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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

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"As long as these Pants are Square, and this Sponge is Bob, I will not let Bikini Bottom down!"
Genre: Platform
Action
Adventure
Platforms: Original
Game Boy Advance
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo GameCube
PlayStation 2
Xbox
Rehydrated
Microsoft Windows
Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Stadia
Android
iOS
Release Date: Original
NA: October 31, 2003
EU: November 28, 2003
AU: 2003 (PS2)

Walmart and Target early releases of Rehydrated
NA: June 18, 2020
Rehydrated
WW: June 23, 2020
WW: December 8, 2020 (Stadia)

WW: January 21, 2021 (Android/iOS)
Developer: Heavy Iron Studios (original)
AWE Games (original; PC)
Vicarious Visions (original; GBA)
Purple Lamp Studios (Rehydrated)
HandyGames (Rehydrated; Android/iOS)
Publisher: THQ (original)
THQ Nordic (Rehydrated)
HandyGames (Rehydrated; Android/iOS)
Made in: United States
Austria
Germany
Franchise: SpongeBob SquarePants
Previous Game: SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman
Next Game: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie


"Welcome my perfectly obedient robot army. Hang on. I want to get a photo for my scrapbook... Hey. Hello? What do you think you're doing?!"

Sheldon J. Plankton

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a platform video game based on the SpongeBob SquarePants television series developed by Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ. It was released in October 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Xbox and Game Boy Advance.

All versions of the game feature an original storyline, in which the player attempts to defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots created by Plankton with a machine called the Duplicatotron 3000, playing as SpongeBob in all versions, as well as Patrick and Sandy in the console versions. The series' voice actors reprise their roles, with the exceptions of Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs and Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man, with both roles instead being voiced by Joe Whyte. The game was released on October 31, 2003, in North America and in Europe on November 28, 2003.

A remake of Heavy Iron Studios' version, titled SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, was released on June 23, 2020 for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One. The remake was developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic. The Stadia version was released on December 8, 2020, while iOS and Android versions of Rehydrated were released on January 21, 2021, ported by HandyGames.

Plot

Original

Inside the Chum Bucket, Plankton comes up with another plan to steal the Krabby Patty formula from the Krusty Krab. He builds a machine called the Duplicatotron 3000 and uses it to create an army of robots, which he plans to use to destroy the Krusty Krab and succeed in his long-time goal. Although the plan goes smoothly at first, the robots start to rebel against Plankton, at which point Plankton realizes his fatal error: he forgot to set the "Obey Plankton" switch to "Obey." As a result, the robots lock Plankton out of the Chum Bucket and start to go on a rampage to destroy Bikini Bottom.

Meanwhile, in SpongeBob's house, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star play with their toy robots to pass the time. SpongeBob wishes for robot friends to play with, and the next morning, he finds Bikini Bottom under attack by an army of robots. Believing that the rampage is his own fault due to his "wish," SpongeBob sets out to clean up his mess and help his friends, including Plankton, without realizing that Plankton caused the invasion.

SpongeBob receives a fax from Mr. Krabs, stating that he would give SpongeBob a Golden Spatula for every certain amount of Shiny Objects he collects for him. Shiny Objects must be collected to open or activate various tolls throughout the game. Outside, SpongeBob finds a disappointed Plankton, who lies and claims that the robots appeared suddenly and kicked him out. Plankton convinces Spongebob to help him back into the Chum Bucket by embarking on a perilous quest to find golden spatulas and get rid of the robots, secretly intending to regain control of them once back inside.

Every area in the game has a unique set of missions to collect Golden Spatulas including a main overarching mission. SpongeBob travels to Jellyfish Fields, where he finds that Squidward has been stung by jellyfish and travels to defeat King Jellyfish in a battle and obtains some of his jelly for Squidward's stings. SpongeBob also helps Mrs. Puff by locating stolen steering wheels in Downtown Bikini Bottom, stolen paintings in Rock Bottom, and missing students in the Kelp Forest. King Neptune calls SpongeBob and Patrick to the Poseidome to defeat Robot Sandy. He then goes to the Mermalair, where he fights Prawn, one of Mermaid Man's archenemies. He also helps Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy several other times throughout the game, as well as Larry the Lobster, his pet snail Gary and the Flying Dutchman, in other areas like Goo Lagoon, Sand Mountain, and the Dutchman's Graveyard, where Sandy beats the Dutchman in a fight. Later, SpongeBob and Sandy save Squidward from Robot Patrick.

