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New Andamiro SpongeBob Soccer Stars Recreates Classic Play Action

Posted On: 1/4/2018

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GARDENA, CA -- New from Andamiro USA is SpongeBob Soccer Stars, the company's latest application of modern technology to classic arcade-game play.

Andamiro USA president of sales Drew Maniscalco explained that the new single-player game incorporates the same lever-driven ball launching system as is used in Andamiro's Baseball Pro series. The apparatus was inspired by the mechanical pitch-and-bat arcade games popular in the 1950s.

 SpongeBob Soccer Stars
"With Baseball Pro, it's the bat," Maniscalco reported. "In our soccer application, it's SpongeBob kicking the ball." He added that the baseball machines have proven their popularity and reliability over more than a year of service, and the company expects equally dependable performance from SpongeBob Soccer Stars.

Gameplay is simple, intuitive and designed to appeal to all ages. The player is invited to assume the role of SpongeBob, pulling the lever back and timing its release as the ball rolls down the delivery track.  

"With SpongeBob as the offensive kicker, or attacking player, it made sense for Andamiro's designers to put Squidward in the goal, and the ill-tempered Bikini Bottom inhabitant's six arms make for a great goalie," the Andamiro executive said.

The object of the game is to score as many goals as possible in a given time. Players who score 15 goals win the big bonus. A scoreboard displays goals, time and tickets won; a second display on the playfield keeps track of bonus data.

JUST FOR KICKS:  SpongeBob Soccer Stars incorporates the same lever-driven ball launching system that's used in Andamiro's Baseball Pro series.
SpongeBob Soccer measures 34" W. x 40.2" D. x 90.1" H. The game supports coin, banknote and swipe-card payment systems as well as ticket dispensers. Nickelodeon-approved voices complement the sound package, and the SpongeBob theme is carried through in the colorful cabinet design.

SpongeBob Soccer Stars is Andamiro's third amusement machine title adapted from the animated TV series "SpongeBob SquarePants," and the factory's fourth Nickelodeon license. As of 2015, the TV franchise has made $12 billion in merchandising revenue. Nickelodeon (or "Nick") is a basic cable and satellite television network owned by Viacom. Launched in 1977, its program content primarily is designed for kids. 

Andamiro USA Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Andamiro Entertainment, a Korean game manufacturer founded in 1992. Andamiro designs and produces ticket redemption amusements, prize merchandisers and sports games, along with the Pump It Up dance simulator line. Andamiro opened its U.S. office in 2000 in southern California. It has since brought to market dozens of high-earning arcade titles that operate in a wide variety of entertainment destinations. Despicable Me Jelly Lab, SpongeBob Pineapple Arcade, SpongeBob Order Up, Paw Patrol, NFLPA Super Star Football Coins, Baseball Pro and S Cube are among its games.