I have so much to say about SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. I barely remember playing this when I was younger at my friend's house, but have fond memories of doing so. As I played it for review, it was almost like a first playthrough. There were a few elements that I remember, but honestly not much. From the moment I launched this beautiful remaster, I was automatically happy singing along to the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song. As a woman in her late 20's, I still love the classics I use to watch as a kid, and Spongebob to me is a part of those classics.
You have three options of characters; SpongeBob (of course), Patrick and Sandy. Each of these characters have special and unique abilities that you can use during gameplay. At the beginning you start as SpongeBob and learn how to play in the very pineapple he lives in. This was very cool because the developers really took a lot of time in creating SpongeBob's house to be authentic and recreating it from the show we all love. You can tell that a lot of love and care went into not only look prettier from its original version, but to make fans happy as well.
Do you like collect-a-thon games? If so, this game is for you! From shiny objects, golden spatulas, golden underwear, to Patrick's smelly socks, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated will keep you playing for hours. Along with defeating enemies and bosses, you'll have enough side quests to keep even the youngest of players entertained. For the most part, you'll be travelling by taxi to different areas within Bikini Bottom, each with their own setting and design. You'll be solving fairly simple puzzles to others that will take a little more thought to figure out. Each of your pals, SpongeBob, Sandy and Patrick all have a role to play in the areas of Bikini Bottom. Sandy can glide with her lasso rope, SpongeBob can boost jump upwards to smash things above him, and Patrick... what can Patrick do again? Oh that's right! He can throw an ice cube at bodies of water and freeze them, making you able to walk on water... I mean ice.
I was interested to see what SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated had to offer with regards to Multiplayer and managed to play with my best friend and his daughter. I have to say, I have mixed feelings. For the most part, we had a lot of fun, but it didn't come without some issues. Multiplayer is set up as 26 islands consisting of three waves of enemies each that you will experience within the main campaign. Gameplay was smooth for a short period of time before the lag and decreased frame rate made it a little harder to enjoy the experience in the later stages when things became much more chaotic. It was not unplayable, but it slowed down the process and resulted in unfair deaths quite a few times. The frame rate and lag was at its worst when there was a lot of enemies and action going on. I found the different levels entertaining to battle on though, ranging from small and large levels within the ocean. Overall, I'm not saying I don't like Multiplayer mode, but I am a little bummed out it worked out the way it did and had no reason to replay it again after we finished it.
The amount of charm that went into the main campaign was truly appreciated and brought back nostalgia from when I used to play the older SpongeBob games on Gamecube back in the day. The classic theme song at the beginning sets the tone for an exciting adventure with SpongeBob and the gang, instantly puting a smile on your face. Throughout the campaign the music and visuals fit the environment and SpongeBob setting perfectly, like it was taken directly from the show. I'm beyond happy that I got to experience SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom years later with a new coat of paint and a lot of heart and soul.
It makes me happy that THQ Nordic and Purple Lamp Studios took their time to make a proper remaster with more than just a simple shiny coat of paint, and it shows in the final product. Other than the multiplayer being a slight issue, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a solid choice for any SpongeBob veteran. It's not very often that a classic is showcased so well that it even makes me reminisce of how awesome my childhood really was. I've always been a fan of SpongeBob SquarePants, from the TV Shows to their games back in the day, and it still makes me happier than Mr. Krabs seeing money, especially this remaster. Well, I gotta keep exploring Bikini Bottom to help stop Plankton!
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