Top 10 SpongeBob Games (in chronological order)
Spongebob Square pants is one of Nickelodeon’s largest franchises, loved by kids around the world since its inception in 1999. With a cast of unique marine animals – or very tenacious land, in Sandy’s case – living a life that constantly oscillates between the banal and the extraordinary, Spongebob has earned its place in the animation halls of fame.
Like any great franchise, it has spawned its fair share of spinoffs and adaptations, not the least of which are ties to video games. Covering genres from action to adventure to platforming and sports, the Spongebob video games are full of hijinks just as wacky as the show. This is where the long line of Spongebob the games have started.
ten SpongeBob: The Legend of the Lost Spatula (Gameboy Color, 2001)
SpongeBob SquarePants debut in the video game saw him embark on a quest to retrieve the Flying Dutchman’s Golden Spatula. A pixelated 2D side-scrolling, the game uses a fun health mechanic worthy of the absorbent, yellow, porous protagonist.
When SpongeBob is hit by an enemy, his clothes fly off one by one; first a powerup jacket, then his pants, and finally his signature tights. After losing his underwear, SpongeBob SquarePants is finally defeated.
9 SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty (Windows, 2001)
The first SpongeBob game for PC was a collection of minigames that used a branching story path based on which side of the bed the player decides to wake up to.
On the right side, Plankton implements a plan to steal the infamous Krabby Patty formula using a robotic double from Mr. Krabs. On the wrong side, Plankton instead steals SpongeBob’s pet Gary, holding him for ransom and extorting SpongeBob for those precious krabby patties.
8 SpongeBob: SuperSponge (PlayStation and Game Boy Advance, 2001)
The third part of the Spongebob The video game franchise is a throwback to the platform genre, this time divided into five chapters. SpongeBob SquarePants travel to downtown Bikini Bottom, the Center of the Earth, the prehistoric past, the town of Rock Bottom, and an industrial district of Bikini Bottom to collect the items needed by the superhero sidekick Barnacle Boy.
A variety of upgrades and bonuses are also included, allowing SpongeBob SquarePants to tackle any obstacle. The PS1 version in particular was very popular, selling over a million copies.
7 SpongeBob: Employee of the Month (Windows, 2002)
Employee of the month is a point-and-click adventure game that follows SpongeBob SquarePants in his efforts to reach Neptune’s Paradise Theme Park after receiving two tickets for his outstanding performance as a Fried Cook.
Nothing is going well for him, of course, and he’s enveloped in a complicated mess involving magical rainstorms, angry bus drivers, and the Flying Dutchman himself. Like point-and-click, he must collect a wide range of items to use in very specific situations to finally reach the theme park of his dreams.
6 SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman (PlayStation 2, GameCube & Game Advance, 2002)
The first truly 3D game in the Spongebob series, Revenge of the Flying Dutchman The player explores different areas of the TV show to collect clues eventually leading to the Flying Dutchman’s buried treasure.
As in many adventure games of the time, SpongeBob SquarePants must unlock a new ability to move on to the next area and can switch between those abilities to solve the challenges presented to him. A 2D version was also released for the Gameboy Advance, with a similar story.
5 SpongeBob SquarePants: Collapse (Windows, 2003)
Scoring the first instance of a Spongebob game where the player does not directly control the titular sponge, Collapse is a kind of reverseTetris. The player starts a race against the clock to eliminate the colored blocks by choosing groups to eliminate.
Meanwhile, new rows of blocks rise from below. Jellyfish, anchors, and other themed bonuses and obstacles also weave their way through the grid. It probably would have been better as a mobile game, but SpongeBob would debut on mobile with a different title …
4 Fantastic SpongeBob Darts (Windows & Mobile, 2003)
The first one Spongebob game available for mobile phones and another incredibly simplistic installment, Darts concerns one thing and only one thing; Throw knives at SpongeBob SquarePants.
As Squidward and Patrick watch with glee, SpongeBob is strapped to a spinning wheel like a magician’s assistant. The player is then invited to strike targets arranged around the wheel with knives, spears and scythes, ideally without piercing the sponge. Despite the name, no darts are to be seen in the gameplay.
3 SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube & Windows, 2003)
One of the most loved Spongebob games of all time, Bikini Bottom Battle was a return to the 3D world as SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends defend their city against an army of attacking robots. In his heart, Bikini Bottom Battle is a platform game and sees the player collecting currencies and collectibles to advance.
Patrick and Sandy are also playable in this game, each with their own unique abilities. Bikini Bottom Battle remains a favorite among fans of the series and has even seen a full remake for modern platforms in 2020.
2 SpongeBob SquarePants and Friends in Freeze Frame Frenzy (Gameboy Advance, 2004)
Alternatively titled Nicktoons: Freeze Frame Frenzy, this return to portable platforms is a crossover event with other Nicktoons universes including those of Jimmy Neutron, My godfathers are magic, and Rugrats.
The gameplay has the characters taking pictures to identify the characters who belong and who do not belong to the scene, as well as other elements to advance their score. Robots are also making a comeback, with each level containing a robotic version of a character from this world.
1 SpongeBob SquarePants Traveling With Friends (PlayStation 2, 2004)
Another global Nicktoons game, Move with friends required the PlayStation EyeToy to play. A pioneer in motion controls like the Xbox Kinect or the PlayStation Move, the EyeToy allowed gamers to control the game only with their body.
To move is a collection of mini games including bowling, burger flipping and driving. Players can also try out mini-games with the characters from FAir odd parents and Danny Phantom if underwater adventures are not enough.
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