna
-Larry The Lobster
-The Dirty Bubble
-Flats The Flounder
I find that this game is good for whatever amount of time you have, as you can play it when you've got just a few minutes to spare of if your on really long car journeys. It's also good for whatever players there are available, as you can seperate the cards into at least 5 groups. It can take up a lot of time and I know my sister and her friends often play them as a playground game.
Overall, I think this game is great as a normal top trumps as it has all the normal charm of the Spongebob series, however the 3D really is a bit pointless, so if your thinking about buying it just for that, I'd say it's not worth it.