SpongeBob then falls asleep, allowing him to enter his friends' dream worlds to search for more golden spatulas. After Plankton, SpongeBob and his friends finally gain access to the Chum Bucket, they discover the gigantic Robot SpongeBob and learn that Plankton was responsible for making the robots. Plankton sets the switch on the Duplicatotron to "Obey" (by placing an Obey sign over the don't obey setting), only to find out Robot Plankton has been controlling the robots instead. Robot Plankton tells SpongeBob he has interfered in his plans for the last time and tells him “SpongeBob, meet SpongeBot”. SpongeBob attempts to disable Robot SpongeBob's brain from the inside while fending off frequent attacks from Robot Plankton. Upon succeeding, SpongeBob hopes that Plankton learned his "lesson". The Duplicatotron produces several more Robot Planktons, which begin arguing among themselves. SpongeBob states that their work is not done, as there are still many robots running amok in the city.

The game then cuts to The Spongeball Arena, where the player rolls around in ball form in a large arena, while the credits roll on the screen. If the player collects all 100 golden spatulas, the game ends by showing the special cutscene of all the game's characters singing the theme song.

Rehydrated

The game follows the same plot as the original. THQ Nordic's announcement featured the following overview: "Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots? Of course, you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn’t you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!"

Gameplay

Home console version

The core gameplay involves collecting items and defeating the robots which have attacked various areas in Bikini Bottom, while crossing platforms and avoiding environmental hazards like spikes and flames. Some areas require different characters to beat, as each character has their own unique abilities. The player can control SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy. Switching characters in console versions require the player to find a Bus Stop, upon using which the current character will switch to another, and using it again will switch back to the previous character, giving the player an option of two characters in each level. The default character throughout the game is SpongeBob; Sandy and Patrick do not share any levels as playable characters.

The game is a 3D platform game, requiring players to collect three main types of items. 'Shiny Objects' are the game's currency and can be used to pay tolls within game areas or to buy golden spatulas from Mr. Krabs. 'Golden Spatulas' are used to grant access to new areas, being hidden throughout the game and can also be earned by completing tasks set by Squidward Tentacles and several other characters from the cartoon. Patrick's 'Socks' are also spread throughout the game and he will reward SpongeBob with a Golden Spatula in exchange for 10 of his socks. SpongeBob can also blow bubbles to form different shapes as special attacks/moves which can be used to advance further in the game, and can learn two new bubble moves from Bubble Buddy as the game progresses.

Props are also included in the game. Trampolines help the player bounce to further ledges or platforms, buttons activate certain things throughout the game, and pressure pads are like buttons; however, the effects of it are only active while the player stands on the pressure pad, or there is another object placed on top. Once whatever is holding down the pressure pad is removed, the effects of it are undone. There are also character specific abilities, such as Sandy being able to swing from Texas hooks, SpongeBob being able to dive downward on a bungee hook, and Patrick's ability to pick up and throw melons called "Throw Fruits" and ice cubes called "Freeze Fruits". Though some areas can be navigated by any character, several sections can only be completed with a specific character, due to each one having unique abilities. SpongeBob can create a bubble helmet for head-butting enemies. Patrick can throw objects at buttons, robots, and pressure pads, and can throw "Freeze Fruits" into bodies of Goo to freeze them. Finally, Sandy can glide over large gaps and destroy enemies and objects with her lasso.

Windows version

The Windows version features a series of mini-games and greatly differs from the console versions. In the game, SpongeBob's friends have been captured, and to free them, the player must play multiple games while collecting objects, including a game show-style trivia game where he must score 500 points to free the character from the cage. The player then takes control of the freed character in a game where the character locates more objects and battles the robots. Once all items are collected (money, magic shop items, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's gadgets, SpongeBob's dressing clothes, and various pieces of a machine), SpongeBob must return the items to their rightful owners.

