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SpongeBob HeroPants is a SpongeBob SquarePants video game released for the Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita. The game was developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by Activision. It is based on the SpongeBob feature film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water and was released on February 3, 2015 in North America[1], and on March 26, 2015, in the United Kingdom.

Cast

Plot

SpongeBob walks to the Krusty Krab and thinks he is going to have a "normal" day at work. Later, he opens the front door of the restaurant and then notices that Sandy and Patrick are coming along too. When Patrick, SpongeBob, and Sandy enter the Krusty Krab, Mr. Krabs, Plankton, and Squidward are getting chased around by random objects and SpongeBob states things are going not normal at all. SpongeBob thinks it is Plankton who is causing this, but suddenly, Bubbles the Talking Dolphin comes out of a space triangle and tells SpongeBob and his friends about someone using the page of a book to make weird things happen. He then holds up a feather which suddenly gives SpongeBob and his friends temporarily superhero powers that can save Bikini Bottom from a mysterious group of enemies someone created.

After tangling with Plankton's giant robot and Squidasaurus Rex, SpongeBob and his friends discover that SpongeBob is the one who caused the not normal events, judging by the handwriting. Plankton then writes on the page, having him, SpongeBob, and the others to enter SpongeBob's mind to get the last page and wake SpongeBob up.

After the last page is collected, the gang exits SpongeBob's mind and begins to celebrate. Bubbles then appear again to get the collected pages and depending on the amount of pages that have been collected in the game, one of the two alternate endings is shown.

Gameplay

SpongeBob's dreams are coming to life, altering the very fabric of space and time. Players progress through alternate manifestations of Bikini Bottom as they attempt to repair SpongeBob's mind. To restore order, players need to employ the unique superpowers of six playable characters - SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton - to solve challenges, battle enemies, and unlock new areas. In addition to platforming combat and exploration, the game features puzzles, boss battles, upgradeable skill sets, and a plethora of hidden items to discover.

Worlds

There are 15 levels in total, five each for three different worlds:

  • War Zone
  • Prehistory
  • Dream Land

Collectible Items

  • Money: Can be used to upgrade the characters' superpowers.
  • Memorobilia: Golden statues that are hidden throughout the game.
  • Pages: Pages from the Magic Book. The amount of pages collected will affect the game's ending.
  • Nasty Patty: Used as a weapon for throwing at enemies.

Enemies

War Zone Enemies

  • Stinky Bubble: Weak enemy that chases after the player(s), dealing damage on contact.  Also appears in Prehistory.
  • Magic Spatula: Chases after the player(s) and uses slam attacks.
  • Green Plankton-Bot: Follows the player(s) but keeps its distance and shoots lasers.
  • Scout-Bot: Behaves similarly to a Stinky Bubble, but has higher health.
  • Magic Patty: Chases after the player(s) and attacks by biting at them.
  • Tar-Tar Radar: Stationary enemy that makes a tar-tar bomb drop from the sky if the player(s) get caught in its crosshairs.
  • Red Plankton-Bot: Aggressively chases the player(s) and self-destructs when it gets close to them.  Also appears in Prehistory.
  • Pie Mine: Stationary enemy that acts as a landmine; if stepped on, it explodes after a few seconds.  Also appears in Prehistory.
  • Pickle Tank: Huge enemy that is stationary but shoots pickles at the player(s).
  • Plankton's Tank Robot (boss)

Prehistory Enemies

  • Primitive Patty: Stronger version of the Magic Patty that has more health and deals more damage,
  • Sea Urchin: Behaves similarly to a Stinky Bubble, but has higher health and moves faster.
  • Primitive Spatula: Stronger version of the Magic Spatula that has more health and deals more damage,
  • Volcano: Behaves similarly to a Tar-Tart Radar, but instead of tar-tar bombs, it launches flaming meteors that create bigger explosions.
  • Patrickosaurus
  • Squidasaurus Rex (boss)

Dream Land Enemies

  • Heart Hugger: Chases the player(s) and holds them in place upon catching them, making it harder to move.
  • Jawbreaker: Rolls really fast along the ground, trying to ram into the player(s).
  • Gumball Machine: Shoots globs of gum at the player(s) which can get them stuck.
  • Lollipop: Behaves identically to a Magic Spatula.

​​​​​Music

The music is taken directly taken from the series and Plankton's Robotic Revenge. However, there is one soundtrack in the game, which plays in the level right before the Squidasaurus Rex chase, which has not been used in the TV series nor Plankton's Robotic Revenge.

  • "Moloka'i Nui (a)" (menu and credits)
  • "Hula Festival"
  • "Hawaiian Holiday"
  • "Tiki Rapido"
  • "Bikini Dance"
  • "Tiki March"
  • "You're All I Desire"
  • "Hawaii Hawaii"
  • "Kai Kai"
  • "Allons A Tahiti"
  • "Aka Aka"
  • "My Ohana"
  • "Wave Running"
  • "Cosmic Kitsch"
  • "Fun Pursuit"
  • "Chasing Burger Beard"


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Reception

This game did not sell well, with 20,000 copies sold for the Xbox 360,[2] and 10,000 sold for the Nintendo 3DS and the PlayStation Vita. Cyanidecoke of Atomix said in particular, that "it would be an acceptable game if we saw it in a PlayStation One, but now it's unacceptable."[3]

Brad Gruetzmacher of The Vita Lounge noticed the technical difficulties, the "annoying one-liners," and the total duration of the game while praising the visuals, and the music. He went on to call the game "an experience that may not be what veteran gamers want but it’s a hit with the target audience."[4]

Marc Saltzman of Common Sense Media said in a review that "the game isn't a complete fail. It's hard not to fall for SpongeBob's infectious charm, and there's some variety in levels and characters, but overall this game feels more like a plug for the movie it's tied to than a competent standalone game."[5]

While the reception for the game was negative, it was nominated for the "Favorite Video Game" award at the 2016 Kids' Choice Awards. This makes it the third SpongeBob video game to be in the award show, with Battle for Bikini Bottom in 2004 and Creature from the Krusty Krab in 2007 appearing beforehand. In addition to this, it is the first SpongeBob video game to have not won in the Kids' Choice award show.

