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  • Accidental Innuendo: The banter between SpongeBob and the ghost pirates in the Flying Dutchman's Graveyard. Due to the way they talk about the "booty" (as in "treasure"), it can be downright hilarious for older players to listen to. Here's a montage of the hilarious banter.
  • Awesome Music: The Mermaid Man outfit theme, which is generally considered to be the best costume-track in the whole game.
  • Critical Backlash: While it might not be as fondly viewed as SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, there are some fans who played it back in the day and might admit to some of its flaws, but still consider it a decent game.
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  • Cult Classic: The game is starting to be seen as this by the many people who have played it back when they were kids and, as such, have very fond memories of it when they got older.
  • Memetic Mutation: The lifeguards in Goo Lagoon have become a meme associated with the game, due to their Narmy accents, and how they pause, and then reset the music when they talk. They also only have four lines, and seem weirdly mad with Spongebob running on the beach.
"Hey, no running on the beach"
  • Squick: The Dutchman's lost "treasures" are actually old and gross possessions he had when he was alive, and they're pretty disgusting to look at by SpongeBob standards. Naturally, you get a quip from the kids in the background saying "EWWWWWW!" whenever you collect one.
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  • That One Sidequest:
    • The Jellyfishing contest in Jellyfish Fields is infamous for being a massive brick wall that left many a kid stumped due to the sheer amount of Guide Dang It! in it. To clarify, the quest requires you to have 100 jellyfish, but there's only 84 jellyfish in the jellyfish fields area. The 100 jellyfish are actually the total jellyfish caught in the game, and the only indications of this are an easily-missable message that only appears when you're first given the task and the objective list in the game's pause menu. So, if you aren't paying attention when given the task and don't bother with checking the objective list, you won't realize that you already have the 100 jellyfish (and that's assuming you've already caught 16 jellyfish in the other sections of the game). What's worse is that this quest has to be completed in order to obtain the Reef Blower and two of the SPONGEBOB letters.
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    • The Chum Putt course in Chum World is another potential brick wall. The course makes you use your Reef Blower to get a ball to hit 10 goals, but the problem is that the ball's physics are very slippery and imprecise. Combine with some tricky obstacles to get past, and you get a very tedious mini-game.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: While the game's been somewhat Vindicated by History, it has some flaws that cannot be overlooked. These include repetitive music for the costumes, sluggish controls, an at times unresponsive camera, frame rate drops during certain sections, unsatisfactory enemies and combat, a disappointing ending, and no clear indication of objectives. Fortunately, THQ (along with Heavy Iron Studios) got the formula right a year later with SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  • Uncanny Valley: Some players feel this game is full of this. Primarily due to the somewhat primitive graphics as well as the game's levels being very lifeless and empty.
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