The player plays as SpongeBob, Squidward, or Mr. Krabs and tries to stop Plankton's robot anchovies from reaching the Krusty Krab. There are two modes: free play and contest. In free play, the player's character must kick the robot anchovy as far as possible. In contest mode, the player must kick the robot anchovy a certain distance to progress.
The game is played by repeatedly pressing the spacebar as fast as possible. When the robot anchovy approaches, the character kicks it a certain distance depending on the power meter. To increase the distance, a meter will appear and the player must throw jellyfish (SpongeBob), plates (Squidward), or Krabby Patties (Mr. Krabs) at it when the arrow points to the green zone in the meter. Doing so will make the robot anchovy bounce higher, but if the player throws it while the arrow is in the red zone, the robot anchovy will start falling.
When the anchovy hits the ground, the player gets the distance it was flung in free play mode and that is the final score. In contest mode, if the player kicks the robot anchovy far enough the distance is added to their score and they move on to the next wave. If the player did not kick the anchovy far enough they have to try again or give up. Contest mode automatically ends if the player does not reach the required distance in three tries and it is game over.