The game's story begins on a military cargo ship. The ship's captain realizes his radio's batteries are low, so he orders an ensign to get him some fresh batteries. The ensign goes to retrieve the batteries, but accidentally trips and drops the batteries into the ocean. The batteries sink downward to Bikini Bottom and land right in front of the Chum Bucket.
Plankton discovers the batteries scattered all over his yard. He then gets the idea to take all the batteries and use their power to create an entire robot army, as well as several giant battle mechs for himself and his family. With his new mech, Plankton heads over to the Krusty Krab and demands that the Krabby Patty Secret Formula be surrendered to him. Mr. Krabs, naturally, won't give in, but that doesn't deter Plankton, who proceeds to steal the safe with the formula inside, along with a map that shows the location of three keys that unlock the safe. However, SpongeBob and his friends agree to team up with Mr. Krabs to fight Plankton's army and stop him and his cousins from finding the keys.
This game is a third-person co-op shooter, similar to Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One. Players can purchase and upgrade their gizmos of choice. The PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii versions of the game feature four-player co-op, whilst the Wii U version allows for an additional fifth player when using a GamePad with four other controllers. Portable versions are only played with a single player.
Super Power: When the player(s) acquire enough energy to fill the pink Energy Bar, they can activate their character's Super Power! Each character has a different Super Power that provides a bonus effect for a short while.
SpongeBob: Becomes invincible.
Patrick: Ground Slams deal double damage to enemies.
Sandy: Melee attacks deal double damage to enemies.
Mr. Krabs: Sprockets are worth twice as much.
Squidward: Gizmo attacks deal double damage to enemies.
Pickle Blaster: Shoots pickles that do great damage to enemies.
Condiment Cannon: Shoots globs of ketchup, mustard, and relish at a really fast rate.
Exploding Pie Launcher: Launches exploding pies.
Portable Tartar Sauce: Shoots a consistent stream of tartar sauce. Especially effective against bosses.
Neptuning Fork: Shoots electric bolts that spread out.
Bubblegum Blaster: Launches exploding gumballs.
Reef Blower: Blows gusts of air that damage enemies at close range.
Scout: A tiny, round blue robot that just wanders around aimlessly and lets off a lot of steam.
Super Scout: A larger version of the Scout which are a purple and more aggressive. They will actively chase after the player(s) if they are standing nearby.
Turret: Is unable to move, but can shoot lasers.
Mortar: Shoots bombs instead of lasers.
Buzzbot: A buzz saw protrudes from the Buzzbot's body, deflecting all melee and gizmo attacks as it charges towards the player(s). The only way to defeat one is to ground-pound the green button on its head.
Rocket-Bot: This robot resembles a monkey head and will attack by trying to ram into the player(s) at a very high speed, but becomes dizzy after the attack. The attack can be dodged by jumping over the Rocket-Bot.
Landmine: Landmines are stationary enemies that land on the ground and will self-destruct if you step inside the red circle around them.
Floating Mine: Floating Mines float in the air, and only explode if a player makes direct contact with them.
Tar Cannon: Instead of lasers, shoots sticky tar that can trap the player(s).
Electrobot: Electrobots are basically Super Scouts whose bodies are red instead of purple and electrified, so they can't be touched at all or else the player will receive damage. These can only be destroyed by gizmo attacks.
Buzzgunner: Basically a Buzzbot that is armed with lasers. This time, it's unable to move, but can shoot lasers at the player(s). The only way to defeat one is to ground-pound the green button on its head.
Achievements and trophies (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions only)
The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions have trophies and achievements which can be earned by completing certain tasks. The Xbox 360 version has 20 achievements with a total of 1000 points. The PlayStation 3 version has 21 trophies.
Platinum SpongeBob: Unlock all trophies. (Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 version)
Pirateer: Complete the Dutchman's Triangle levels.
Hard Rock: Complete the Rock Bottom levels.
Beach Head: Complete the Bikini Bottom levels.
Master Sponge: Unlock all Gizmos and upgrades for SpongeBob.
Master Squirrel: Unlock all Gizmos and upgrades for Sandy.
Master Star: Unlock all Gizmos and upgrades for Patrick.
Master Squid: Unlock all Gizmos and upgrades for Squidward.
Master Crab: Unlock all Gizmos and upgrades for Mr. Krabs.
Bot Wrecker: Players destroy 250 enemies.
Seaweed Squashed: Win the first encounter against Plankton.
Locked and Loaded: Unlock the Pickle Blaster.
Skydiver: Complete the first freefall section.
Coral Skydiver: Complete any freefall section without any players taking damage.
Sea Warrior: Complete a level without being defeated or revived.
Master Overloader: Players defeat 50 enemies by overloading them.
Field Medic: Players revive allies 20 times.
Not Defeated Yet: Players revive an ally.