Game Boy Advance version

Gameplay for the GBA version is much different as well, as it is a 2D platform game. Rather than being non-linear, like the home console versions, the GBA version is level-based, although still visiting most of the locations from the home console versions. Combat is much more limited, done through blowing bubbles onto enemies to turn robots off or back on; robots cannot be permanently destroyed, as replacements will appear through a portal in their starting positions, so enemies are used to solve platforming challenges. SpongeBob can ride a seahorse named "Mystery" in certain levels. Like other GBA games of its era, it uses a password system rather than saves.

Rehydrated

The core gameplay involves collecting items and defeating the robots which have attacked various areas in Bikini Bottom, while crossing platforms and avoiding environmental hazards like spikes and flames. Some areas require different characters to beat, as each character has their own unique abilities. The player can control SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy. Switching characters requires the player to find a Bus Stop, upon using which the current character will switch to another, and using it again will switch back to the previous character, giving the player an option of two characters in each level. The default character throughout the game is SpongeBob; Sandy and Patrick do not share any levels as playable characters.

Throughout the game, the player will collect Shiny Objects, Socks, and Golden Spatulas. Shiny Objects are dropped by enemies and scattered throughout levels, and can be used to pay clams to progress through levels and unlock extra challenges. They can also be traded with Mr. Krabs for Golden Spatulas. Socks are placed in levels in harder to reach locations, and 10 of them can be traded to Patrick for a Golden Spatula. Golden Spatulas are used to unlock new areas in the game, and 75 of them are required to fight the final boss.

A new addition to the remake is a multiplayer horde mode in which two players face waves of robotic enemies. The mode includes cut content from the original game, including a fight against a robotic Squidward, a scrapped version of Patrick's dream, and a cut phase of the Robo-SpongeBob fight.

