Video Game: The Spongebob Movie Game

aka: The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
"Vacuuming up manliness, even in the corners!"
-SpongeBob
The video game adaptation of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, made by the same company as Battle for Bikini Bottom. The plot more or less follows the film, but with a few changes made. While David Hasselhoff makes a guest appearance in the movie, The game doesn't actually refer to him by name.

There was also a PC version made, and it was a Point and Click Adventure game, as well as a GBA version, which was for the most part a 2D Platformer.

Contains examples of:

  • Airborne Mook: The Flinger and MERV enemies.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Much like in the movie, Plankton takes over Bikini Bottom. Only this time it happens earlier, with Plankton statues and monuments being put as SpongeBob and Patrick escape town.
  • Anti-Grinding: In order to prevent excessive farming of Manliness Points in each level for upgrades, the value of Manliness Points you receive from enemies, crates, and combos drops overtime until it eventually reaches a point where everything is just worth "one" Manliness Point. Prompting the player to proceed to the next level at a steady pace.
  • Backtracking: The game consistently does this whenever you reach a new level and don't have enough Goofy Goober Tokens to gain a new move from Mindy needed to clear the level, prompting you to backtrack to previous levels for Tokens you've missed earlier. There are also certain Tokens and Treasure Chests in earlier levels which cannot be reached until Patrick gets his Throw move and SpongeBob gets his Sonic Wave Guitar.
  • Badass Driver: SpongeBob and Patrick in the stages where you drive the Patty Wagon.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Thug Tug in the Bubble Blowing Baby Hunt level.
  • Big Door: The Welcome to Planktopolis... Minions level has a few.
  • Boss Arena Idiocy: The final boss King Neptune would be invincible if it weren't for the conveniently-placed tables around the Krusty Krab II.
  • Call Back: a robot from Battle for Bikini Bottom appears as trash at the beginning of Shell City, Dead Ahead.
    • SpongeBob refers to himself as "SuperSponge" in one quote, which is the name of another game
  • Casual Danger Dialog: SpongeBob and Pat have no problems spouting cheery one-liners even in the most dangerous situations.
  • Concert Climax: Spongebob stages one in the Krusty Krab for the final boss.
  • Convenient Enemy Base: SpongeBob and Patrick land near the Krusty Krab after escaping Shell City.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: Most apparent if you are switching over from Battle for Bikini Bottom to this or vice versa, since both games play similarly to each other. Because of this, sometimes you'll forget that some of SpongeBob's and Patrick's moves are either reassigned to a different button on your controller or completely replaced with an entirely new move.
  • Disney Death: The Tearjerking scene where SpongeBob and Patrick dry out under a lamp is still here, but reduced to a cutscene with more comedy and no suspense whatsoever.
  • Elite Mooks: The MERV enemies found later in the game. They hover around areas often accompanied by other Mooks and will shoot a laser at you if you get too close, relying on long-distance attacks to take them down. A later variant found in Welcome to Planktopolis... Minions can fire rockets at you from a distance.
  • Evil Laugh: All nearby enemies laugh at you briefly If you take damage.
  • Experience Points: A non-RPG example in the form of Manliness Points which are used to upgrade SpongeBob's and Patrick's health and abilities. While not mandatory, it is recommended to collect them as they'll be really helpful in making tough sections easier with upgrades. Manliness Points can be found scattered around the level as well as earned by destroying crates, defeating enemies, and scoring smash combos. However there is a certain limit to the amount of Manliness Points you can earn the longer you stay in the same level. See Anti-Grinding above.
  • Expy: The enemies are, for the most part, expies of the robots from Battle for Bikini Bottom. All of the Plan Z Boxes are also similar to a type of Tiki from the same game: There's a standard one, a floating one, one that dissapears if you get too close, an exploding one, and one immune to regular attacks.
  • Flunky Boss: Dennis is this in both forms, as well as King Neptune after taking a few hits.
  • The Goomba: The Jellyfish, which are the easiest enemies to beat and will not necessarily hurt you unless you touch them directly. Unlike their variants in Battle for Bikini Bottom, This time they do offer points when defeated.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: With SpongeBob's and Patrick's upgraded spin attacks, certain enemies like the Flingers, Turrets, and Poppers can be defeated this way by reflecting their projectiles back at them.
    • Also comes into play during King Neptune's boss fight where the only way to damage him is to redirect his laser right back at him using the flipped tables scattered around the Krusty Krab II. Stunning him and allowing you to lay a direct hit with SpongeBob's Sonic Wave.
  • Mook Debut Cutscene: Each new type of enemy gets one.
  • Mook Maker: There are Enemy Spawners found throughout the game that will continuously spawn Mooks until destroyed. One hit is all it takes to destroy them but they go out with a bang.
  • Point of No Return: Most levels have one of these, although several have a way to get back to the beginning once you reach the end.
  • Oil Slick: The Flinger enemies shoot out goo that messes up movement and leaves a puddle that does the same.
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: Defeating an enemy sends it flying back, damaging or defeating others behind it.
  • Slave Mooks: The mooks in the desert, landfill, and Planktopolis levels.
  • The Power of Rock: SpongeBob gets a move late in the game that allows him to fire a controllable sonic wave by playing a guitar.
  • Videogame Settings:
    • Bleak Level: Any level from Bubble Blowing Baby Hunt onwards noticeably has more darker and unsettling environments.
    • Bonus Stage: The SpongeBall, Floating Block, and Combat Arena Challenges. All taking place outside of the main levels they're in and can be only entered via special panels you encounter throughout the levels.
    • Boss-Only Level: I'll Let You Pet Mr. Whiskers, Name's Dennis, Dennis Strikes Back, and Turn the Tables on Plankton.
    • Death Mountain: Rub a Dub Dub, Slip Slide in a Tub.
    • Derelict Graveyard/Down in the Dumps: Shell City, Dead Ahead.
    • Doomed Hometown/Egopolis: Welcome to Planktopolis... Minions.
    • Dream Land: No Cheese respectively since it is SpongeBob's dream of becoming a manager like in the movie. Sundae Driving also qualifies.
    • Lethal Lava Land/Womb Level: Now That We're Men.
    • Monster Arena: The Combat Arena Challenges have you face off against large waves of enemies.
      • Joke Level: On the other hand, the fourth and final Combat Arena Challenge which is located very late in the game has you face off against just one Jellyfish.
    • Remixed Level/Level in Reverse: Drive of the Knucklehead McSpazatron is technically Sandwich Driving 101 with a reverse layout and more difficult obstacles to bypass.
    • Shifting Sand Land: Three... Thousand Miles to Shell City.
    • Ship Level: Bubble Blowing Baby Hunt.
    • Wackyland: I'm Ready... Depression and Sundae Driving.

Alternative Title(s):

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie