SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is a 2005 Party Game/Minigame Game featuring characters from the SpongeBob series. THQ and Nickelodeon published the game, and THQ's Australian division developed it.The story is that producer Gil Hammerstein is producing an episode of The New Adventures of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy in Bikini Bottom, and everyone wants to be chosen to play the starring villain role: the Sneaky Hermit. Players can play as SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mr. Krabs, or Plankton to impress the game's talent scouts and win the lead role.Each location has one scene, and three minigames required to beat to star in the scene. Each of the minigames are themed off the location they take place in (such as driving in boating school, or serving food at the Krusty Krab resturaunt). Minigames come in two forms: those with teams, or free-for-all. These minigames are usually three minutes, though this time can vary.Notably, after you've finished the campaign in the console version, you can watch the full 30-minute episode of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy that you finished! In the PC version you can watch it at any time, selecting actors and props as you like, but you have to unlock them through the campaign first (and the movie itself is a lot shorter).This page is in desperate need of some Wiki Magic.
The game features the following tropes:
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- Anachronic Order: While the introduction and ending of the movie are recorded at their respective ends, everything between the two is mixed up. You don't see everything in order until you watch the final product. See Reality Is Unrealistic.
- Artificial Stupidity: If you set the computer characters on Silly (Easy), they will show this in spades. The most blatant example is in "Machine Meltdown", where a team of AI-controlled characters will be stuck in a constant loop of poorly fixing their generator throughout the entirety of the minigame, earning you a clear-cut victory.
- Canon Foreigner: Gil Hammerstein.
- Fishing Minigame: There is a Fishing Minigame (Surf Resc-Goo) where instead of fishing for fish, you fish for random junk to increase your score. This is understandable, since the characters fishing live in an underwater world where fish talk and behave like people and hooks are their equivalent of an extremely dangerous weapon (that can see some use in sporting and recreational purposes).
- Loads and Loads of Loading: The console version has a loading screen between each scene. They don't take too long but they can really break up the action.
- Luck-Based Mission: The Rock-Paper-Scissors tie-breaker Mini-Game.
- Mini-Game: The game entirely consists of these.
- Racing Minigame: There are a few of these, especially in boating school.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: This is actually how live-action movies are filmed in real life, by location proximity rather than chronological order, for efficiency purposes.
- Rhythm Game: A Mini-Game comes in this format.
- Rock-Paper-Scissors: Like in the show, two players blow bubbles in the shape of rock, paper, or scissors to see who gets to star in the movie if they tie with another player.
- Show Within a Show: The New Adventures of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy.
- "Simon Says" Mini-Game: "Beats Me".
The New Adventures of Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy
- Affably Evil/Laughably Evil: If SpongeBob wins the role of the Sneaky Hermit, he plays him in this manner. His Establishing Character Moment is this:
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: How the narrator opens the episode:Narrator: Mermaid Man! Forceful! Fearless! ...Regular.
- Big Bad: The Sneaky Hermit.
- Big Ball of Violence: How the final battle is depicted in the PC version.
- Big Damn Heroes: Parodied when Mermaidman and Barnacle Boy burst into Man-Ray's lair to rescue the Damsel in Distress: Mermaidman dramatically declares, "I'll have a burger and fries!" Cue typical eye roll from Barnacle Boy.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: After being introduced by the Narrator as the heroes' "second-most-arch-nemesis":Man-Ray: Oh, come on! What does it take to get to Number 1 in this town?!
- Captain Obvious: After the Sneaky Hermit steals the jailhouse Mermaidman, Barnacle Boy, Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble are in:The Dirty Bubble: I think it would be safe to say that the Sneaky Hermit steals buildings.
- Chekhov's Gun: The pepper grinder Mermaidman picks up at the Krusty Krab. Turns out pepper is the Hermit's weakness.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Mermaidman, even more so than in the original show. As an example, upon hearing the siren of a pursuing police car, he thinks it's a song on the radio and starts singing along to it.
- Enemy Mine: Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble team up with Mermaidman & Barnacle Boy to defeat the Sneaky Hermit.
- Felony Misdemeanor: The Dirty Bubble was apparently jailed for "having bad breath in a public place". Makes you wonder whether they were just making up crimes so they had an excuse to put him away.
- Jaywalking Will Ruin Your Life: What Man-Ray was apparently jailed for.
- Loads and Loads of Roles: A single character can get every available role.
- Mondegreen: When the hunter mentions that that the Sneaky Hermit must have "A tall building in it's sights" we get this gem:Dirty Bubble: The Hermit wears tights?Barnacle Boy: The permit test bites?Man-Ray: Old Hermit was right?
- Mundane Utility: Man-Ray uses his laser beams to etch "Man-Ray Rules" onto a wall.
- Narrator: There are two of them.
- The New Adventures
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Man-Ray and the Dirty Bubble at one point try disguising themselves with a pair of Groucho Marx glasses, with fake nose and moustache. It doesn't work.Man-Ray: [throwing the glasses away] What a waste of two bucks.
- Pepper Sneeze: How the Sneaky Hermit is defeated. In the console version, the sneeze is so violent that their tower of stolen buildings collapses, subduing them and returning Bikini Bottom to normal. In the PC version, the sneezing merely weakens them enough for the heroes to subdue them.
- Poke the Poodle: In the intro, we see The Dirty Bubble chasing a couple down the street and pulling faces at them, followed by Man-Ray using his laser beams to etch "Man-Ray Rules" onto a wall. Later, when the pair are freed from jail, they discuss what "despicable" crimes to pull off first:The Dirty Bubble: Oh, let's start with jaywalking. They couldn't possibly catch us twice.
- As we see Man-Ray etching the graffiti, he's introduced as the heroes' "second-most-arch-nemesis". His reaction shows that he considers his crimes to be the height of villainy:Man-Ray: Oh, come on! What does it take to get to Number 1 in this town?!
- As we see Man-Ray etching the graffiti, he's introduced as the heroes' "second-most-arch-nemesis". His reaction shows that he considers his crimes to be the height of villainy:
- Stylistic Suck: Possible in the PC version, where as well as selecting the actors for each role, you can also select various props. Some of them, especially the ones you start off with, are very bad.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Hermit's weakness is pepper. In the PC version, it makes them sneeze uncontrollably, allowing the heroes to subdue them; in the console version, it makes the Hermit sneeze so violently that their tower of stolen buildings collapses, subduing them and returning the buildings to their normal places.
- What Are You in For?: Mermaidman asks Man-Ray this. He responds that he got caught jaywalking, to which The Dirty Bubble pipes up that he was arrested for having bad breath in a public place.