SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom appeared on PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Xbox, Game Boy Advance and PC 17 years ago. The remake was officially announced at E3 2019 and caused a lot of joy among the fans, people were eagerly waiting for a release date while watching the trailers on YouTube again and again until the release date for June 23, 2020 was finally known in April. With the anticipation and the announced collector editions, the hype among fans increased. Can one of the most popular PS2 titles still hit the hearts of gamers today and become a hit?
Who or what is SpongeBob?
The figure SpongeBob Squarepants exist since 1999 and came from an animation series for children. SpongeBob SquarePants is a sponge that lives underwater in the sea, in a town called Bikini Bottom, he lives in a pineapple with its snail Gary. SpongeBobs best friends are Patrick the Starfish and Sandy the Texan Squirrel in a diving suit. And of course, in SpongeBob's fantasy, Squidward the squid, who is not only SpongeBob's neighbor, but also his colleague in the fast-food restaurant Krusty Krab. SpongeBob, Squidward and their boss Mr. Krabs have to protect the secret formula that contains the recipe of the Krabby burgers, which is constantly in danger, because the competition wants to have the glory for itself, including Plankton, chief of the Chum Bucket, that sneaky plans does everything possible to get his hands on the formula.
The SpongeBob 3D platform
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated is a 3D platformer, where the player has to run, jump, do opponent and smaller tasks in beautiful and funny 3D worlds according to the squarepants theme. There are also lots of collectibles that the player can collect, he will be rewarded with a golden spatula (SpongeBob need to collect them), for example when the player brings Patrick 10 socks back or exchanges glitter things with Mr. Krabs, which we get from opponents and other things collect after we destroy them.
The story in the game
As usual, Plankton wants to steal the formula and uses a hellish plan to ensure that there is chaos in Bikini Bottom. At the same time on the same evening, SpongeBob and Patrick finally want some real action, so they wish an army of robots to protect Bikini Bottom. As if Plankton had read the thoughts of the two, he is putting this plan into effect and has Bikini Bottom return home from evil robots that not only cause chaos but also annoy the poor residents.
Partially open worlds with many details
Anyone who knows the TV series knows how colorful Bikini Bottom can be, like in the original game 17 years ago, the worlds are much more colorful and glaring than ever. The lovingly designed 3D worlds abound with details, hidden paths and collectibles that the player can explore in a partially open world. For example, the world is separated with a red dashed line, when the player moves beyond it, the hand of Patchy the Pirate appears, who sings the theme music in the series and occasionally appears, pulls the player back to the checkpoint or one nearby place
And yes, fans of the series will immediately feel at home in the great world, so not only the city center of Bikini Bottom, but also the cemetery of the Flying Dutchman and the jellyfish fields, as well as all the well-known buildings and figures can be found in this Remastered.
Game characters and their skills
SpongeBob is lucky to have good friends like Patrick and Sandy, because without them he couldn't do his adventure. In the great 3D world there are passages that can only be done with Patrick or Sandy's help, so Sandy uses her Texan lasso as an ability to reach other places or to shimmy from gold bells to gold bells while Patrick uses his muscles to pick up and throw watermelons and other objects, he can also stack watermelons to reach higher places, which even SpongeBob can´t reach with his double jump oro hop from wall to wall.
Well-known characters who need help
In the game you will meet many characters from the funny cartoon series who need your help or just want to challenge yourself, such as Larry the muscular lobster, who asks you to beat his time in a slide ride or Mrs. Puff, who asks you to rescue the poor children who were looking for some fun out of boredom and put themselves in danger, but buddy bubble your loyal friend always has some tips and new skills ready.
New content and multiplayer
Since the game was completely re-created in the Unreal 4 Engine, snippets that did not exist in the original have now made it into the game, so players can now fight Robo-Squidward and explore the dream world of Patrick. The multiplayer mode can be played with zwo peoples, where the players have to defeat hordes of different robots until they finally have to fight Robo-Squidward in a boss fight.