Video Game / SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab

"Ah! Peaceful, sleepy Bikini Bottom! The creatures of the sea are deep in slumber, their night-brains exploring the mysterious world of dreams..."
The Narrator

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab is a video game published by THQ and developed by Blitz Games based upon the Nickelodeon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

The game follows the adventures of SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton as they travel through their dreams. However, as the player goes deeper into the game, things become... strange. Containing things like a giant, fish-eating Krabby Patty, edgy versions of the SpongeBob crew, and a Plankton monster. This game is... interesting, to say the least. However, it is still regarded as the "most ambitious and most successful SpongeBob game to date." The game is also released in Japan for the Wii and PS2 versions.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab provides examples of the following tropes:

  • 2D: The level Super-Sized Patty is a 2D side-scrolling level where you run across a linear path to escape the mutated Krabby Patty, jumping over gaps and shooting obstacles and enemies with the Freeze Ray in classic platforming style.
  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: It is revealed that the entire game is caused by someone eating a Krabby Patty before going to sleep, and that someone is Gary the Snail. SpongeBob somewhat lampshades this in the bonus cutscene, saying that "(he) shouldn't eat it before bedtime, because it might give him nightmares".
  • Advancing Wall of Doom: Plankton's first level Super-Sized Patty involves him running away from the giant Krabby Patty.
  • Adaptational Badass: SpongeBob. Compare how you normally see him to... ...this.
  • All Just a Dream: Of Gary's.
  • Ambiguous Ending: After his nightmares, Gary wakes up and wanders around town, watching things that are similar to the events of his dream. Then, he returns to SpongeBob's pineapple and goes back to sleep. Or at least he tries to, because he witnesses SpongeBob being devoured by an Alaskan Bull Worm, and faints. This is never mentioned again.
  • American Kirby Is Hardcore: While the international boxart depicts SpongeBob having a determined look on his face (pictured above), the Japanese boxart is just a simple cute face of SpongeBob himself.
  • Art Shift: Various levels are depicted in differing art styles. Starfishman to the Rescue has a cel-shaded comic book style, Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster looks like an old kaiju film, and Diesel Dreaming is in an odd surrealist Diesel Punk style reminiscient of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Ratfink.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the level Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster, Plankton grows to more than 50 ft. tall and rampages through Bikini Bottom while chasing a Krabby Patty. The level itself is a direct call-back to an early SpongeBob episode called Sleepy Time.
    • Kaiju: What Plankton essentially acts as, though they somewhat play with it by giving him a goal (mainly, tracking down the monster patty) rather than making him thoughtlessly rampage throughout Bikini Bottom.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Played for Laughs at the end of the level StarfishMan to the Rescue. When Patrick (aka Starfishman) proceeds to free the starfish hostage from the rocket, Dreaded Patrick's minions knock him out from behind and instead, tie him up on the rocket. This is even lampshaded by Patrick as he's about to get launched into space.
    Patrick: "You're the vile villain, I'm the good guy! I'm supposed to (rocket launches) wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin!"
    Dreaded Patrick: "Ok, that's my arch enemy defeated. Now what? Mow the lawn?"
    • The ironic part is that the rocket plows through a ring-shaped asteroid, which falls back to earth and traps Dreaded Patrick. So in hindsight, Patrick still got a karmic victory.
  • Big Bad: Plankton is made to look like one, when it is actually the giant Krabby Patty, at least as of the last level.
  • Blow You Away: One of Patrick's new abilities in this game, which is called the Bluster Puff, can be used to attack enemies, spin propellers, and remove posters.
  • Boss-Only Level: Patrick's third level Rooftop Rumble is this in its entirety. You fight Giant Plankton in a total of, not two, not three, but five phases.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's probably the darkest SpongeBob SquarePants video game ever produced, having more instances of Nightmare Fuel than others.
  • Dash Attack: SpongeBob and Patrick can dash to stun armored enemies, move objects, and break through breakable walls.
  • Diesel Punk: SpongeBob's first level Diesel Dreaming, where the structures are based on car parts. SpongeBob himself takes on an odd Ratfink-like appearance on the track, as do Patrick, Plankton, and Gary.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Plankton is presented as the Big Bad in the levels It Came from Bikini Bottom and Rooftop Rumble.
  • Dream Land: The whole game takes place in the dreams shared by SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton (and Gary.).
  • Dream Within a Dream: In every level intro, either SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton wake up in order, this goes on until it was revealed to be Gary the Snail's dream.
  • Dreamworks Face: SpongeBob on the international boxart.
  • Easter Egg: Doubles as a Creator Cameo. Throughout the levels, you will occasionally find a strange yellow fish placed in hidden areas and will sometimes appear in cutscenes as a Freeze-Frame Bonus. This fish is the mascot of the team that was behind the game's graphics named "Team RocFISH", and they serve no real purpose in the game other than being a nice visual nod.
