SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (Series) Review

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Author: Andy 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

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Xbox One.

Genres: Action and Platform.

 

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

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. 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.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 with fear and violence.

ESRB EVERYONE 10+ with comic mischief and cartoon violence.

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.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Subtitles

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Any spoken content has subtitles: All spoken content has subtitles, or there is no speech in the game.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

Some Dialogue is Voiced: Some of the game dialogue and narrative is voice acted.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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