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Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a remake of the 2003 PS2, Xbox, GC era cult classic Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom. Developed by Austrian company Purple Lamp Studios and Published by THQ Nordic, Rehydrated sets out to give original fans a carefully crafted wave of nostalgia while also enticing new Spongebob fans, young and old. Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is out now and Available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC.
Battle for Bikini Bottom plays out like a single player collectathon version of a Spongebob Squarepants episode; Spongebob and Patrick are playing Robots and Race Horses when they decide to use a magic wishing shell to wish for real robots to play with. This occurs at the same time Plankton finishes crafting a duplicator pumping out robots with the intention of stealing the Krabby Patty formula once and for all. Plankton loses control over the robots and they take over Bikini Bottom overnight. Spongebob and Patrick, not knowing of Plankton’s plan, believe their wish came true and set off to fix all the problems the robots caused before they are discovered as the source of the robots.
Similar to the Original Game, you play as Spongebob Squarepants, Patrick Star, and Sandy Cheeks in a 3D platformer across a dozen or so levels. Every character looks and sounds great. Some of the voice cast sounds off but with key members of the cast passing away over the years that’s to be expected. Each of the dozen or so levels take you through the most noticeable locations of Bikini Bottom with multiple segments and objectives that reward you for exploring. While cleaning robots out of places like Rock Bottom, Jellyfish Fields, and even the Flying Dutchman’s Ship you will be on the lookout for several types of collectibles. Golden Spatulas are your reward for completing objectives and are used to unlock different locations. Patrick has missing socks hidden throughout the game that he will reward you for collecting. Lastly, there are shiny objects which are commonly found and can be traded to Mr. Krabs for more Spatulas.
Gameplay is exactly what you would imagine from a 2000’s platformer. There are three different attack buttons, a jump button, and some special buttons on the triggers. Each character has a variation of the move set but no one feels really distinct. You primarily play as Spongebob with the ability to swap into Patrick or Sandy at bus stops you find at certain parts on the map. I had a few issues with some platform segments where I’d be jumping through what looks like the main path and getting hit with an invisible wall. I died multiple times because of odd timing things like Spongebobs swing attack not connecting with enemies i was closing in on. Or when i was running low on Underpants, the form of health in-game, they would disappear when I went to collect them.
This remake has improved value over the original with Purple Lamp Studios adding content cut from the original release. There’s an extra story mission with Patrick, an extra boss phase and a multiplayer horde mode that have been added. The Multiplayer Mode is a nice addition but as it stands there’s only one map and one boss. I would love for some of the other bosses to get added to this mode. That would add much more replay value to this mode.
Spongebob Squarepants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated wears its nostalgia on its sleeve. The game is fully faithful to the 2003 original with Bikini Bottom being as sprawling and worth exploring as you remember it. Some of the platforming bits and attack delays can be infuriating but outside of those there isn’t much of a challenge. With this not being a Dark Souls game that is perfectly acceptable. The cut content adds to the package with the Horde mode being a great way to play some couch co-op. So if you have a Spongebob lover in your life or you just want a fun 10 hour story mode to take up a bit of time Spongebob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is worth a pick up.