Video game

Legend of the Lost Spatula is the first non-crossover SpongeBob SquarePants video game ever released. It was only released for the Game Boy Color on March 14, 2001.


SpongeBob SquarePants is destined to become Bikini Bottom's greatest fry cook and must embark on a quest to retrieve the "golden spatula" from the Flying Dutchman, a pirate ghost.


SpongeBob SquarePants- Legend of the Lost Spatula - 2001 - THQ, Inc.

Gameplay footage.

As SpongeBob, the player embarks on an undersea quest to find the Flying Dutchman's golden spatula to become the ocean's greatest short-order cook. Along the way, SpongeBob meets and interacts with many of the show's main characters like Mr. Krabs, Squidward, Sandy, and Patrick. The game uses elements of adventure and side-scrolling gameplay.


The game has received mostly mixed reviews. Frank Provo of GameSpot said "One could argue that SpongeBob SquarePants: Legend of the Lost Spatula is geared toward the younger audience of the TV series, which would explain the game's simplified gameplay and lack of variety. However, while the plot is endearing and the characters will no doubt appeal to the series' fans, there is no evidence to suggest that children would actually enjoy playing a game this unremarkable – let alone adults." Provo criticized the game for its "simplified gameplay" and "lack of variety," but gave praise to the graphics, saying the game "at least looks decent." Jon Griffith of IGN complimented the game as a "decent platformer" with "large levels, multiple objectives, and amusing characters" but criticized it for its password saving system, confusing level design, and difficulty in certain aspects of gameplay.


SpongeBob SquarePants Legend of the Lost Spatula Game Boy Color Longplay

SpongeBob SquarePants Legend of the Lost Spatula Game Boy Color Longplay


  • This was the first SpongeBob SquarePants video game ever to be released.
    • Despite this, it is not the first video game that SpongeBob SquarePants has been featured in; the first game in which that was the case was Nicktoons Racing released in 2000 for Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Color, even though it is a crossover game featuring tons of characters from other Nickelodeon cartoons.
  • This is the only SpongeBob SquarePants video game to be released for the Game Boy Color, unless you include the crossover game Nicktoons Racing.
  • Both of the commercials for this game and Operation Krabby Patty feature the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song.
  • The following passwords are not seen in-game work as a "debugging feature," as seen here:
    • D3BVG-M0D3 (debug mode) enters a stage select screen. Alongside, it will give the player all items; one being a Power Ring that makes the player invincible (they'll be knocked back by attacks though).
    • -THQ-0NLY- (-THQ-ONLY-) only enters stage select.
    • 1TEMS4FR33 (items for free) gives the player all items, including the Power Ring.
  • This game has a room that is not used in the final game as seen here, which appears to resemble SpongeBob's living room with speakers from the episode "Jellyfish Jam."



The Super Game Boy error screen.

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  • This game has a special error screen if the game is loaded on the Super Game Boy or Game Boy Pocket. This is because those systems aren't compatible with most Game Boy Color games. The screen shows a picture of SpongeBob's surprised face which is taken from the episode "Hooky." Additionally, this error screen has the name "SquarePants" misspelled as "Squarepants."
Video games (VE)

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