Are you ready kids?! I can’t hear you! Ohhhhhhh! Welcome back to your favorite underwater city, Bikini Bottom! SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated brings SpongeBob and friends back in beautiful graphics and a new generation of consoles. Having previously owned this game on the PS2, my inner child was ecstatic to get this game for current consoles. This game is exactly what we all needed right now to hold us over and to help bring us back to our childhood joy.
Jumping jellyfish! Plankton has hatched up an evil plan that has gone horribly wrong. Evil robots have overrun Bikini Bottom, and it is up to SpongeBob and friends to save the day. The only down side to this story is the story itself, or the lack of one. The only plot of the story is that there are evil robots created by Plankton and you have to stop them. The game’s purpose gets lost pretty quickly as you play. However, where there is a lack of story, getting to explore Bikini Bottom and its surrounding environments more than makes up for the lack of direction.
As you traverse the many different locations in this game, you are greeted with incredible renditions of your favorite underwater hot spots. This game allows its players a chance to explore many different locations such as SpongeBob’s Pineapple house, Jellyfish Fields, the Goo Lagoon, and so much more. As well as locations, players are greeted with nostalgic music and character voices from the original show itself. It almost feels like you are inside of the cartoon show as it is streaming live on a Saturday morning.
New to Bikini Bottom? Have no fear, because Gary the Snail is here! Once the game is loaded up, you wake up as SpongeBob in his home with a message on your wall. After SpongeBob sees the message, he has a conversation with Gary about how to use controls to play the game. And yes, Gary still only speaks in meows, which makes this back and forth even more thrilling. As the game progresses, you are shown how to fight the evil robots, break tiki boxes, and use specific skills. This game perfectly encompasses the feel of games like Ratchet & Clank and Spyro. You know, the games where you break things, earn points, and unlock new areas with different characters and skills.
Another cool feature of this game is how different characters allow you to use different skills and to access new areas. For example, SpongeBob can bungee jump from his underwear, Patrick can throw objects like ice cubes, and Sandy can lasso glide from platform to platform. These characters and skills allow players to get to every nook and crevice in every area in the game.
When you think of SpongeBob, does it bring you back to when you were a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons? It definitely does that for me, and I couldn’t be happier. This game has all the nostalgia for the adult gamer who needs a little bit of childhood joy in their life. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated has all of your favorite Bikini Bottom citizens from SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy, all the way to Mermaid Man, the Flying Dutchman, and Bubble Boy. Even the sailor’s human hand comes in to carry your characters back into frame when they go out of bounds.
My favorite thing about this game is that it still feels and plays like a PS2 game, which is not a bad thing. The fact that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated sticks to its roots makes it a million times better. This is a game I appreciated back in 2003 on PS2 and still appreciate in 2020 on Xbox. The only sad thing is that I don’t think Mrs. Puff is going to give SpongeBob his license after this game either.
Are you into games that ask you to find collectible items in each area to get that 100% completion achievement? Then this is the game for you. As you play through SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated, you have a multitude of things to collect. To start, the health bars are represented by SpongeBob’s underwear (I love the humor of this game), and if you take damage, you need to collect another pair of underwear to make up for your lost health. As for the currency of this game, when you break tiki boxes, defeat evil robots, and as you traverse each area, there will be things called shiny objects to collect. Thank you Mr. Krabs for the name. These shiny objects that you earn will allow you purchase access to new areas and to buy other collectibles from the other citizens of Bikini Bottom.
Another collectible you earn to access new areas is golden spatulas. These spatulas are earned by beating bosses, finding hidden areas, and purchasing them from Mr. Krabs. Finally, the last collectible to worry about is Patrick’s socks. As weird as this collectible seems, you actually need Patrick’s socks to purchase golden spatulas from him to access all of the areas on the map.
After looking at the story of the game, the only way it could get better is if there was a multiplayer mode. But wait, there is a multiplayer mode! SpongeBob SquarePants has never looked better in multiplayer, until now. This game’s multiplayer mode gives players a chance to jump into a horde mode together. This mode gives players 7 characters to choose from. These characters are SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Gary, Plankton, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs. After selecting your characters, you and your friends get to fight through waves of robots to see how long you can survive and which player gets the most points. This multiplayer mode is the perfect balance of competition and cooperation.
Did you love revisiting Bikini Bottom? Which character is your favorite and why? Leave a comment down below and let us know what you think. Click here to buy SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated on the Microsoft store for $29.99. And, as always, stay tuned on Generation Xbox for the latest gaming news and more!
Note: We received a review code from THQ Nordic.