Who doesn’t love cartoons? And when it comes to characters like SpongeBob SquarePants, even many of the macho ones among us have a soft corner in our hearts for the adventures of the adorably funny sponge and its gang. And then there’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – a show I remember growing up following with such religious dedication that no amount of homework or parents’ threats for exam prep would make me miss an episode. To ensure that you get your daily dose of SpongeBob, TMNT, The Fairly OddParents and more, Nickelodeon has released its fun-filled Android app on Google Play. So, let’s dig in and see what it has to offer the kids out there, as well as those inside us adults.
With its trademark orange theme, the app looks as Nick as Nick can be. Upon launch, you’re presented with a horizontally scrollable list of several featured videos, episodes and games.
Tapping on any item from this main grid opens it directly. Videos start playing instantly in the built-in video player offering the basic controls you’d expect, and don’t require any external player for the purpose.
Similarly, tapping any game from the list launches it and after the loading time that may vary depending on your internet speed, you’re ready to start playing. These short games can be quite addictive for both kids and adults alike; I myself ended up wasting several hours on them during my testing.
The content on the main grid not enough for you? Just tap the hanging ‘nick’ logo on the left, and you’ll be able to select any show of your choice to view all the available content for it, or navigate to dedicated sections for full-length episodes, videos and games.
Full episodes for several shows are available, though access is limited to just a few episodes by default, and you have to sign in with your TV subscription’s credentials to unlock access to more, which you can do from the app’s settings.
Don’t have a subscription? You can still watch a lot of free, fun videos ranging from clips to mashups between different popular Nick characters and much more.
The Games section has got to be the most fun part of the app. These small, bite-sized casual games let you play as your favorite characters as they jump from rooftop to rooftop, or from jellyfish to jellyfish. Do make sure that you have a decent connection though, otherwise many games will get stuck in loading
In the app’s settings, you can set to download content on WiFi connections only in order to save up on your mobile data usage, log in with your TV subscription’s credentials to unlock access to full episodes, and contact the developers regarding closed captioning support.
Nickelodeon has done a great job with the Nick app that looks and works just as a cartoon channel’s app should – it’s fun, engaging, and packed with lots of content. The only issue I’ve faced was games getting stuck frequently during loading, but that probably had more to do with my bad data connection.
So, what are you waiting for? Go grab the free app right away, and start having some fun!