SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series) Review

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Posted: 13 months ago, last updated 4 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.

You collect items and defeat the robots, while crossing platforms and avoiding environmental hazards like spikes and flames. You need specific characters to beat some areas. You can play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy.

It gained a cult following, with a large speed-running community which led to a rerelease as SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated in 2020 on Switch, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

There are lots of different SpongeBob games available, although these have not stood the test of time so well:
  • Legend of the Lost Spatula (2001) on Gameboy Colour
  • Operation Krabby Patty (2001) on PC
  • SuperSponge (2001) on Gameboy Advance and PlayStation
  • Employee of the Month (2002) on PC
  • Revenge of the Flying Dutchman (2002) on GameCube, PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advanced
  • Battle for Bikini Bottom (2003) on PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, PC and Gameboy Advanced
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) on PC, Gameboy Advanced, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, iOS and Mac
  • Lights, Camera, Pants (2005) on Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Gameboy advanced and PC
  • The Yellow Avenger (2005) on Nintendo DS and PlayStation Portable
  • Creature from the Krusty Krab (2006) on PlayStation 2, Gameboy Advanced, Nintendo DS, GameCube, Wii and PC
  • Atlantis Square Pantis (2007) on Wii, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Gameboy Advanced
  • Underpants Slam (2007) on Xbox 360
  • SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom (2008) on Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and Wii
  • Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition (2008) on Nintendo DS
  • The Big One: Beach Party Cook-Off (2009) on Nintendo DS
  • Truth or Square (video game) (2009) on Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360
  • Truth or Square (arcade game) (2009) on PC
  • Boating Bash (2010) on Wii and Nintendo DS
  • SpongeBob SquigglePants (2011) on Wii and Nintendo 3DS
  • SpongeBob's Surf & Skate Roadtrip (2011) on Nintendo DS and Xbox 360
  • SpongeBob Moves In! (2013) on iOS Android
  • Plankton's Robotic Revenge (2013) on Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
  • SpongeBob HeroPants (2015) on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360
  • Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated (2020) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 31/10/2003, updated in 2020

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PS2, PS4, Switch, Xbox and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @Purple_Lamp

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 11 hours and 16 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. The new SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Hydrated version has these multiplayer modes.

CostsCosts

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom usually costs £24.99.
 

Spongebob Squarepants: Battle For Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated

Xbox One £24.99
PS4 £24.99
Switch £24.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.  

You will need Nintendo Online (must be 18 to purchase, but can be any age to use) to play online with Nintendo Switch.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.
 
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 with fear and violence.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with comic mischief and cartoon violence.


Skill Rating: This game is enjoyed by 8-12 year-olds as it's a good match for their ability and maturity.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.



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