Why It Rocks

Generally

A 2003 print ad, used in the December 2003 issue of GamePro.
  1. Humorous dialogue and great voice-acting for most of the time (the exceptions would be Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man's voice actor, Joe Whyte, since he don't sound like their original actors, Clancy Brown and Ernest Borgnine, respectively).
  2. The imagination box in "The Secret Box" is also helpful when teleporting to places.
  3. SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy are all playable characters in the game and none of them disappoint at all.
    • SpongeBob is a basic character at first but later on, he gets upgraded to the point where you can do more stuff with him. (EX, bubble bowling, jump really high and bubble bullets.)
    • Patrick Star's character can carry a lot of stuff around such as the tikis and the watermelon.
      • Although Patrick is the least awesome out of all them since there's not really a lot you can do with Patrick comparing with SpongeBob and Sandy, that doesn't mean he's useless as SpongeBob nor Sandy can't carry stuff comparing to Patrick.
    • When you play as Sandy Cheeks, you can easily fly around with a lasso and make some of the hardest robots in the game feel easier.
  4. The Xbox version is the most notable for having lighter graphics, the screen freezes when you enter or exit an area, shiny objects and robots are shinier, etc.
  5. The realistic fish Head announces all of the boss battles which can be funny while the players might end up stressed.
    • On a side note, he is referred to as Johnny in this game.
  6. Introduces new characters such as prawn and the robots.
  7. Decent and high quality graphics both the original game and afterwards the rehydrated version of it, yes the graphics did improve in the rehydrated version of the game but they're still good in both the original game and the remake meaning they never disappoint at all.
  8. Clean art-style which fits the tone of SpongeBob perfectly.
  9. Each level gives the game a new enemy which makes the game more fresh.
  10. The dream level in the game is one of the best levels in the game, since unlike the other levels this is random for a number of reasons which inculdes the ball to get the golden spatula, Patrick giving you a free spatula, a dream based on Sandy herself with the sliding rink., a musical parkour in Squidward's dream and more parkour on the outside, and a part where you fight random robots in Mr. Krab's dream. Sure, some of them are in the other levels too but thanks to the variety this level has, it makes it a very special level in the game.
  11. Speaking of SpongeBob's upgrade in WIR#3, they can end up being pretty helpful when destroying some enemies or tikis when coming to some of the newer levels.
  12. Even Mr. Krabs himself (despite having the wrong voice in this game) is more likable in the game comparing to the show as he gives SpongeBob free spatulas whenever he sell some shiny objects.
  13. Just like Super Mario Bros. you can actually skip worlds in the game and go to other worlds instead.
  14. The music in the game are pretty nice and a neat touch to the game as well.
  15. Even smacking random characters in the game can be funny to have as well, sure you're not supposed to do that in the game but it's still a funny touch.
  16. The robot SpongeBob boss in the finale level has a challenge to it and made it fair for both teams since it gets harder and harder and thanks to robot Plankton siding with him giving the boss more of a fun challenge.
  17. Good soundtracks from the game [1] which fits the game perfectly for being a SpongeBob game.
    • Some of them are also soundtracks from the show and edited a little bit.
  18. A good number of screenshots from the original show like the picture of SpongeBob riding of mystery and Squidward's art being in the museum.
  19. When you reach to a certain place in the game, there are checkpoints which is helpful for those who died during the stage and they have to redo everything in the game.
  20. A lot of quotes in the game also has a nice take on to the original show such as "Great Barrier Reef".
  21. Lots of funny moments in the cut-scenes like Plankton sticking the "obey" tape in "don't obey" and Sandy saying "Did he just said married"?
  22. It's funny when collecting SpongeBob's underwear as hearts even because it spawned some funny quotes when either SpongeBob, Patrick or Sandy collects them (EX, "I feel like a new sponge." -SpongeBob, "Ew, can't believe I'm wearing SpongeBob's underwear." -Sandy, etc).
  23. Back to WIR#10, aside from the dream level, there's still a lot of stages in this game that has their own charm to it. Sure, they might not have that much good qualities comparing to the one the dream level has but it's still worth talking.
    • The Bikini Bottom level started off to be a basic level with nothing to talk about that much but later on, once you get more golden spatulas to unlock the robot Sandy boss fight, it expands later on.
    • Jellyfish Field isn't really that much to talk about since it's sorta a basic level. However, the level has a lot of jellyfishes and tikis. With an addition, this level actually helps you unlock playing as Patrick.
    • Downtown Bikini Bottom introduces Mrs. Puff into the game with her goal to find all the wheels the robots stolen.
    • Rock Bottom introduces the sleeping robot to the game with a nice task you can do as Sandy which is when you fly above and then destroy all the laser guns in that level.
    • The Goo Lagoon level, while not really that much to say about this, it introduces the sand mountain slides with the time limit with Larry's slide being the hardest one out of all of them.
    • The Mermalair has a good number of parkours and challenges in it especially the boss fight at the end of that level.
    • The Kelp Forest level has the fire robots in the game and in that chapter, you have to find all the campers and all of Barnacle Boy's crystals as a task.
    • In the Chum Bucket lab, that's the finale of the series where you get to fight a SpongeBob robot (as mentioned in WIR#16) and once you finished the boss fight, you have to go inside of the robot, chase robot Plankton, attack him and then destroy the robot to win.
  24. After you get a golden spatula in certain places in levels, the place in the level where you get the olden spatula will turn from silver to gold.
  25. While you can only play as SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy (as mentioned above), the other SpongeBob characters still made an appearance in the game and can help you get golden spatulas in your adventure such as Mr. Krabs (as mentioned in WIR#13), Squidward being a scaredy cat in a funny way like when he's scared of a robot and Bubble Buddy giving SpongeBob more powerups along the way.
  26. The signs during the walkthrough in the game are a nice touch and in addition to that, they're helpful incase if you don't know the gameplay very well making the signs helpful for new players in the game.
  27. Back to the robot SpongeBob boss fight, you can actually see what's inside it in the eyes during the boss fight and see the inside completely once you defeated it.
  28. The fact SpongeBob slides with his tongue instead of a sled is clever.
  29. The Flying Dutchman being a villain during the story is a good portrayal of a villain with a fun boss fight like his laser eyes and then redeemed right after SpongeBob and Sandy made a tiny version of his ghost ship.
  30. The robot's eyes being green or red can also be helpful when it comes to thinking if they want to attack you or not in which, if the robot's eyes are green then they aren't attacking while if they have red eyes then that means they want to attack you.
  31. Aside from the boss fights, the game isn't too easy as there are some other challenges existing in this game, mostly notably the rolling ball room challenge in the Mermalair part.
  32. Tons of fun parkour sections of the game when you press buttons or any other way to unlock them.
  33. It's sequel, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie is just as good as this game as it follows the same steps as this game only it has a similar plot to the movie with the same name as well.
  34. The ending of the game is a really funny ending where you defeated Robot SpongeBob revealing that Robot Plankton was supposed to marry Robot SpongeBob the week after you defeated him and then the cloning machine makes more Robot Planktons to the point where they all argued with each other and then the episode ended with you playing as the SpongeBob ball collecting shiny objects.

