This is the page about the 2020 video game. For other uses, see Battle for Bikini Bottom (disambiguation).
Video game

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated is a 3D platforming video game based on SpongeBob SquarePants. It was officially released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on June 23, 2020.[2]

Rehydrated is a remake of the Heavy Iron Studios version of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom, which was originally released in 2003. The player controls SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy to defend Bikini Bottom from a robot army created by Plankton. Rehydrated includes all of the original game's content and adds a new multiplayer mode, which will feature content that was cut from the original game.[3]

Rehydrated was being developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic. It was officially revealed on June 5, 2019; the first gameplay footage was shown at Gamescom 2019 a month later.[4] Special physical editions were made available for pre-order in October 2019;[5] digital pre-orders became available on April 16, 2020.


The game follows the same plot as the original. THQ Nordic's announcement featured the following overview: "Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots? Of course, you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn’t you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!"[6]


All of the following voice roles were performed for the original Battle for Bikini Bottom. The archived recordings of the original lines were reused for Rehydrated.

In the credits, Brad Abrell is misspelled as "Brad Arbe," and Larry the Lobster is misspelled as "Lary the Lobster."

Mr. Krabs and Mermaid Man are the only two characters who are not voiced by their original actors, Clancy Brown and Ernest Borgnine, and are instead both voiced by Joe Whyte. Tim Conway passed away in 2019, making Rehydrated's use of his archived recordings as Barnacle Boy his first posthumous role.

Karen Plankton appears throughout the Chum Bucket without any spoken lines. Several incidental fish models also appear as non-speaking background characters.


Battle for Bikini Bottom Rehydrated unfinal concept art

Concept art

There have been online petitions from fans wanting a Battle for Bikini Bottom remake as far back as 2014.[7][8][9] According to Gematsu, the game is "faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor."[6]

THQ Nordic created a Flash-animated teaser trailer to announce the game. In it, SpongeBob wears his helmet from the original Battle for Bikini Bottom and even does the original pose from the box art. The trailer was released alongside a piece of concept artwork, showing shaded artwork of the playable characters: SpongeBob on top of a defeated robot, Patrick eating a throw fruit, and Sandy swinging on her lasso.

Rehydrated will also feature content that was cut from the original iteration of the game, including Robo-Squidward.[3] A well-known speedrunner of the original game, known as SHiFT, helped to test the remake and consulted with the developers.

Special bonuses

SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - Shiny Edition Trailer - Rehydrated

SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - Shiny Edition Trailer - Rehydrated

Shiny Edition Trailer

SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - F.U.N

SpongeBob SquarePants Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - F.U.N. Edition Trailer - Rehydrated

F.U.N. Edition Trailer

Players who pre-ordered Rehydrated digitally on Steam received a 10% discount on the pre-tax purchase price, as well as free access to the game's remastered soundtrack.[10]

THQ Nordic also created two physical special editions of Rehydrated:[5] the Shiny Edition (priced at USD$150) and the F.U.N. Edition (priced at USD$300).[11]

The Shiny Edition, named after the Shiny Objects, contained the game on the user's chosen platform, an 8"/20cm SpongeBob figurine, a set of wall stickers, a set of litographs, and a pair of Battle for Bikini Bottom-themed tennis socks.[5][11] The SpongeBob figurine features him holding a Golden Spatula while performing a victory screech, with Gary next to him, both standing on top of a broken Slick head. SpongeBob is held up by bubbles behind him, and his tongue is flexible and can be moved up or down.[12]

The F.U.N. Edition, named after the eponymous episode, contained all of the contents from the Shiny Edition, a 7"/18cm Patrick figurine, an 8"/20cm Sandy figurine, and a set of keyrings featuring the tikis from the game.[5][11] The Patrick figurine features him holding a Throw Fruit while standing on the pieces of another, broken Throw Fruit, with two of his socks nearby. The Sandy figurine features her swinging her lasso above her head, standing in front of a Wood Tiki, with bubbles rising from the ground behind her.[12]


Rehydrated Soundtrack Cover

The SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated Soundtrack was officially released on June 23, 2020, the same day the game released. The soundtrack features all 15 tracks from the original game, fully remastered in high quality.[13]

Track Length
Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated 3:04
Jellyfish Fields - Rehydrated 3:03
Goo Lagoon - Rehydrated 2:59
Downtown Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated 3:00
Poseidome - Rehydrated 3:06
The Mermalair - Rehydrated 3:02
Rock Bottom - Rehydrated 2:57
Slide - Rehydrated 3:06
Industrial Park - Rehydrated 2:52
Flying Dutchman's Graveyard - Rehydrated 2:47
Kelp Forest - Rehydrated 3:05
Kelp Caves - Rehydrated 6:11
SpongeBob's Dream - Rehydrated 3:04
Boss Fight - Rehydrated 0:45
Chum Bucket - Rehydrated 3:00


For level-specific changes, see the level's article.
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(Left)Original opening sequence (Right)Redesigned intro sequence

The following is a list of general gameplay and graphical changes in Rehydrated compared to the original console games:

