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Worthplaying Review: Nicktoons: Attack Of The Toybots

When it comes to kids' franchises, THQ really seems to know how to milk the Nicktoons cow, with games ranging from SpongeBob Squarepants to the Fairly Oddparents, Danny Phantom, El Tigre, and so on. It shouldn't be too surprising to see a title that features the whole lot of them, Nicktoons: Attack of the Toybots. It's not the first game to do this, but while it's obviously a simple cash-in, Attack of the Toybots isn't entirely without merit.

At the heart of the game is platforming, which has you using popular characters from the Nicktoons stable. You start off with head honcho SpongeBob, lead into the somewhat-newer Tak (yes, that Tak), go with Danny Phantom, and so on. The plot features a robot invasion that our heroes have to face off against, and the gameplay is spread out across the various "worlds" that these different characters inhabit.

The Toybots are being led by a villain, the aptly named Dr. Calamitous, who plans on going the often-used and never-aging route of complete world domination, by using his evil genius to unleash a horde of robots among an unprepared populace of Nicktoons denizens. A few of the heroes fall prey to the takeover, and they get replaced with robotic versions of themselves, but a few heroes also manage to escape, and these are the guys you get to control throughout the game.

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