Rehydrated

  1. While Rehydrated may not be 100% faithful to the source material of the original, it still retains the spirit of the original game.
  2. The colorful graphics is a nice step-up to the original, as it looks like something out of Splatoon.
    • Even the designs of the characters like SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy look amazing too.
  3. The game brings a lot of unused content that was never used, including:
    • The antagonistic robotic counterpart of Squidward Tentacles.
  4. It has a red circle to tell you where an enemy projectile will land.
  5. SpongeBob now has appropriate expressions for his dialogue when talking to an NPC.
  6. Unlike the original, there's finally subtitles in the cutscenes and gameplay, which weren't in the original.
  7. The new multiplayer mode is a nice touch to the game where you can play with other players and not by yourself. In other words, it's a nice touch to the game. Plus, you can even play as Squidward in the multiplayer mode.
  8. While it can be hard to see in the dark at the night time levels in the original game, the Rehydrated version doesn't suffer from that problem since it's bright enough to the point where you can see easier.
  9. The mobile version of the game is cheap with the low price of just 11 dollars.
  10. In one of the hard tasks in the game, you can actually get through that task easily with a simple cheat [2] which can help people continue the story a lot easier.
  11. Spawned a lot of meme references such as the "Shocked SpongeBob" and "Mocking SpongeBob" memes.
  12. It's the first SpongeBob SquarePants video game to bring many things such as:
    1. To be released through Steam;
    2. To be released for the PC since SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton in 2011;
    3. Where the PC, mobile and console versions are identical to each other
    4. To be developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic
    5. To be released for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia unless you include the crossover game Nickelodeon Kart Racers;
    6. To use Unreal Engine 4 as the game engine. Additionally, the tool named after the Robo-Patrick boss level, normally used to mod the original Battle for Bikini Bottom and Movie, was used to extract and remake assets using a max script found inside the archives, and the creator "igorseabra" was credited. [3]
    7. To be a remake of an older SpongeBob game.
    8. To have two special editions.
  13. It even comes with the new language mode so you can make it sound like the characters sound like they're speaking Japanese.
  14. Once you go further and further into the game, you get more health bubbles meaning you can used to have only 3 pair of underwear limit to a 5 underwear limit which is a nice touch.
  15. Similar to Sonic Mania, this game is perfect for the modding community. A user named "junior" once made a mod where SpongeBob, Patrick and Sandy are their robot counterparts. [4]
  16. You can do the glitch for an easier chance to get golden spatulas by disabling Hans the hand. All you have to do is to go to the Goo Lagoon and stand on the black rock. Right after you do that, attempt to jump to the sand and then once Hans gets you and you respawned, you'll see that you're floating so use this as an attempt to keep doing that and keep on doing it again and again until Hans eventually gets disabled.
  17. Once you finish the game, you can actually restart the entire thing by going to the main menu section of the game and then select "New game" in order to restart the game and the original game you completed can still be saved for future purposes.
  18. The video settings part of the game is also nice, you can change the game to lighter mode or darker mode which is a nice touch the rehydrated version offered us while in the original, you can't do that. Plus, you can even record the gameplay which is also a nice touch.
  19. They replaced the blue rock with sand in the slide which makes it more of a slide than in the previous game.

Bad Qualities

Original

  1. The flatline sound effect when you die is very disturbing and annoying, as it implies that the characters are presumably dead.
  2. Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man are both voiced by Joe Whyte instead of Clancy Brown (due to busy voicing in Jak 2) and Ernest Borgnine (presumably still voicing in the show) respectively , and his performance as both of them is very poor as he barely replicates their voices.
    • And even worse is that since Rehydrated uses archive audio from the actors, Joe Whyte's voice is now permanent.
  3. While good for its time, the graphics have not aged very well (low res textures and some clipping is very obvious). The GameCube version also suffers from slight framerate drops in some areas compared to the PS2 or Xbox versions.
  4. The last level of the game, SpongeBot SteelPants, has no checkpoints, which can be grating when you have to start the battle over when you lose all your lives (indicated by pairs of SpongeBob's underwear).
    • This was fixed in Rehydrated where the checkpoints are added.
  5. The PC version of the game is a minigame collection as opposed to an action-adventure platformer, and a pretty poor-quality one at that, fortunately, Rehydrated will make it the same as the console versions.
  6. The only thing you get for beating the game 100% (collecting all 100 Golden Spatulas in the game) is the main characters singing the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song, and there isn't one where every voice actor sings the song themselves, it's just the one in the main menu.
    • This was fixed in Rehydrated where it adds the theme song from the show.
  7. Because some robots get harder and harder in every level, they can be frustrating to kill sometimes.
  8. While the boss fights are fun, they can sometimes be too easy. (exception would be the SpongeBob robot boss fight)
  9. In the Game Boy Advance version, you can only play as SpongeBob and not Patrick nor Sandy. [5]

