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The plot is straightforward: one day, while SpongeBob is riding his unicycle through Jellyfish Fields, he runs into what appears to be a statue of a fry cook standing on an oven (who, curiously, was also a sponge). Intrigued, SpongeBob runs to the Krusty Krab to tell Mr. Krabs about the statue. Mr. Krabs then explains to him the statue was actually the entrance to the Flying Dutchman's underworld, and tells SpongeBob of the old legend surrounding it, that in the city of Palm Bay, there lived a master fry cook who ruled with the Golden Spatula. But Mt. Kabloovious buried Palm Bay, which ended the civilization. Then the Flying Dutchman took over the city and his first mate buried the key somewhere in Goo Lagoon. Mr. Krabs also explains that if SpongeBob manages to obtain the Golden Spatula, he will become the master fry cook. So SpongeBob sets out on an adventure to enter Palm Bay and retrieve the spatula for himself.

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The plot is straightforward: one day, while SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] is riding his unicycle through Jellyfish Fields, he runs into what appears to be a statue of a fry cook standing on an oven (who, curiously, was also a sponge). Intrigued, SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] runs to the Krusty Krab to tell Mr. Krabs about the statue. Mr. Krabs then explains to him the statue was actually the entrance to the Flying Dutchman's underworld, and tells SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] of the old legend surrounding it, that in the city of Palm Bay, there lived a master fry cook who ruled with the Golden Spatula. But Mt. Kabloovious buried Palm Bay, which ended the civilization. Then the Flying Dutchman took over the city and his first mate buried the key somewhere in Goo Lagoon. Mr. Krabs also explains that if SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] manages to obtain the Golden Spatula, he will become the master fry cook. So SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] sets out on an adventure to enter Palm Bay and retrieve the spatula for himself.



* BubbleGun: Spongebob's basic attack is blowing a short range bubble from his bubble wand.
* CallForward: The Kelpazoic Jungle is clearly meant to be the Kelp Forest, which wouldnt appear in the series proper until "Club Spongebob" a year after this games release.

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* BubbleGun: Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s basic attack is blowing a short range bubble from his bubble wand.
* CallForward: The Kelpazoic Jungle is clearly meant to be the Kelp Forest, which wouldnt appear in the series proper until "Club Spongebob" [=SpongeBob=]" a year after this games release.



* CanonDiscontinuity: As with all the other Spongebob tie-in games, this games events are non-canon to the show, [[WordOfGod per word of Vincent Waller.]]

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* CanonDiscontinuity: As with all the other Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] tie-in games, this games events are non-canon to the show, [[WordOfGod per word of Vincent Waller.]]



** If you bug Mrs. Puff enough, she'll give you [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E7HallMonitorJellyfishJam the Hall Monitor outfit]] (which adds an extra hit point to Spongebob).

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** If you bug Mrs. Puff enough, she'll give you [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E7HallMonitorJellyfishJam the Hall Monitor outfit]] (which adds an extra hit point to Spongebob).[=SpongeBob=]).



** When SpongeBob talks to some people at Goo Lagoon after obtaining the map, they will ask if he is okay, then he shows his [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E2BubblestandRippedPants ripped pants and responds that he is not okay because of his said pants.]]

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** When SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] talks to some people at Goo Lagoon after obtaining the map, they will ask if he is okay, then he shows his [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E2BubblestandRippedPants ripped pants and responds that he is not okay because of his said pants.]]



* DeathByGluttony: Among Spongebob's arsenal is the ability to launch Krabby Patties at enemies, which bloats them up enough to defeat them. This is actually required to defeat the Cowboy Fish boss in the Undersea Desert. This method is also how you defeat the Flying Dutchman, though given that he's already dead, this just tires him out instead.
* DefeatByModesty: Spongebob's health is measured by his on-screen clothing; If SpongeBob gets hit, his clothing falls off. If SpongeBob is wearing the Hall Monitor power-up, he loses it when he is hit. If he takes a hit without it, his pants fall off, leaving him to run around in his underwear. If his underwear falls off, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall he sheepishly looks at the player and covers his nether regions]] and loses a life.
* DemotedToExtra: All of the main cast beyond Spongebob get reduced to cameo roles in this game, though Mr. Krabs does help jumpstart the plot.

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* DeathByGluttony: Among Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s arsenal is the ability to launch Krabby Patties at enemies, which bloats them up enough to defeat them. This is actually required to defeat the Cowboy Fish boss in the Undersea Desert. This method is also how you defeat the Flying Dutchman, though given that he's already dead, this just tires him out instead.
* DefeatByModesty: Spongebob's [=SpongeBob=]'s health is measured by his on-screen clothing; If SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] gets hit, his clothing falls off. If SpongeBob [=SpongeBob=] is wearing the Hall Monitor power-up, he loses it when he is hit. If he takes a hit without it, his pants fall off, leaving him to run around in his underwear. If his underwear falls off, [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall he sheepishly looks at the player and covers his nether regions]] and loses a life.
* DemotedToExtra: All of the main cast beyond Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] get reduced to cameo roles in this game, though Mr. Krabs does help jumpstart the plot.



