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. The three protagonists each have their own stories that eventually intersect with each other.
SpongeBob's story has him participate in a racing competition with several characters as well as exploring the hot rod-ified Bikini Bottom. Patrick's story has him as the superhero Starfishman, battling against the Dreaded Patrick, who wants to Take Over the City, and saving the citizens of the comic-book-esque Bikini Bottom. Plankton's story has him steal a Krabby Patty crumb and use it to create a Krabby Patty, only to end up with a giant, fish-eating Krabby Patty who he must now escape from.
Containing things like edgy versions of the SpongeBob crew, a trip inside an Alaskan Bull Worm, and a giant Plankton wrecking Bikini Bottom, this game is... interesting, to say the least. The game is also released in Japan for the Wii and PS2 versions.
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SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab provides examples of the following tropes:
- 2½D: "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.
- Accidental Hero: At the end of "Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster", the Krabby Patty grabs on to Spongebob's plane without him really knowing what's going on. The following level. "It Came From Bikini Bottom" has him repeatedly escaping from Giant Plankton with the Patty, never really realizing why Plankton is chasing him.
- This is averted in the Game Boy Advance version, which shows Spongebob rescuing the Patty from Plankton intentionally.
- 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, 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.
- All Just a Dream: While a given considering the premise, the real twist is who's actually dreaming: Gary the Snail.
- Ambiguous Ending: Shortly after the ending cutscene of Gary awakening from his nightmares, discovering the Krabby Patty that started it all and falling asleep shortly afterward, we're treated to another cutscene: showcasing Gary wandering around town and witnessing things that are similar to the events of the game. Then, he returns to SpongeBob's pineapple and goes to sleep. Or at least he tries to, because he witnesses SpongeBob being devoured by an Alaskan Bull Worm, and faints. The End.
- 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.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While trapped in an Alaskan Bull Worm, SpongeBob remarks how "It's horrible! It's slimy! It's... surprisingly spacious."
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: In the show, Old Man Jenkins, aside The Sponge Who Could Fly, only appears as a stereotype character for elders. In this game, he's a pilot that helps SpongeBob escape the Alaskan Bullworm and fight Plankton.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever:
Plankton: I'm Huge! I'm Gigantic! I'm Vast! I'm- (sees fish about as big as him)...Huh?
- In "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.
- Subverted during Plankton's first attempt to grow larger than the patty.
Fish (unaware of the patty): Morning!
Plankton: Well, It's still an improvement."
- The Bad Guy Wins: Played for Laughs at the end of "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, now that's my arch enemy defeated. Now what? Mow the lawn?
- 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" consists entirely of a series of boss fights against Giant Plankton. The fight lasts for a whopping five phases.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: SpongeBob tries to break his fall by landing on that nice, soft, Alaskan Bullworm.
- Brick Joke: Plankton's story begins with him using a shrink ray to grow a krabby patty crumb (or krumb?) into a full Krabby Patty, kickstarting the main plot. In the intro to "Hypnotic Highway", when the 'doctor' states that the events of this game is the result of someone eating a Krabby Patty, Plankton states that he has had a crumb of it.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: During "It came from Bikini Bottom", Plankton states that SpongeBob will "just be another story for my therapist." In the ending, his wish comes true.
- Bystander Syndrome: At least one of these tropes came into play on why no one bothered to even consider helping Plankton when he was chased by a giant patty, let-alone point it out. However, it's implied that Let the Bully Win is why Sandy didn't interfere and Bystander Syndrome is why the announcer and audience didn't interfere.
- Call-Back: "Revenge Of The Giant Plankton Monster" bears close resemblance to a scene from the episode "Sleepy Time", which also involves Plankton having a dream where he turns into a giant and terrorizes Bikini Bottom.
- Call-Forward: One of Plankton's lines is taken directly from The SpongeBob Movie Game.Plankton: Nothing can stop me now! Hey, SpongeFool, why don't you just give up? There's no one left to help you, no one left at all!
- The Cameo:
- Sandy appears in the background at one point during Super-Sized Patty, watching as Plankton gets chased by the patty.
- Squidward also makes a minor appearance in one of the loading screens for Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster.
- Comically Missing the Point: At the end of "Revenge of The Giant Plankton Monster", SpongeBob sees Plankton, who is 50 feet tall and holding a Krabby Patty, that there's something different about him. New haircut?
- Darker and Edgier: It's probably the darkest SpongeBob SquarePants video game ever produced, having more instances of nightmare-inducing stuff than others.
- Dark Horse Victory: In "Hypnotic Highway", when the 'doctor' establishes that there the events of this game is the result of someone eating a Krabby Patty, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton points out that they ate a Krabby Patty recently and during the race they fight over on which one of them owns the dream. So, who's dream was it? It was Gary's.
- 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", but there's still one more stage after those two.
- Dream Land: The whole game takes place in the dreams shared by SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton. Or rather, they all live in Gary's dream.
- 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.
- Dueling Player Characters: SpongeBob, Patrick and Plankton have to race against each other to win the Krabby Patty and the chance to escape their dreams in "Hypnotic Highway".
- 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.
- Earn Your Bad Ending: The most positive ending of the three characters is SpongeBob, where he cuts the giant patty into smaller ones to serve to the customers, who can be played as without any Sleepy Seeds. The endings for Patrick and Plankton have the patty become a Karma Houdini.
- 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.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Happens three times.Spongebob: I'll land on that nice, soft Alaskan Bullworm. (Beat) ALASKAN BULLWORM!?
Patrick: Nothing bad is happening. No worms, no patties, no- (Beat) ...being strapped to a dumb space rocket traveling faster than the speed of thought! Woo-hoo!
Plankton: Whew, another bad dream. Happily, all is normal. I'm fine, I'm- (Sees patty) in a great deal of trouble.
