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Video game

Lights, Camera, Pants! is a SpongeBob SquarePants video game that was released in 2005. It is a party game consisting of more than 30 mini-games to play.


The producer of the superhero show The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy (Gill Hammerstein) is filming a special episode in Bikini Bottom and using the locals as actors. All of your favorites are desperate to impress the talent scouts who have created a series of action-packed challenges to test the wannabe stars. Join SpongeBob and his friends as you compete against your friends for 9 different roles, including the coveted super villain role, the Sneaky Hermit.


  • 28 artwork and 27 action figure unlockables each, making for a total of 55 major unlockables.
  • 30 auditions to choose from.
  • Journey to various Bikini Bottom locations like the Krusty Krab to gain roles in the new episode of The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.


The following is a list of mini-games (referred to as auditions in the game) available in the game:

The Krusty Krab

  • Flippin' Out (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Order Up (2 vs 2 Player)
  • The Bouncers (2 vs 2 Player)

Goo Lagoon

  • Inflatable Pants (4 Player)
  • Weight & Sea (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Surf Resc-Goo (4 Player)

Mrs. Puff's Boating School

  • Goo-Ladiators (4 Player)
  • Pedal of Honor (4 Player)
  • Floor It! (4 Player)

The Sand Stadium

  • Rock Bottom (4 Players)
  • Jig on the Brig (4 Player)
  • Beats Me (4 Player)

The Chum Bucket

  • Machine Meltdown (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Surface Tension (4 Player)
  • Charge! (4 Player)

Jellyfish Fields

  • Jellyfish Jamboree (4 Player)
  • Jellyfish Swish (4 Player)
  • The Tide Piper (2 vs 2 Player)

Bikini Bottom Jail

  • Seahorse Stampede (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Breakin' Out (4 Player)
  • Rubble Rabble (2 vs 2 Player)

Downtown Bikini Bottom

  • Blisterin' Barnacles (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Rope Burn (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Flingin' & Swingin' (2 vs 2 Player)

Bonus games

  • Mother of Pearl (4 Player)
  • Hook, Line, & Cheddar (4 Player)
  • Tethered & Weathered (2 vs 2 Player)
  • Loot Scootin' (4 Player)

Tiebreaker games

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors (2 or 4 Player Tiebreaker)
  • Two Up (3 Player Tiebreaker)

Playable characters

Locations, hosts, and roles

The game has a variety of locations and hosts, who judge the players for a specific role.

Nickelodeon Cross Save Bonuses

Bonuses can be unlocked by having save files for Barnyard, Nicktoons Unite!, and Tak: The Great Juju Challenge on a memory card.


Game Boy Advance Version


Screenshot of the Game Boy Advance version.

When an episode of the popular series "The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy" is supposed to be filmed in Bikini Bottom and Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy do not show up, with the show in danger of being canceled, the show's producer, Gill Hammerstein, makes it SpongeBob's job to find Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and gain roles for him and Squidward for the show to go on.


  • Journey to various stages, winning roles along the way.
  • Fight Man Ray in ways spoofing off that of Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Participate in a variety of mini-games when you need a break from the main game.
  • Numerous cameo appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series.
  • The GBA version of this game is based on Super Mario Bros. 2.

Playable Characters

  • SpongeBob SquarePants - he can inflate himself to fall down slowly, and kill nearby enemies.
  • Patrick Star - he can ground pound on rocks to destroy them, and hurls ice cream at enemies.
  • Squidward Tentacles - he can double jump in midair, and he blows a clarinet note that can pass through enemies.
  • Sandy Cheeks - she can walk on metal spikes and can punch enemies.

PC Version


Gameplay screenshot of PC version

When an episode of the popular series The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy is supposed to be filmed in Bikini Bottom and nobody shows up to audition except for one yellow sponge, the show is put on hold. With the show in danger of being canceled, the show's producer, Gill Hammerstein, makes it SpongeBob's job to collect props and find actors for the show to go on.