  • Eternal Engine: Super-Sized Patty features two areas where Plankton runs through an industrial park and a jellyfish factory.
  • Expy: The cardboard box enemies strapped to chains in StarfishMan to the Rescue look and act very similar to the Chain Chomps from the Super Mario Bros. series, right down to them being defeated by a Ground Pound to the objects they're chained to.
  • Eye Beams: Giant Plankton's Atomic Eye Laser.
  • Foreshadowing: In Diesel Dreaming, the last race has SpongeBob go up against Gary the Snail. And in Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster, one of the sculptures presented at Mount Fishmore is Gary. Go ahead and guess whose dream(s) it really is.
  • Freeze Ray: In Super-Sized Patty, Plankton wields one to temporary freeze the Krabby Patty that's chasing him.
  • Gameplay Roulette: Each level features a different type of gameplay, whether it be racing, beat-em-up, platformer, or shmup.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: Collecting all Sleepy Seeds found throughout the levels will unlock Patrick and Plankton in Hypnotic Highway, the final level, as well as their respective endings.
  • Ground Pound: SpongeBob and Patrick can slam on the ground to defeat enemies and activate buttons.
  • Jigsaw Plot: At first all three characters' plots are presented separately, but eventually all three converge into one story.
  • Levels Take Flight: The level It Came from Bikini Bottom has SpongeBob flying a plane, as pictured on the boxart.
  • Limit Break: Plankton has one in Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster, called the Super Roar, which can destroy anything around his vicinity but requires collecting megaphones to use it.
  • Marathon Level: Nearly every level in the game qualifies as one, with many of them having numerous sections and long minigames in-between. However, Alaskan Belly Trouble is by far the longest level in the game, and finishing the level will roughly take around an hour on average.
  • Multiple Endings: Three, depending on what character you play as in the final level Hypnotic Highway.note 
    • In SpongeBob's ending, he brings the Krabby Patty back to the Krusty Krab and chops it up into smaller Krabby Patties to give to all of the customers. When one customer complains that his Patty has relish, SpongeBob was about to take his request when he suddenly notices that everyone has Gary's shell on their backs. Including SpongeBob himself.
    • In Patrick's ending, he celebrates with a party at the Krusty Krab. When Patrick is about to eat the Krabby Patty, it jumps out of his hands and begins to run away. Patrick gives chase, but the Krabby Patty slams the doors right on him, knocking Patrick out and causing him to see multiple Garys circling him.
    • In Plankton's ending, he builds a Krabby Patty utopia in Bikini Bottom and boasts about his victory towards the Krusty Krab. But when the Krabby Patty appears right in front of him, it summons a rain of giant Krabby Patties that destroys every building Plankton had built. One Patty with Gary's eye stocks drops from the sky, bounces off the Krusty Krab, and crushes the Chum Bucket afterwards.
    • Regardless of the endings however, they all lead to one conclusion. The entire game was All Just a Dream of Gary the Snail.
  • Paper People: All of Dreaded Patrick's henchmen in StarfishMan to the Rescue are flat paper cutouts that often spawn from billboards on the walls. Given that the setting of the level is based around being inside a comic book, it makes sense, and offers some contrast to the cel-shaded 3D models and environments.
  • Rushmore Refacement: At one point in Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster, Plankton uses his laser vision to re-sculpt Mount Fishmore in his image. For some odd reason, Mount Fishmore contains the busts of SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and Gary. However, keep in mind that the entire game takes place in a dream.
  • Space Zone: Rocket Rodeo. It consists of Patrick (aka StarfishMan) flying through outer space on the rocket he was strapped onto, and you have to dodge asteroids and other such things.
  • Shield-Bearing Mook: You will encounter enemies who carry shields in the levels Diesel Dreaming and Alaskan Belly Trouble. To defeat them, you must dash into their shields first to stun them, and then use your Spin Attack on them.
  • Shockwave Stomp: One of Giant Plankton's attacks has him stomp on the ground to create a shockwave that damages nearby buildings. It is also the only way to eliminate certain obstacles that could otherwise trip Plankton over and leave him vulnerable to enemy attacks.
  • Spin Attack: SpongeBob's and Patrick's primary way of attacking.
  • Surreal Horror: The last level Hypnotic Highway qualifies for this.
  • Those Two Guys: The two unseen announcers Rick and Dale, who only show up to provide commentary and their back-to-back banter during the race sequences in Diesel Dreaming and Hypnotic Highway. They also make a brief cameo in the Oyster Stadium section of Super-sized Patty.
  • The Unfought: Dreaded Patrick, Patrick's Evil Counterpart in StarfishMan to the Rescue, is never really fought directly, and the supposed "showdown" you have with him is nothing but an Elevator Action Sequence where you fight his minions instead and dodge hazards.
  • Variable Mix: In most of the platforming levels, the music will change from a calm and smooth tune into a more fast-paced and action-oriented version of the same tune whenever you encounter enemies.
  • Villain Protagonist: Plankton is playable.
  • Womb Level: The level Alaskan Belly Trouble is the digestive tract of an Alaskan Bull Worm, as SpongeBob tries to find a way to escape by building a plane.