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Heavy Iron Studios
October 27, 2004

SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie

We managed to get a bit of hands-on time with the latest build of SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie at THQ’s Beverly Hills Gamer’s Day. In fact, we really didn’t get “a bit” of time. While things were wrapping up, they actually told us that we had to go home. Home? What’s that? If we’re playing the new SpongeBob Squarepants game, there is no such thing as home. In all honesty, though, we played it and it looks great, plays beautifully, and still holds that humorous SpongeBob tone that we all know and love. A few of the levels we spent some quality time with ranged from standard platforming adventures to intense beat-em-up challenges. We walked away with a good feel of what the game may present once it’s ready to have its go at the retail shelves later this year when the film releases in November. Is it better than Battle for Bikini Bottom? Read on.



The first level we tried out put us in the wheel of a patty wagon, a sort of vehicle made out of a giant crabby patty, the trademark fast food burger of the series. Driving vehicles like these in platforming titles definitely helps the game feel a lot more immersive, so we were thrilled to drive around, collect nitro boosts and smash crates as much as our little hearts desired. Controlling the patty wagon is a relatively easy affair, although the over-the-top animations may show otherwise. Steering tilts the wheels off the ground a little bit and getting some air lifts the vehicle off of the ground and opens up so you can see each individual lair, including SpongeBob and Patrick. Once we crossed the finish-line after a long drive down the road, we found ourselves in our first boss fight against a giant fish, tongue, ice cream vender thing. The mechanics are relatively easy to figure out and follows the general stand-point of the other boss battles in games like Battle for Bikini Bottom. Simply find the right pattern and method, and then you’ll be good to go.

Afterwards, they showed us the fire level. You know the one. Every platformer has a fire level and it is regarded with as much, if not more than the water level. Technically, each area in SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie is a water level, but we can set that aside for now. In any case, we controlled Patrick through a series of platforming jumps and combat maneuvers until we found a Port-o-Head, where you can switch to controlling SpongeBob. We soon found a nifty challenge arena where you can go head-to-heads with several enemy creatures. Using cool new combat moves, Spongebob shredded the competition and was awarded with a token. Some tokens allow you to upgrade either SpongeBob or Patrick’s abilities such as Health, Power, and other special moves. It’s a very cool concept that helps make the game even that more in-depth.

Visually, the game looks stunning. The in-game models, the original design, the environments, they all exude detail and character. Everything runs along at a smooth 60 frames per second and that hardly slows down at all. Judging from the fact that this is still an early preview build, it’s amazing to say the least. We can expect several cut-scenes taken from the film as well as a ton of unlockable content such as behind the scenes footage, new character skins, concept art and clips from the movie. All of the film’s voice actors are present including SpongeBob and Patrick as well as bigger name stars like Scarlett Johansson. The sound effects and musical stylings are all put together nicely and really nail down the vibe we felt when playing this game.

word on the street

Hilarious. SpongeBob has achieved a massive amount of fans, it’s not even funny. Ironically, it is. The scale of fans that SpongeBob has is amazingly diverse, ranging from little kids to college students, to full-grown men and women. He’s everywhere these days and the world of video games certainly won’t hold him back. Especially considering that there’s a movie coming out with him as the top billing. How is that not an opportunity to release another title based on the popular series? Fans will eat it up. Anyone who isn’t a fan of the series is simply ignoring the popular status of the pop culture icon.

press release notes

  • Play as SpongeBob or Patrick working together to save Mr. Krabs and all of Bikini Bottom – each with their own set of unique maneuvers.
  • Interact with all your favorite characters from the movie including authentic voices and special cameo appearances.
  • Earn "manliness" points to get the coolest power-ups ever like the "CartWheel Attack", "Electric Guided Sonic Wave Guitar" and the "Macho Bash!"
  • Hop in the "Patty Wagon" with SpongeBob and Patrick for a whole new driving experience 6 huge 3D environments to explore all inspired by the movie including bonus levels and rewards!


Things are coming along great with SpongeBob Squarepants: The Movie. Now we’re just as excited to play the full version of the game as we are to see the film itself. With the improvements we’ve seen so far, we can hardly take this as simply an average “film-licensed” title. This game builds upon everything that Heavy Iron Studios set up with Battle of Bikini Bottom, and even that built heavily upon Flying Dutchman. There’s no where else to go but up, we suppose. Expect to see this game in late October and check back with us for a full, in-depth review.

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