* ExcusePlot: The games plot basically amounts to Spongebob going on a quest to make Mr. Krabs rich.
* FatBastard: Bubble Bass appears as a recurring enemy for Spongebob to fight throughout the game.

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* ExcusePlot: The games plot basically amounts to Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] going on a quest to make Mr. Krabs rich.
* FatBastard: Bubble Bass appears as a recurring enemy for Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] to fight throughout the game.



** The most elaborate of these is the sidequest for the Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, which involves Spongebob delivering a pizza to a customer in the Kelpazoic Jungle and then giving Mr. Krabs the money in exchange for it.

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** The most elaborate of these is the sidequest for the Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, which involves Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] delivering a pizza to a customer in the Kelpazoic Jungle and then giving Mr. Krabs the money in exchange for it.



* IdleAnimation: Leave Spongebob alone for a bit, and he'll start dancing in place.
* InvincibilityPowerUp: Mermaid Man's Power Ring, which gives Spongebob permanent invincibility along with increased running and jumping power.

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* IdleAnimation: Leave Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] alone for a bit, and he'll start dancing in place.
* InvincibilityPowerUp: Mermaid Man's Power Ring, which gives Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] permanent invincibility along with increased running and jumping power.



* TheLostWoods: The Kelpazoic Jungle, which is a maze like jungle of vine-like kelp that Spongebob has to navigate through.
* NonActionBigBad: The Flying Dutchman is ostensibly the villain of the game, but he's not really doing anything evil and just serves as the last obstacle to Spongebob getting the Golden Spatula.

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* TheLostWoods: The Kelpazoic Jungle, which is a maze like jungle of vine-like kelp that Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] has to navigate through.
* NonActionBigBad: The Flying Dutchman is ostensibly the villain of the game, but he's not really doing anything evil and just serves as the last obstacle to Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] getting the Golden Spatula.



* {{Railroading}}: Heavily downplayed. Spongebob can enter any of the four main levels in any order desired, but he needs to beat all four of them before he can enter the final level.

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* {{Railroading}}: Heavily downplayed. Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] can enter any of the four main levels in any order desired, but he needs to beat all four of them before he can enter the final level.


''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Creator/VicariousVisions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}, notable for being the very first video game based on the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loony loofah]]. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you go through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.

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''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Creator/VicariousVisions Vicarious Visions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}, notable for being the very first video game based on the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loony loofah]]. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you go through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.


''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}, notable for being the very first video game based on the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loony loofah]]. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you go through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.

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''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Vicarious Visions Creator/VicariousVisions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}, notable for being the very first video game based on the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loony loofah]]. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you go through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.

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* BeneathTheEarth:
** A big chunk of Goo Lagoon is set in an underground cavern beneath the water.
** Rock Bottom, the games penultimate level, serves as this. Dutchman's Underworld, [[TheVeryDefinetelyFinalDungeon the level right after it]], combines this with BigBoosHaunt.

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* BeachLevel: Goo Lagoon is ostensibly this, though the bulk of it as actually set away from the beach, either in a cavern beneath the water or the skies above a rocky area.


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* CallForward: The Kelpazoic Jungle is clearly meant to be the Kelp Forest, which wouldnt appear in the series proper until "Club Spongebob" a year after this games release.


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* ContinuitySnarl: This games Golden Spatula has an entirely different backstory than the one given to it in "Neptunes Spatula", where it was simply trapped in a giant blob of grease and could only be pulled out by whoever was worthy of it.


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* GreenHillZone: Jellyfish Fields serves as the games lush grassy level.


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* TheLostWoods: The Kelpazoic Jungle, which is a maze like jungle of vine-like kelp that Spongebob has to navigate through.

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* TheCameo: The staple cast of the series, including Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, Mrs. Puff, Larry Lobster and even Plankton get small cameo roles.

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* FatBastard: Bubble Bass appears as a recurring enemy for Spongebob to fight throughout the game.

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** The Golden Spatula itself is loosely inspired by the same item from [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E19FoolsinAprilNeptunesSpatula "Neptunes Spatula"]].


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* NonActionBigBad: The Flying Dutchman is ostensibly the villain of the game, but he's not really doing anything evil and just serves as the last obstacle to Spongebob getting the Golden Spatula.


** The Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, Moon Man Catcher and Ol' Reliable appear as optional upgrades to the Spatula, Net Launcher and Jellyfishing net.
** A special item that can be recieved from Mermaid Man is his Power Ring.
** The Hydro-Dynamic Spatula returns as an optional upgrade to your spatula, and its acquired by a sidequest where you deliver a Krusty Krab pizza.