Trivia

  • This game was originally planned to be called SpongeBob SuperHeroPants.[6]
  • This is the first and only SpongeBob SquarePants video game to be released on the PlayStation Vita.
  • This is the second SpongeBob SquarePants video game to be published by Activision after THQ shut down. The first was Plankton's Robotic Revenge.
    • This was also the last SpongeBob video game to be published by Activision before the rights had expired.
  • The Xbox 360 version has a total amount of 20 achievements, each one worth 50 Gamerscore, while the PlayStation Vita version has 19 trophies.
    • There are a few differences between the achievements and trophies. The "Scrap Metal" trophy uses the same icon as the "Can" achievement, "Can" is renamed "Can't Get Better Than This," and while 2 co-op related achievements are omitted, a trophy named "The Real Hero" is included.
  • Some of the game's soundtrack is recycled from Nicktoons: Battle for Volcano Island, Plankton's Robotic Revenge, and the show.
  • The 3DS version only has 12 levels.
    • While the Nintendo 3DS lacks an achievement system that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita versions have, the achievements can still be earned within the game.
  • The artwork and logo resemble some of the artwork and the logo of the second movie.
  • Patar is referenced by Patrick in the Prehistory section of the game. The line that references him is "Maybe we'll see Patar here! He's my ancient ancestor! He must be really old now..."
  • The loading screen on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation Vita versions have a big resemblance to the Battle for Bikini Bottom's loading screen.
  • Some buildings, like the Shady Shoals Rest Home and the Krusty Krab, can be seen in the War Zone's background.
  • The game's ending can be different depending on the number of book pages found. There are two endings to this game.
    • First ending: If the player has not collected all the book pages, Bubbles gives the gang Plankton's time machine so they can retrieve the last few pages. Then Patrickosaurus comes and tries to eat SpongeBob and friends, but they escape in Plankton's time machine.
    • Second ending: If the player has found all of the book pages, Bubbles shows SpongeBob and friends his breakdance.
  • According to the credits, the game was written by Derek Iversen.
  • On January 6, 2015, a trailer for this game was released (see below).
    • On February 3, 2015, a second trailer for this game was released (see below).
  • As of April 2016, this game and Plankton's Robotic Revenge have been removed from Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, and Nintendo eShop.

Videos

References

Video games (VE)

Themed
Battle for Bikini BottomBattle for Bikini Bottom - RehydratedCreature from the Krusty KrabDrawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants EditionEmployee of the MonthLegend of the Lost SpatulaLights, Camera, Pants!Nighty NightmareOperation Krabby PattyPlankton's Robotic RevengeRevenge of the Flying DutchmanSpongeBob SquigglePantsSpongeBob vs. The Big One: Beach Party Cook-OffSpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantisSpongeBob's Boating BashSpongeBob SquarePants Diner DashSpongeBob Diner Dash 2SpongeBob's Surf & Skate RoadtripSpongeBob Moves In!SpongeBob's Truth or SquareSuperSpongeSpongeBob HeroPantsThe SpongeBob SquarePants MovieThe Flying DutchmanThe Yellow AvengerUnderpants Slam!

Crossover
Nicktoons: Attack of the ToybotsNicktoons: Battle for Volcano IslandNickelodeon Kart RacersNickelodeon Party BlastNickelodeon Toon Twister 3-DNicktoons BasketballNicktoons Freeze Frame FrenzyNicktoons MLBNicktoons Movin'Nicktoons RacingNicktoons Unite!Nicktoons Winners Cup RacingSpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom

Other
Bikini Bottom 500Nicktoons Nitro

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (VE)

Characters: Burger BeardBubblesSquidasaurus RexThe Seagull CrewGuardian skeletonLive-action beachgoersMelodeon seagullGiant cute kittyPopsicle twinsRainbow

Locations: Bubbles' inter-dimensional spacecraftJupiter and SaturnPelican IslandDonutsTaco Haüs

Objects: Magic BookTime machineBurgermobileAir PlanktonPlankton's tank robotSandy's wooden carEmployee Handbook

Songs: TeamworkSqueeze MeRap BattlePatrick StarSandy SquirrelThank Gosh It's Monday抹去你的小伤心

Shorts: Brazil 1Brazil 2Mexico 1Mexico 2Spain 1Spain 2Russia 1Russia 2France 1France 2Germany 1Germany 2UK 1UK 2Australia 1Australia 2

Miscellaneous: DVDBlu-rayBookVideo gameMobile gameSave The Krabby PattyBikini Bottom DefendersDefend the Krusty Krab!Food Fight!The Good, the Bad, and the Krabby!Krabby Patty CaperPlank-Ton to the Rescue!Plank-ton's Big Plan!MusicSoundtrackThe Great Krabby Patty FamineDay of PositivityRobinsons Movieworld: Meet and Greet SpongeBob

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