  • Journey to various locations in Bikini Bottom, locating characters along the way.
  • Use SpongeBob to perform mini-missions and tasks for other characters in Bikini Bottom, convincing them to be on the TV Show!
  • Participate in a variety of Mini-Games when you need a break from the Main Game.
  • Numerous cameo appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series.
  • Select cast and props of your movie then watch it.


East Bikini Bottom

South Bikini Bottom

West Bikini Bottom

North Bikini Bottom


GameCube Version


SpongeBob SquarePants Lights, Camera, Pants! - Full GameCube walkthrough

Xbox Version


SpongeBob SquarePants Lights, Camera, Pants! - Full Xbox walkthrough

Game Boy Advance Version


SpongeBob SquarePants Lights, Camera, Pants! - Full Game Boy Advance walkthrough

PC Version


SpongeBob SquarePants Lights, Camera, Pants! - Full PC walkthrough

International covers


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"Patrick! You're spraying the camera with Cheese Fizz!"

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  • All versions of this game have backward compatibility.
    • The PlayStation 2 version can be played on old PlayStation 3 units.
    • The GameCube version can be played on older Wii units.
    • The Game Boy Advance version can be played on all DS and DS Lite units.
    • The Xbox version can be played on all Xbox 360 and Xbox One units.
    • The PC version can be played on all older computer units.
  • The gameplay aspect and the mini-game format were possibly influenced by the famed Mario Party titles.
    • Some people also describe this as a SpongeBob version of Mario Party due to the mini-games.
    • However, the gameplay of the Game Boy Advance version resembles Super Mario Bros. 2 more.
  • When SpongeBob goes to the Mermalair, he can be heard saying Bad Word #11.
  • Whenever SpongeBob wins an audition, one of his phrases is "Go self!" This phrase is heard in the pilot episode "Help Wanted."
  • The art work for both Beware the Hooks and SpongeBob SquarePants Has Hit Rock Bottom was also used for the cover of the two digital media with the same name.
  • The title of this video game is a parody of the phrase "Lights, Camera, ACTION!"
  • SpongeBob is shown riding a unicycle, but in the console versions of the game, when he is a police officer, he rides a normal bicycle instead of his unicycle, but the colors are the same.
  • This is Bubble Bass' second appearance in a video game. The first was in Legend of the Lost Spatula.
  • In the PC version, when SpongeBob has to catch Man-Ray, SpongeBob was unable to catch him. When that happened, he said "He so amazing! I must do something to stop him and convince him to be in the show. Let's see... in episode 17 of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy... Aha! They used the tickle belt on him!" In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III," when he was talking about the tickle belt, he said that it was from episode 17, a reference to this game.
  • The camp tent is also seen in "Arrgh!"
  • The PC version of this game has several similarities to the PC version of The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie video game and Employee of the Month.
  • This is the last SpongeBob game released for the Xbox.
  • In the beginning scene of the featured "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy episode," where the duo is watching the musical performance, the narrator of the episode says, "Amongst them are Bikini Bottom's finest crime fighters, and also...these guys (referring to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy)."
    • This could be a reference to the beginning scene of "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy IV," when the French Narrator says, "Through these doors pass all the many kinds of undersea life...and also these guys (referring to Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy)."
  • In the UK and outside-US countries, the cover art is different, featuring all of the main characters getting prepared for the movie.
  • The plot of the PC version has some similarities to "Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy VI: The Motion Picture."
  • This marks the only appearance of the Tentacle Acres Cocoa Shop (PC version only). It didn't appear in Tentacle Acres' debut in "Squidville."
  • This is the only time Don the Whale becomes a prison guard.
  • The Sneaky Hermit's wedding photo features the Hermit as the bride when the role is given to either SpongeBob, Patrick, or Sandy; and as the groom when it's Squidward, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton.
  • The Game Boy Advance version's gameplay style would later be reworked for the Game Boy Advance version of the 2006 game X-Men: The Official Game, which was also developed by WayForward Technologies.
  • In comparison, SpongeBob's movie is different than the others.
  • The theme used for the minigame "The Bouncers" is a remake of a theme by the same composer from another video game 3-D Body Adventure. The original can be heard here.
  • There's the cheat code 977548, which can unlock a special feature.
  • There is a coloring error in the game with Squidward and Plankton wherein some mini-games ("Charge!" and "Inflatable Pants" being notable examples), Plankton will have blue and Squidward will have green. Plankton may also sometimes have gray, although this is probably because of his robot.
  • The PlayStation 2, GameCube, and Xbox versions have the same gameplay, while the Game Boy Advance and PC versions each have their gameplay style.
  • As of this video game, Man Ray is now voiced by Bob Joles. He was previously voiced by John Rhys-Davies in the episodes "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III" and "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy V," which had both premiered before this video game was released in October 2005.
  • This marks the only time that the Dirty Bubble is voiced by Charles Nelson Reilly in a video game before his death in 2007.
  • This is the third appearance of Inflatable pants. The first was in "Patty Hype" and the second was in "The Sponge Who Could Fly."
  • Patrick's third-place image is the same as when he was grumpy in "Valentine's Day."
  • Gill Hammerstein's voice is a lot deeper in the PC version of the game.
  • The "Rock Bottom" mini-game can give different characters a different max score.
    • Squidward's has the lowest max score (1,000), Sandy has the highest max score (1,036), and everyone else has a max score of 1,003.
  • In some concept art found in the PlayStation's 2 cross save, it shows that Monty P. Moneybags may have had Gill Hammerstein's role, before getting replaced.
    • If that were the case, this could have been Monty P. Moneybags' first, and only, appearance in a video game.
  • In concept art it shows the "Rock, Paper, Scissors" mini-game didn't use bubbles, instead it was a newspaper, a normal rock, and a pair of tongs.
    • Because of the use of tongs, in concept art, the mini-game may have been called "Rock, Paper, Tongs."
  • There is a way to get all of the cross save rewards (only in the PlayStation 2 version) without owning the other three games (Barnyard, Nicktoons Unite, Tak: The Great Juju Challenge), this is done by entering the cheat 2229074466, which unlocks everything.
  • In concept art for the "Rock Bottom" mini-game, it shows that SpongeBob may have played a saxophone.
  • The Game Boy Advance version of this game and The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie game share the same sprites for SpongeBob and Patrick.