  • The graphics and visuals are significantly improved. As part of this, many of the tikis and robots have received redesigns and the character models have changed.
    • Purple Lamp Studios noted that the original game's 3D model for SpongeBob was based on his season 2 design.[14] In this game, SpongeBob appears to be based on his season 12 design.
    • Other small details have also been added or changed to reference newer episodes since the original game's release.[14]
    • The opening scene from the original was done in a 3D plane albeit designed for 4:3, though the background outside of it is shown using unofficial widescreen/fov hacks and the beach background was dithered plus the "SpongeBob SquarePants in" logo was present; this version was redone using the 2016 opening part of the FMV footage.
  • Danger areas appear on the ground for projectiles that can hurt the player, including Tar-Tar's shots, Chuck's missiles, and Robo-Patrick's toxic waste.
  • Robots' eyes are green when idle, but now turn red when chasing the player, similar to the buckethead enemies' antennas from The SpongeBob Movie Game.
  • Character animations are more fluid. Characters move and emote more naturally during conversations, and their mouths fully articulate instead of just flapping up and down.
  • All three playable characters feature new idle animations.
  • Mr. Krabs' prices of Shiny Objects for Golden Spatulas are increased. Instead of adding 500 more per price, he now adds 3,000 more Shiny Objects to each price upon buying one.
  • The Golden Spatula collection in the pause menu is replaced by a map of the game's levels.
  • Karen appears throughout the Chum Bucket in a new design that is a mix of her wall form and mobile form: the monitor is attached to the wall and has a control panel like her wall form, but it also has a stalk under it like her mobile form. In the original version of the game, her wall form was used.
  • A new sound effect plays when advancing through menus and text boxes.
  • Golden Spatulas, Underwear, Patrick's socks, and level-specific items are contained in bubbles instead of simply floating.
  • If the player uses Sandy's lasso move in mid-air, Sandy will now stay in mid-air for a second.
  • If the player uses Sandy's lasso move on a tiki, that tiki will now contract for a second before it breaks.
  • The player can now use Patrick's forward belly attack in mid-air.
  • Timers now appear in the center of the screen instead of in a box in the upper-right corner.
  • The Bubble Bowl now follows the camera in the center upon preparing to throw it.
  • While SpongeBob is in his SpongeBall form, he can now jump.
  • When using the Cruise Bubble, the bubble torpedo is now followed in third person rather than first person.
  • Patrick now slides on his back rather than his butt.
  • The player can now control sliding down much easier.
  • Boss battles are slightly faster.
  • Boss battles are now only fought one time whereas in the original, players can reenter the boss fights. This make it impossible to rewatch the ending.
  • During the opening cutscene, the cuts are replaced with fades to and from a black screen. Also, there was a bubble transition to SpongeBob's house which was removed, though the bubble sounds are still intact.
  • Subtitles are now shown during cutscenes in addition to in-game conversations.
  • Before a conversation begins or before you read a sign, there is an abrupt cut to black before fading up.
  • The push-buttons have been modified to determine what action is needed to press it; for example, a bowling pin represents the Bubble Bowl, while a crosshairs symbol represents the Cruise Bubble.
  • Cutscenes can now be skipped.
  • In the secret ending, SpongeBob no longer wears his Krusty Krab hat.
  • The title screen and secret ending include the official theme song instead of the version made for the original game.
  • Loading screens appear each time after the player loses all underpants or fall into a death pit.
  • The background for SpongeBob's Dream is replaced with a blue sky with clouds and rainbows.
  • The player must now hold the action button for Sandy to use her Lasso on the Texas Trailer Hitches.


  • This is the first SpongeBob SquarePants video game:
    • to be released through Steam;
    • to be released for the PC since SpongeBob and the Clash of Triton in 2011;
    • where the PC version is the same as the console versions;
    • developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic;
    • released for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One;
    • to use Unreal Engine 4 as the game engine; and
    • to be a remake of an older SpongeBob game.
  • Multiple retailers, including Walmart, broke the street date on releasing Rehydrated, which was set on June 23, 2020. People were reportedly able to purchase and play the game at least a week in advance of the intended release date.[15][16]
  • This is the second SpongeBob game to have an ESRB rating of E10+,[17] following Plankton's Robotic Revenge. The original Battle for Bikini Bottom was rated Everyone[18]; the "Everyone 10+" rating did not exist until 2005, two years after the original game was released.[19]

Karen's design

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SpongeBob making the surprised face.

  • In the Jellyfish Fields level, when SpongeBob says to Squidward, "Oh my gosh -- you're bald!" he makes his surprised face from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.
  • The box art uses the 2009-2017 version of the SpongeBob SquarePants logo instead of the version of the logo being used at the time of the game's release.
  • The game's box art features a few key changes:
    • SpongeBob is in the same pose from the original game's box art, except his eyelids are fully open with only one "brow" furrowed instead of both and he is not wearing an army helmet.
    • The box art for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions depict the Krusty Krab in front of the lighthouse. The box art for the Nintendo Switch version adds SpongeBot SteelPants above the characters, but the Krusty Krab is missing from the shot. The box art for the PC version fits both the Krusty Krab and SpongeBot SteelPants.
  • The internal name of the game is "Pineapple," according to the game files.



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