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** The Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E8SandysRocketSqueakyBoots Moon Man Catcher Catcher]] and [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E9NaturePantsOppositeDay Ol' Reliable Reliable]] appear as optional upgrades to the Spatula, Net Launcher and Jellyfishing net.
** A special item that can be recieved from Mermaid Man is his [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E6MermaidManandBarnacleBoyPickles Power Ring.Ring]].
** The [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E1HelpWantedReefBlowerTeaAtTheTreedome Hydro-Dynamic Spatula Spatula]] returns as an optional upgrade to your spatula, and its acquired by a sidequest where you [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E5PizzaDeliveryHomeSweetPineapple deliver a Krusty Krab pizza.]]
** When SpongeBob talks to some people at Goo Lagoon after obtaining the map, they will ask if he is okay, then he shows his [[Recap/SpongebobSquarepantsS1E2BubblestandRippedPants ripped pants and responds that he is not okay because of his said pants.]]


* DeathByGluttony: Among Spongebob's arsenal is the ability to launch Krabby Patties at enemies, which bloats them up enough to defeat them. This is actually required to defeat the Cowboy Fish boss in the Undersea Desert. This method is also how you defeat the Flying Dutchman, though given that he's already dead, this just tires him out instead.



* KingMook: The Mother Jellyfish boss in Jellyfish Fields.



* {{Railroading}}: Heavily downplayed. Spongebob can enter any of the four main levels in any order desired, but he needs to beat all four of them before he can enter the final level.

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* {{Railroading}}: Heavily downplayed. Spongebob can enter any of the four main levels in any order desired, but he needs to beat all four of them before he can enter the final level.level.
* ShiftingSandLand: The Undersea Desert is your typical video game desert level, and its also located in very close proximity to Jellyfish Fields given the entrance to Rock Bottom and the Dutchman's Underworld is also located there.
* ShoutOut: The Jungle Fish boss that you fight in the Kelpazoic Forest is clearly a riff on ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}''.

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* InvincibilityPowerUp: Mermaid Man's Power Ring, which gives Spongebob permanent invincibility along with increased running and jumping power.

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The plot is straightforward: one day, while SpongeBob is riding his unicycle through Jellyfish Fields, he runs into what appears to be a statue of a fry cook standing on an oven (who, curiously, was also a sponge). Intrigued, SpongeBob runs to the Krusty Krab to tell Mr. Krabs about the statue. Mr. Krabs then explains to him the statue was actually the entrance to the Flying Dutchman's underworld, and tells SpongeBob of the old legend surrounding it, that in the city of Palm Bay, there lived a master fry cook who ruled with the Golden Spatula. But Mt. Kabloovious buried Palm Bay, which ended the civilization. Then the Flying Dutchman took over the city and his first mate buried the key somewhere in Goo Lagoon. Mr. Krabs also explains that if SpongeBob manages to obtain the Golden Spatula, he will become the master fry cook. So SpongeBob sets out on an adventure to enter Palm Bay and retrieve the spatula for himself.


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** The Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, Moon Man Catcher and Ol' Reliable appear as optional upgrades to the Spatula, Net Launcher and Jellyfishing net.
** A special item that can be recieved from Mermaid Man is his Power Ring.
** The Hydro-Dynamic Spatula returns as an optional upgrade to your spatula, and its acquired by a sidequest where you deliver a Krusty Krab pizza.


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* FetchQuest: The game has a few optional sidequests that the player can perform in exchange for stronger items.
** Finding Squidward a live Jellyfish Hive in Jellyfish Fields will net you a pair of X-Ray Glasses, which allows you see whats inside a treasure chest before opening them.
** Finding Patrick's shorts for him will get you Ol' Reliable, an upgraded jellyfishing net that lets you catch enemies that you couldnt before.
** Finding Sandy's hat for her will get you the Moon Man Catcher, which gives the Net Launcher infinite ammo.
** The most elaborate of these is the sidequest for the Hydro-Dynamic Spatula, which involves Spongebob delivering a pizza to a customer in the Kelpazoic Jungle and then giving Mr. Krabs the money in exchange for it.

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* PasswordSave: The game allows you to pick up where you last left off via a rather elaborate password system.


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* AdvertisedExtra: Patrick, Sandy and Squidward are prominently featured on the games boxart, even though they only get small cameo roles in the actual game.


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* IdleAnimation: Leave Spongebob alone for a bit, and he'll start dancing in place.


''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you take control of the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loofy loofa]] through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.


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''Spongebob Squarepants: Legend of the Lost Spatula'' is a 2001 UsefulNotes/GameBoyColor game developed by Vicarious Visions and published by Creator/{{THQ}}. The Creator/{{THQ}}, notable for being the very first video game is a side scrolling platformer where you take control of based on the [[WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants world famous loofy loofa]] loony loofah]]. The game is a side scrolling platformer where you go through five different levels, fighting enemies and bosses while gaining a few new power ups along the way.

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