Rehydrated

  1. Grinding Shiny Objects is pretty harder now, as Hans that do not trigger loading screens don't respawn tikis or robots. (Thankfully the Goo Lagoon cruise bubble grind method works fine here)
  2. Health does not recover when you go to a different area (triggering a loading screen), and there's a loading screen each time you die.
  3. The Switch version is inconsistent with its frame rate because of the weaker hardware. This also makes no sense, because Burnout Paradise and Super Mario Odyssey both run on the same hardware, and they don't experience frame rate drops and keep a constant 60FPS.
  4. The difficulty, while okay, is toned down significantly from the original (even though it is justified since it's a kids' game). The only exception is Squidward's Dream, in which the difficulty is increased by 12%.
  5. The special editions are overpriced as the Shiny edition is $150 while the F.U.N edition is $300.
  6. False Advertising: The remake was confirmed to have all the levels, items, and bosses that were cut from the original game, but those are just used as scenery for the multiplayer mode, instead of just re-creating the way they originally were before being scrapped from the original version, although the files are still hidden in the game, just very unfinished. This was because Nickelodeon rushed the development of the game to coincide with the summer season specifically with the movie The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, but failed due to COVID-19. And that film was delayed to Paramount+.
    • Due to the game's development being rushed, most of the game was included in a 5.2 GB day one patch for the Switch version, and a 7 GB day one patch for the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Also, the characters have a lot of voice lines missing and there are many glitches including the infamous two-controller map glitch that could be used to skip to any boss battle or even beat the game with only one spatula, a feat not possible in the original game.

Reception

Original

The home console versions of Battle for Bikini Bottom received mixed or average reviews from critics, according to Metacritic. The game holds a 4.5 out of 5 from the Official PlayStation Magazine. IGN rated the game a 7.3 out of 10, praising the sound, graphical style, and gameplay, saying, "While its generic collect, jump, and kill mechanics, the variety and general SpongeBob zaniness keep things fresh." GMR magazine gave a review score of 8/10, they gave praise to the game’s camera system as being solid and adjustable and noting how the comic humor holds the standard platforming elements in place concluding “Like Bob himself, this game holds its water and is, in fact, remarkably fun.” The game has won numerous awards, including favorite video game at the 2004 Kids' Choice Awards, and entered the Player's Choice, Platinum Hits, and Greatest Hits for GameCube, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 respectively.

The Game Boy Advance version sold an estimated 710,000 copies,while the PlayStation 2 version sold an estimated 880,000. In 2006, Edge magazine ranked the Game Boy Advance version at number 34 on its list of "The Century's Top 50 Handheld Games", while placing the PlayStation 2 version at number 67 on its list of "The Top 100 Games of the 21st Century", both lists arranged by the number of copies sold.

Rehydrated

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated received "mixed or average reviews" according to Metacritic.

IGN gave the game 5/10, saying that it "sinks under its reverence to nostalgia" and wrote, "There are bright spots that remain fun almost two decades later, and there are pops of ingenuity in its reworking, but it does little to stand alongside the best, or even the pretty good, platformer remakes and remasters we've seen this generation." In its 2/10 review, GameSpot wrote that "remasters, ports, and remakes are nice because they make games more accessible to new audiences, and the ones that excel understand that some features from the game's era are antiquated and should be updated or removed. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated flops like a fish out of water when it comes to this." They concluded that the game "winds up being an unpleasant nostalgia trip that nobody should pack their bags for."

