SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge is a Platform Game released for the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance in 2001. The game was developed by Climax Group and was published by THQ. It was one of the sponge's first games, preceded only by Legend of the Lost Spatula.
SpongeBob is in search of the best birthday present for his best friend, Patrick Star. And what could be better than an autograph from his favorite superheroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy? Unfortunately, they are less than happy to see SpongeBob and decide to keep him away by giving him quests that could potentially harm or kill the little sponge.
And so is the beginning of a brand new adventure where SpongeBob will journey through Bikini Bottom, Rock Bottom, through the center of the earth, and even through time to save Patrick's birthday!
It's SpongeBob's first step into the world of console platforming. Seeing the fun and lovable sponge embark on a grand journey is a pretty big step from what we've seen from his show. He is now leaping through lava, travelling through time, and closing down canning factories, all while retaining his optimistic and carefree personality.
The game is divided into five "chapters" which consist of four levels in which SpongeBob must collect four things needed to fulfill Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's requests. (e.g. Chapter One has you finding ingredients to make Mermaid Man a sandwich.)
This video game provides examples of:
- 1-Up: In the form of underpants!
- Adaptational Villainy:
- The Flying Dutchman was antagonistic in the series but here he is a world boss who tries to kill SpongeBob.
- Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy. They are much more mean-spirited here and even send SpongeBob on dangerous journeys.
- Attack Animal: The Jellyfish Net. It allows you to catch up to 5 jellyfish and toss them at other enemies to defeat them. The Jelly Launcher lets you shoot jellyfish more efficiently, carry more ammo than the net, refuel ammo with jellyfish jars, and you can hold down the shooting button to shoot five jellyfish at once.
- Badass Adorable: The perky lovable sponge is a brave little guy who goes to ridiculous lengths.
- Balloonacy: The Glove World Balloon. You can jump higher and float to the ground slower and steadier.
- Big Boo's Haunt: Graveyard, a level in Rock Bottom that is a creepy graveyard with ghosts and skeletons abound.
- Chewing the Scenery: The Flying Dutchman wants to make it really clear what his name is and that he wants to steal souls.
- Critical Annoyance: A constant beeping sound will play when you have no golden spatulas. This gets worse when you lose a life or start a level, because you will always start off with zero spatulas.
- Demoted to Extra: Manray, a recurring antagonist and arch nemesis of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy appears as a regular enemy multiple times in the game's industrial levels.
- Determinator: SpongeBob. He goes to incredible lengths in order to fulfill Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy's difficult requests.
- Easing into the Adventure: The first chapter of the game has SpongeBob collecting ingredients to make a sandwich by exploring parts of his hometown, Bikini Bottom. The levels have a rather simple, Super Mario Bros. layout by having the levels go from left to right with no exploring upwards or downwards. But the second chapter suddenly throws you into unknown territory outside of Bikini Bottom and the levels become bigger and more complex, almost dungeon-like.
- Excuse Plot: The story revolves around getting a birthday present for Patrick.
- Fetch Quest: The entire game is a quest around the world, fetching the things that Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy tell SpongeBob to get so that he can get an autograph from them.
- Gimmick Level: Sandy's Tree Dome, the only level that takes place out of water and SpongeBob must periodically jump into pools of water to replenish the water in his helmet.
- Glove Slap: Karate Glove. You can chop down your enemies with ease.
- Gotta Catch 'Em All: At the end of every level, there is an object that you must collect.
- Green Hill Zone: Jelly Fields, the first level, takes place in Jellyfish Fields with green grass and blue skies everywhere.
- Ground Pound: The butt bounce is SpongeBob's default attack.
- Hard Mode Filler: Jelly Fields (Industrial Version), a revisit to the first level, only now the level is harder.
- Law of 100: Collecting 100 golden spatulas earns you an extra life.
- Lethal Lava Land: Lava Fields, which features fireballs that jump out of lava, not unlike a Mario game.
- Mutually Exclusive Powerups: You can only carry one item at a time but luckily you can switch between them.
- No Indoor Voice: The Flying Dutchman's boss battle has him shouting out all these lines with gusto:"BET YOUR LILY WHITE LIVERS, I AM THE FLYING DUTCHMAN!!""I AM GOING TO STEAL YOUR SOUL!!""BWA HA HA HA HA!!"
- One Hitpoint Wonder: When SpongeBob has no golden spatulas on him. As long as he has one, it's a Single-Use Shield.
- Plot Coupon: You have to collect one at the end of each level to move on to the next level and eventually the next chapter.
- Remixed Level: Jelly Fields (Industrial Version). The fields are now all covered in oil and the level is a lot more difficult than last time.
- Snipe Hunt: The entire plot is Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy trying to keep SpongeBob away from them with several. Naturally, he keeps succeeding.
- Sprite/Polygon Mix: Spongebob, his friends, and some enemies are 2D sprites while some enemies and the flooring are rendered in 3D.
- Temporary Platform: The Bubble Wand. You can blow bubbles to step on them for a few seconds and you can refuel by collecting soap bottles.
- Timed Power-Up: Some power-ups only last for a limited time, such as:
- Squeaky Boots. You aren't invincible against enemies, but it will allow you to walk on spikes and dangerous surfaces.
- Karate Glove. You can chop down your enemies with ease.
- Glove World Balloon. You can jump higher and float to the ground slower and steadier.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy don't really like SpongeBob in the series, but they're downright mean-spirited here. The game even ends with Mermaid Man threatening to harm SpongeBob over not fixing the TV right.
- Video Game Settings: Despite the entire game taking place Under the Sea, it has a rather expansive set of environments outside of Bikini Bottom.
- Weapons That Suck: The Coral Blower. Allows you to pick up seashells and throw them to destroy rock walls at the cost of losing your butt bounce and a lot of friction. Doubles as an Improvised Weapon since you can kill enemies as well.
- Womb Level: Inside The Whale. You get to go inside a whale, and the boss is a giant worm. Thankfully, it's not fleshy.