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Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Review

Written by Ankit Gaba

Information:

Developer: Purple Lamp Studios

Publisher: THQ Nordic

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One

Price: 29.99$

Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is a very colorful game. It’s a faithful remake of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom with additional content and better graphics. Plankton creates a machine called Duplicatotron 3000, which leads to an invasion of robots in Bikini Bottom.

The main currency for Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is referred to as “Shiny Things” they can be used to pay for Golden Spatulas and progress through some areas of Bikini Bottom Rehydrated.

There are a total of 100 Golden Spatulas, 50 socks, and infinite Shiny Things to collect in Spongebob Bikini Bottom Rehydrated Spongebob’s house is the opening hub for Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated.

There is a form of fast travel in Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated called Taxis it can be used to fast travel to various places you also have to get enough Golden Spatulas to unlock taxis for specific areas the game is revolved around collecting Golden Spatulas as they help you progress through the game it can get tiring NPCs like Mrs. Puff, Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Patrick and others give you some tasks. When you complete their mission, they reward you with a Golden Spatula. You have to collect underwear so you can regain your health.

 

3 Different Playable Characters

There are 3 Playable Characters in Spongebob Squarepants Battle for Bikini Bottom the best character is Spongebob Combat-wise, in my opinion. You need to play as all three characters at times you will have to switch between them to progress through the world of Bikini Bottom and put an end to Plankton’s machine all of the characters have their Unique Abilities which are essential to progress through the game. Spongebob unlocks his abilities gradually as you play the game, and it allows you to get certain different collectibles that are unreachable usually.

Spongebob has a normal bubble melee attack, a ground, and a pounce attack, and the ability to attack other objects and enemies that are above him which is called Bubble Bash you unlock this ability as you progress through the game it isn’t given to you in the beginning. There’s also an ability that allows him to throw bubbles like a bowling ball; it can either be used at enemies or switches.

Patrick has a ground pounce which allows him to stun enemies which are caught in the shockwave he has two variations which depend on the ground pounce it is executed after a single or a double jump he can also grab the stunned enemies, tikis, and fruits to throw them to attack other enemies or solve puzzles with freezy fruits he can freeze goo or water in the world of Bikini Bottom and run across the ice until it melts.

Sandy has a lasso that allows her to reach areas that Spongebob and Patrick can’t reach.

Captures the essence of Original Game

Spongebob Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated is an entirely faithful remake which extends the content of the original game with a new Horde Mode the music is as relaxing as the music in the show a thing that I didn’t like was the voice acting of Mr. Krabs it wasn’t the original actor which is in the Spongebob cartoon, so that took me off a bit apparently the game uses the same dialogues and voices as the original versions sometimes the conversations can get a bit tiring whenever Patrick collected underwear he said “Spongebob’s underwear doesn’t fit quite right” it got boring after I heard it the first time they should have added more lines.

Another issue I had with Spongebob battle for bikini bottom rehydrated was the progression there wasn’t really much depth to it. You just help the NPCs and gain Golden Spatulas to advance through the game, which also got boring and made me lose interest in Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated. The Pacing is too dull, but it gets better after the second boss fight. The Boss fights in Spongebob battle for bikini bottom are entertaining and intense at times.

The platforming can be a bit challenging as you progress through different levels.

Let’s talk about the Multiplayer Horde Mode now. THQ Nordic added an additional horde mode for Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom Rehydrated for up to two players. It can be played online with friends or via couch co-op. The Horde Mode isn’t really a challenge. It is effortless, which wasn’t a great thing, it gets annoying quickly.

The Idle animations were hilarious and playing as Patrick, while platforming was also a lot of fun.

There weren’t any performance issues even the console versions run at 60FPS, and there were no glitches or bugs either, which made the experience way better.

Verdict

Spongebob Battle For Bikini Bottom is a faithful remake, but it fails at many things like the progression it gets tiring very quickly also the Horde mode they have added wasn’t a challenge at all the AI was mediocre, but despite all of the issues, it’s a fun experience if you are willing to collect all the golden spatulas.

8/10

Pros:
Faithful remake with additional content

Combat is enjoyable.

Idle Animations look tremendous and funny.

Cons:
Progression is boring

The AI in horde mode isn’t good

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