The player plays as Patrick, searching for SpongeBob, who has gone missing on the Flying Dutchman's ship. There are many levels to go through and coins to collect while completing the levels. There are many ghosts throughout the levels, and if one is touched, a life is lost. The player is set with three lives.
Patrick is armed with a torch. When the space bar is pressed, the torch activates for a short moment, making the ghost go away for a while, but the torch can only be used three times before the battery needs to be recharged.
Entering the code 1031 scares away ghosts for good.
There is a total of 377 coins to collect in the game.