I recently bought an oldie but goodie, the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game for Nintendo GameCube.
The game is based on the real movie. The goal/objective is to retrieve King Neptune's crown from Shell City in Bikini Bottom. The crown was stolen by Plankton. When Neptune finds out, he freezes Mr. Krabs and therefore Plankton is able to sell krabby patties. So SpongeBob, with Patrick, has to set out to get the crown back, and they only have 6 days to get it!
Background: The Movie
With every krabby patty he sells, Plankton has the opportunity to give everyone in Bikini Bottom a bucket helmet, which turns them from good into his slaves. Can SpongeBob and Patrick retrieve the crown in time and unfreeze Mr. Krabs? Play the game and find out!
The easiest area is the first 2 levels. In the first level, you are in Bikini Bottom and based on the movie, you have to get to the Krusty Krab to put cheese on a customer's krabby patty. This takes place before Patrick is on Goofy Goober's level. But prior to SpongeBob learning he's not going to get the job. Everybody calls him a "knuckle-head-mc-spasatron". This is the point where SpongeBob finds out he didn't get the job because he's "just a kid".
Mr. Krabs told SpongeBob that he was not going to get the manager's job. Later SpongeBob and Patrick go to Goofy Goober's "thinking" that he's going to be a new manager of the Krusty Krab 2. SpongeBob meets Patrick there and tells him he didn't get the job. Patrick tells SpongeBob that ice cream makes him happier, and they spend the whole night eating ice cream. All of a sudden, SpongeBob passes out, he looks drunk. The scene cuts to the Krusty Krab the next day.
In the second level, you play as Patrick, who is at Goofy Goober's, an ice cream shop.
After the second level, we are at King Neptune's palace. Plankton steals his crown. Then we go to the Krusty Krab.
Neptune thinks that Krabs stole the crown from him. All of a sudden, a message on the answering machine (from a guy named Clay) states that Krabs stole the crown. SpongeBob comes in and rather than standing up for Mr. Krabs, he accuses him of not letting him be the manager. Then Neptune freezes Krabs and tells SpongeBob and Patrick that they have exactly 6 days to retrieve the stolen crown. They aren't too sure about it until Princess Mindy walks through the door and tells them they can do it.
They go through an elevator down to the Krusty Krab's garage. They notice the pattie wagon, a krabby pattie type car. They explode through the Krusty Krab walls in the pattie wagon and set off on their journey.
Eventually, (this is where the 3rd level takes place), they bypass a gas station with 2 employees telling them they'll never make it over the county line. This is the end of the 3rd level.
A thief asks them if he could borrow their car. They accept. The 4th level starts with them inside the thug tug.
They decide to have a bubble party in the bathroom. Then when somebody notices they blew a bubble, this was a distraction to get the car key back. The reason for the bathroom scene is that Patrick's distraction was that he had to go to the bathroom. Eventually SpongeBob grabs the key back.
(Not sure if the 5th level begins here or not)
As they head forward, there is a giant pile of skulls. SpongeBob and Patrick notice an ice cream shop nearby, with a friendly lady giving them ice cream. As it turns out, the lady is really a giant fish that wants to eat them. They manage to escape the giant fish but he eats their car.
This is as far as I've gotten in the video game. Now back to the movie ...
Meanwhile, Plankton has sent in a new enemy for SpongeBob and Patrick, Dennis the hit man, but SpongeBob and Patrick are one step ahead of the vicious murderer. Eventually Dennis gets into a part of Bikini Bottom which SpongeBob and Patrick just passed.
As Dennis' motorcycle crashed through the skull pile, an eerie-looking skull and crossbones appears out of the skulls. Meanwhile SpongeBob and Patrick are tired and without a vehicle, they must travel on foot. Mindy eventually catches up with SpongeBob and Patrick. They don't think they can continue to move forward.
Mindy shows them what has happened to Bikini Bottom since they left. Because Plankton rules it, it is now named Planktopolis. Mindy tells them that she has a secret. She puts seaweed on them like mustaches. They then break into a song and dance number called "Now that We're Men". At the end of this song, they jump off a huge cliff into a giant undersea trench deep in Bikini Bottom.
They go into a reprise of "Now that We're Men" as friendly monsters help them make it to the top of the next surface. After they leave, the monsters are disappointed and lonely. Meanwhile Dennis the hit man runs into SpongeBob and Patrick, ripping their seaweed mustaches off exclaiming "They're Fake"!
Eventually, they meet a new villain who they call Cyclops, but he's really a deep sea diver who manages to grab them. Cut to black.
Fast forward to when they wake up. They realize that although they've made it to Shell City, they are trapped under a giant lamp and can barely move. Then they notice that the fish around them are not moving!
They sing a weak reprise of the Goofy Goober theme song.
The movie then comes to a strange point where there is a movie within the movie, revealing a pirate and his friends who were at the beginning of the movie. They think the movie has really ended. But as it turns out, their parrot squawks "Look at the screen"! Then the pirate states "They're right, it's the tear of the Goofy Goobers". The tear goes into the electricity below which turns on the lamp, thus by entering the electrical outlet, the lamp shorts out and dies. Then the automatic sprinklers from above turn on and randomly bring the characters we know and love to life. They take the crown with them and head out the door. They now need a ride home back to their area of Bikini Bottom. They realize that they can use the Bag of Winds that Mindy gave them earlier. They attempt to use it but pull the string the wrong way and it flies away. SpongeBob says "Great, how are we going to get back to Bikini Bottom now"? Then David Hasselhoff as himself answers SpongeBob's question by saying "I can take you there".
Dramatic surf music is heard as they ride with David Hasselhoff. Just then, the boot from earlier returns and surprise, don't you know it, it's Dennis the hit man. SpongeBob and Patrick jump from Hasselhoff's one leg to the other leg. Dennis chases them until they see a bridge.
Dennis gets hit by the bridge and passes out. Meanwhile they make it just above Bikini Bottom. They jump for their lives as King Neptune attempts to shoot fire. But like a light bouncing off a mirror, the fire then goes up and hits David Hasselhoff, burning him.
Neptune now has a Chum Bucket bucket helmet on him. He is so mad that he locks Mindy outside. Plankton comes in and says "Well done SpongeBob, but I've got the formula now". Soon everyone somehow finds themselves inside the Krusty Krab despite the doors being locked. SpongeBob realizes he has to do something, so he transforms into a musician and the chorus plays a version of Twisted Sister's "I Want to Rock". SpongeBob uses his magic guitar and shoots the bucket helmets off of everyone. Even Karen is having a good time.
In the ending, Krabs finally decides to give SpongeBob the promotion. SpongeBob says something he never thought he'd say "Squidward your fly is down". The movie then ends with SpongeBob jumping happily and the screen freezes while the credits roll.
I haven't beaten the game yet, but I am trying my hardest. It's a really fun game!!!
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