- Eye Beams: Giant Plankton's Atomic Eye Laser.
- Forced Tutorial: The anonymous Phone Guy in the earliest parts of Starfishman to the Rescue offers unskippable tutorials. It even gets lampshaded by Patrick himself.Patrick: "(To The Dreaded Patrick) You again! And there's that phone again too! Why? Why?"
- 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 temporarily freeze the Krabby Patty that's chasing him.Plankton: Good thing I'm wearing my Dispiculator.
Karen: It's just a freeze ray, dear.
Plankton: I invented it, so I get to name it. And I name it the DISPICULATOR!
- Gameplay Roulette: Each level features a different type of gameplay, whether it be racing, beat-em-up, platformer, or shmup.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The patty UFO that appears in "Rocket Rodeo" and makes small cameo in "Revenge of The Giant Plankton Monster". It only serves as something for Patrick to fight against, and it's never stated if it had connections to the patty Plankton grew.
- Godzilla Threshold: Plankton wakes up in his bed, then turns and sees the giant Krabby Patty, then he rushes over and turns himself into a giant and begins chasing the patty himself.
- Good Morning, Crono: More like "good morning 7 times". Lampshaded when Patrick states that riding an out of control rocket is a bad place to fall asleep at.
- 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.
- The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: "Super-Sized Patty" has Plankton get chased by a giant Krabby Patty that he accidentally brought to life though a malfunctioning growth ray. This situation is reversed in "Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster" when Plankton uses the ray to make himself a giant, before giving chase to the now-retreating Patty.
- Jigsaw Plot: At first all three characters' plots are presented separately, but eventually all three converge into one story.
- Kaiju: What Plankton essentially acts as in "Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster", 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 level is a reference to several kaiju films, particularly Godzilla (1954) and Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.
- Karma Houdini: The Giant Patty in the ending of both Patrick (where he avoids getting eaten by Patrick by knocking him out with the doors to Krusty Krab) and Plankton (where he destroys all of the buildings that Plankton made and when it seems the Krusty Krab will be squashed, the Chum Bucket gets flattened). Played with in that in the real world, the patty was eaten by Gary.
- Land, Sea, Sky: "Hypnotic Highway" has this dynamic with the three playable characters and their vehicles:
- SpongeBob is Land, remaining on the ground as he drives his bug-car across the track.
- Patrick is Sky, flying his rocket through the air and dodging obstacles.
- Plankton is Sea, with his hovercraft being used to traverse water, aside from the rare land section.
- 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.
- Literal-Minded: The level "StarfishMan To The Rescue" has the mayor ask Starfishman/Patrick to clean up the city. Cue Starfishman collecting laundry detergent from defeated goons to make the city 'squeaky clean'. When Starfishman tells the mayor that he has detergent to clean the city, the mayor corrects him that he already took care of Dreaded Patrick's minions. Starfishman then asks what he's supposed to do with the laundry detergent.
- 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.
- Mighty Roar: Plankton gains one as a giant.
- Mind Screw: All over the place, considering that the game is about dreams. The Ambiguous Ending that is borderline Gainax doesn't help either.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: The doctor in "Hypnotic Highway", aka The Krabby Patty. Even after he takes off his disguise, Patrick has a Delayed Reaction.
- 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 stalks 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.
- Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: The narrator says this twice, first when he calls "peaceful", and when he runs out of ideas on what to talk about in the final loading screen of "Super-Sized Patty".
- Or Was It a Dream?: After "Diesel Dreaming", the main characters tend to dismiss the previous events as nothing more then dreams. By the time "Alaskan Belly Trouble" is reached, this is evolved to Instantly Proven Wrong.
- 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.
- Pun: Given that this is a SpongeBob game, the main characters will attempt to throw puns around at every opportunity, even Plankton.SpongeBob: I'm the crank-iest! [Laughs]
Plankton: Chill out!
Plankton: Patty's on ice! For a while...
Plankton: Maybe I should give you a helping hand!
- 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.
- Silence Is Golden: The stinger in the Nintendo GameCube version, likely because of console limitations. It most certainly doesn't kill the mood though...
- 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.
- Shout-Out: Several, Diesel Dreaming pays tribute to Ratfinks, Revenge of the Giant Plankton Monster spoofs various kaiju films and B-movies, as mentioned above, and in the aforementioned level, there's an alien ship in a farm.
- Spin Attack: SpongeBob's and Patrick's primary way of attacking.
- Spoiler Cover: The game's boxart spoils the climactic showdown between SpongeBob and a giant Plankton, which only happens near the end of the game.
- Surreal Horror: The last level "Hypnotic Highway" qualifies for this.
- Tempting Fate:
Plankton: No patty is going to stop me now! [Splat] Tag. [Sigh] I'm it...
- In "Super-Sized Patty", the announcers in Oyster Stadium are hoping that a giant patty doesn't show up in the middle of a game. Sure enough, it does, and causes a particular team to lose for the 76th time in a row.
- After (seemingly) escaping the patty, Plankton goes from Dirty Coward to Smug Snake. Guess how long that lasts...
- 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.
- Underwear of Power: As Starfishman, Patrick alternates between a normal pair of blue shorts and a pair of tighty-whitey briefs each time he does his spin attack. While wearing the latter, he ends up invoking this trope as a result of him pretending to be a superhero.
- 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 one of the three playable characters.
- 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.
- What Would X Do?: When Patrick faces the patty UFO at the end of "Rocket Rodeo", he asks what SpongeBob would do: shoot it's wings!
- Your Size May Vary: The Giant Sized Patty is first shown to be much bigger then an average fish in the level named after it, but in "Hypnotic Highway", it's notably smaller then SpongeBob and Patrick.