Sales

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated placed at 19 on NPD's list of top 20 sales in the month of June. In the UK, Rehydrated was the 3rd bestselling video game software in the week of June 27, 2020.

As of August 13, 2020, Rehydrated has sold over 1 million copies.

Game Tips

SpongeBob

  • Jump/Double Jump: Jump by pressing the jump button, or press it twice to double jump.
  • Bubble Spin: Spins while waving his bubble wand. This can hit enemies and objects in any direction.
  • Bubble Bash: Launches upwards with a bubble Viking helmet towards mid-air robots or tikis.
  • Bubble Bounce: While airborne, grows bubble feet and slams on top of enemies or tikis underneath.
  • Bubble Bowl: SpongeBob blows a bubble and throws it forward in the fashion of a bowling ball. The longer the player holds the button, the faster it will be. Unlocked after beating Robo-Sandy.
  • Cruise Bubble: SpongeBob launches a controllable bubble torpedo that destroys any robot(s) or tiki(s) that come in contact with it, including stone tikis. Unlocked after beating Robo-Patrick.
  • SpongeBall: The only power-up based move, SpongeBob transforms into a ball and can do nothing but roll around, but is much faster. Press the jump button to return to normal SpongeBob.
  • Sneak: SpongeBob can sneak around by moving slowly, sneaking past the Sleepy-Time robot, Shhh Tikis, and crossing fragile platforms.

Patrick

  • Jump/Double Jump: Jump by pressing the jump button, or press it twice to double jump.
  • Belly attack: Patrick throws out his belly, hitting robots and tikis directly in front of him with it.
  • Throw: Can pick up a Throw Fruit (watermelon), Freezy Fruit (actually a chunk of ice), tiki, or robot and throw it. In order to throw a robot, he needs to stun it with the body slam move.
  • Body slam: While in the air, Patrick can plummet directly downward to destroy things beneath him, sending out a small shock wave.

Sandy

  • Jump/Double Jump: Jump by pressing the jump button, or press it twice to double jump.
  • Karate: Does a chop while on the ground and a kick while in the air.
  • Lasso: Can use it to tie up and destroy a far-away robot or tiki.
  • Glide: After doing a double jump, Sandy can use her lasso as a helicopter to reach farther distances.
  • Texas Trailer Hitches: Can swing on mid-air, Texas-shaped hooks with her lasso to go even farther distances than with the glide.

Trivia

  • In the original Battle for Bikini Bottom, there's a trigger that makes SpongeBob runs faster, this is a possible reference to the cut power-up that's based on the smelly sundae from Something Smells.
  • During the idle animations in Rehydrated, SpongeBob, and Patrick do their surprised animations while SpongeBob has the Mocking SpongeBob idle animation.
  • The remake was the first SpongeBob related game to be released following the death of series creator Stephen Hillenburg.
  • According to an interview with Internet personality RidersDX, A THQ Nordic producer of the game said that Battle for Bikini Bottom will get a sequel if the remake is successful.
  • This game is so far, the most well-recieved SpongeBob game in existince, with the score of "10/10" in Steam, 8.4 on IMDb and is 97% liked by Google users for the original. As for the Rehydrated version of the game, it's shown to be less liked than the original although Google didn't have a "Liked by Google users" list for that. The Rehydrated version also has 7.5 on IMDb.
  • The bubble ball part has been a problem for a lot of users at first but then, a game reviewer named "Nathaniel Bandy" said that he recommend standing back a little bit to finish the bubble ball in his video called "How SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is Mind Blowing!".
  • The reason why Mermaid Man is voiced by Joe Whyte in the remake could make a little sense, since his voice-actor passed away in 2012 while the game came out in 2020. However, it's still a problem in the original and for Mr. Krabs' voice acting.
  • In Sandy's Dream, all the platforms the player can stand on, except the giant acorn, are shaped like Texas.
  • The Console Version was originaly sold for the MSRP price of $39.99 on GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2 upon release.
  • If the player goes into the Rock Bottom Museum for the first time as Sandy instead of SpongeBob, and completes the "Plundering Robots in the Museum" mission as that character, Barnacle Boy will not mention his son.
  • In the Kelp Forest level cutsence, the player see a fish fighing the Tubelet with his hat, this could refer to Kung Lao from the Mortal Kombat game series.
  • All versions of the original game are supported by some future devices through backwards compatibility:
    1. The PlayStation 2 version can be played on early PlayStation 3 units.
    2. The GameCube version can be played on various Wii units.
    3. The Xbox version can be played on all Xbox 360 units.
    4. The Game Boy Advance version can be played on all Nintendo DS and DS Lite units.
    5. The PC version can be played on any Windows device that can run older Windows programs.
  • This is the last SpongeBob video game released in 2003.
  • The robots from this game make a cameo in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game as garbage, meaning that SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy succeeded in defeating them all. This further drives the theory that The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game is a sequel to Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • Sometimes, during a fight SpongeBob makes a reference to the Terminator film series.
  • Squidward's house features several paintings. The painting on the easel is a cartoon-looking bowl of fruit, which is a reference to the painting from 1599 called Basket of Fruit. There is also a painting to the right of it that is a reference to the "Unsure Squidward" meme image.
  • On June 5, 2005 this video game and Breakin' Da Rules were released in a bundle called the Double Pack Volume 2.
  • There was a demo-movie for this game on the Mario game Mario Kart: Double Dash!! bonus disc.
  • When SpongeBob rolls the bubble bowling ball he says "Ahhh, There's noting like the smell of bubbles in the morning, smells like... victory." this line is a reference to the 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
  • One of Patrick's randomly said phrases while playing as him is "You broke my heart, now I'm going to break something of yours!" This is a reference to "Valentine's Day."
    • When SpongeBob and Sandy gets hit by Robo-Patrick, he bangs his stomach like a gorilla when Patrick beings his rampage.
  • In the poster of the remake of the game, Patrick and Sandy are actually in it and SpongeBob isn't wearing his helmet in the original poster of the game even though he also doesn't wear a helmet of the EU/AU version of it either.
  • The NA version of the game was released on Halloween of 2003.