Decked Out: Unlock and fully upgrade any Gizmo.
Armed to the Gills: Unlock every Gizmo on a single character.
Team Sponge: Complete a level with 4 players.
Cheats (Wii version only)
The Wii version has a menu dedicated to cheats, of which there are six. They can be unlocked by entering their corresponding button combos while in the Cheats menu.
Left, Right, Left, Right, Down, Down: 10,000 extra Sprockets for all characters.
Left, Up, Down, Down, Down, Up: 1,250 extra Sprockets for all characters.
Down, Right, Up, Left, Left, Down: 2,500 extra Sprockets for all characters.
Down, Right, Left, Down, Right, Right: Unlock the Condiment Cannon for free.
Up, Up, Down, Left, Right, Left: Unlock the Exploding Pie Launcher for free.
Up, Left, Right, Left, Down, Left: Unlock the Neptuning Fork for free.
Nintendo DS version
The Nintendo DS version is a lot more limited movement-wise compared to the console version as the player cannot jump at will, but the player automatically jumps when he or she moves their character off the edge of a cliff. Along with that, this version has only 4 gizmos compared to the console and Nintendo 3DS versions which has 7 gizmos. The 4 gizmos in the Nintendo DS version are the Pickle Blaster, Portable Tartar Sauce, Reef Blower, and Neptuning Fork. The music is also lower quality due to the limitations of the Nintendo DS.
Plankton's Robotic Revenge has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. While the game was panned for it's slowly developed gameplay, the return of the original voice actors were praised.
IGN panned the game with a score of 3.5 out of 10 saying, "This simple, short, and uninteresting game just drops on the deck and flops like a fish." Both the UK and Australian PlayStation Official Magazine were mixed with a 5 out of 10. Official Xbox Magazine UK said the game was "occasionally difficult, never fun."
Nintendo Life in a review for the Wii U release rated it 4 out of 10 calling it an "uninspired, repetitive game that does nothing with the boundlessly bonkers potential of its legendary license." Chris Morris of Common Sense Media rated it 2 out of 5, ending the review stating "this might be a good game for a 5- or 6-year-old, but, as it stands, it's not a good choice for anyone."
GamingBolt gave the game a 7 out of 10, making it the game's only positive review.
Plankton's Robotic Revenge was not a great success, with 421,000 copies sold across all platforms.
PlayStation 3 version
Xbox 360 version
Nintendo DS version
Nintendo 3DS version
The Wii and Nintendo DS versions of this game can also be played on the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS since both consoles are backwards compatible with Wii and Nintendo DS games.
This is the first SpongeBob SquarePants video game that has an ESRB rating other than E. This time, it is rated E10+ for "Everyone 10+."
However, the Nintendo DS version has a rating of E for "Everyone."
This is the first SpongeBob SquarePants video game to be published by Activision after THQ shut down on January 23, 2013.
This is the second SpongeBob SquarePants video game that one can play as Mr. Krabs and Squidward in a console fighting game. Although, one could consider Squidward being used by Sandy in the SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis level, Squidward Super Shooter, as counting as him being played in a console fighting game. One could also argue Squidward being a power-up in SpongeBob's Truth or Square counts as him being playable.
This was the last SpongeBob SquarePants video game released for the Wii and Nintendo DS.
This is the only SpongeBob SquarePants video game to be released for the PlayStation 3 and Wii U.
However, it is not the first SpongeBob video game playable on those systems because all of the SpongeBob games for the Wii are compatible with the Wii U, and the PlayStation versions of SuperSponge and Nicktoons Racing can be played on the PlayStation 3.
On the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U versions, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy appear on the title screen. However, in the Wii version, they don't.
Karen does not make a physical appearance in this game, but she is heard speaking on the main menu screen and in the game's intro cutscene.
Gary the Snail also does not make a physical appearance in this game, but he is heard meowing on the main menu screen.
In one of the levels, one of the robots will be nice and not shoot you. This may just be a glitch though.
In the Nintendo DS version, the player does not get chased by Plankton's robot on the bridge.
One of the gizmos in this game is called the Exploding Pie Launcher. This may be a reference to the exploding pie from the episode "Dying for Pie."
One of the gizmos in this game is called the Neptuning Fork which is named after King Neptune.
In the gizmos shop that's located in the midway point during a level, the sprockets counter was only programmed to fit 6 digit numbers. If the player(s) get the number of sprockets up to a 7 digit number like at least 1 million, part of the numbers start going outside of the box.
As of April 2016, this game and SpongeBob HeroPants have been removed from the Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, and Nintendo eShop.
The PlayStation 3 version supports up to 720p HD resolution, while the Xbox 360 and Wii U versions support up to 1080p HD resolution. The Wii version is 480p standard-definition like every other game on the console.
This game borrows a similar currency that is used in the Ratchet & Clank franchise.