  • In the Lookout scene, if Sandy is the lookout, Mermaid Man will call Sandy a sea creature instead of a land creature.
  • In this video game, the Krusty Krab has waiters. However, the Krusty Krab is not that kind of restaurant, as it is an undersea fast-food restaurant.
    • Although, it is possible that the Krusty Krab was temporarily set up like this for the "filming" of the MM and BB episode.

"SpongeBob" is written as "Sponge Bob."

  • In the official list of backward compatible Xbox games for the Xbox 360 "SpongeBob" is mistakenly spelled as "Sponge Bob." The other SpongeBob games on the list don't have this same mistake.

Roger Bumpass.

  • In the credits on all versions, Rodger Bumpass is misspelled as Roger Bumpass.
  • In the console version, Joe Alaskey is misspelled as Jow Alaskey.
  • In the Gold and silver versions of the Cosmo & Wanda action figures Cosmo doesn't have a unique face, instead, they reused Timmy Turner's face.
  • In the minigame "Breakin' Out" Squidward's eyelids are shown black instead of PMS 333 color.
  • In the minigame "Beats Me," when Squilliam says, "1, 2, 3," his voice sounds like Squidward's.
  • In the minigame "Rubble Rabble" when Patrick or Plankton hits a green dust boulder, their voice clips are swapped.


Generally, as seen by gaming reviews and by the overall opinion of fans, Lights, Camera, Pants! was viewed as one of the better SpongeBob-based video games made.


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