Videos

Gameplay

Reviews

Original

Rehydrated

Various videos

Comments


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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 4
Got the Switch version last Saturday.
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SuperStreetKombat

one month ago
Score 3
I have this game on Switch, too, and I think it's a good version, though the textures and the jump button could have been better.
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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 0
Also, Streamline Studios ported it.
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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 0
And I had beaten the game.
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Mr. Dready

one month ago
Score 6
Unpopular opinion: even if I do enjoy the game, I prefer the movie game over this.
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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 1
I find the Movie game rather boring, it's just a reskin of this game but with some new assets, also unlike this one, the Movie game doesn't have a hub world.
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Code yellow

26 days ago
Score 0
you dare oppose me mortal?
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Code yellow

16 days ago
Score 2
i love this game and its rehydration! why did ign give this amazing game a 5/10? oh. apperalty, i have to be 10 years old to play this game cuz ign said so
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Stephenfisher2001

3 days ago
Score 2
This is one of my favorite Spongebob games to date. :)
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Code yellow

one day 10 hours 45 minutes ago
Score 0
ikr?
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DuchessTheSponge

3 days ago
Score 0
This is actually the 3rd biggest page on this wiki.
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TigerBlazer

2 days ago
Score 0
Now it's the second
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DuchessTheSponge

2 days ago
Score 0
Yea, I can't believe I managed to do that.
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TigerBlazer

2 days ago
Score 0
If you beat my Wing Commander page in length, I will respect you for all eternity more than I already do.
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TigerBlazer

2 days ago
Score 0
Really though, this is my favorite page on the wiki.
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DuchessTheSponge

2 days ago
Score 0
I don't know about that but congrats on making the biggest page on the wiki.
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AlvaroNovaes-BR

2 days ago
Score 0
Like in Dragon's Dogma, do you know any hidden object, something unused from the beta? like misplaced doors, strange/old renders from the LOD or hidden trees outside the boundaries?
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DuchessTheSponge

one day 11 hours 52 minutes ago
Score 0
Idk
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Code yellow

one day 10 hours 45 minutes ago
Score 0
THIS GAME IS GOLDY BUT The pc version...
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DuchessTheSponge

one day 9 hours 28 minutes ago
Score 0
Ikr
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TigerBlazer

one day 6 hours 48 minutes ago
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At least the old PC version doesn't matter anymore, now that Rehydrated is on PC.
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ThePCGamer

7 hours 26 minutes ago
Score 1
Oh my god, this page is growing up slowly.

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