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Video game

SpongeBob SquigglePants, (known as SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D on the Nintendo 3DS port,) is an action video game based on the SpongeBob SquarePants series. It is the fourth game to be in the uDraw Series and borrows its elements from WarioWare games.

The game was published by THQ and developed by WayForward Technologies. It contains mini-games which require using the uDraw GameTablet. A version for the 3DS was made later, which added a brand new level, IconBob, which requires the circle pad.

Gameplay

Wii version

Similar to WarioWare games, players get to play mini-games, dubbed Nanogames, in quick succession in order to proceed. Each nanogame has a short time limit of less than 10 or 5 seconds, depending on the nanogame, and players would have to rely on quick thinking and reflexes to finish each nanogame. The game requires the use of the now-discontinued uDraw GameTablet by THQ.

3DS version

The gameplay on the 3DS version is almost identical to the Wii version, but instead of the uDraw Tablet (since the 3DS isn't compatible with it), the touch screen is used. The IconBob levels (which are exclusive to this version) are done using the 3DS Circle Pad.

How to play the Nanogames

  • Tap
  • Draw
  • Drag 1 (Circle way)
  • Drag 2 (Slide way)
  • Flick
  • Tilt
  • Shake
  • Tilt
  • Hold

Nanogames

SketchBob

The art style in this stage is crudely drawn sketches, often with incomplete lines and coloring. When starting the stage, Mr. Krabs gestures to the Krusty Krab's doors. If a microgame is completed, customers enter the restaurant. If a microgame is lost, Mr. Krabs looks sad. If the stage is completed or a high score is obtained, Mr. Krabs jumps in the air as many customers enter. If the player runs out of lives, Mr. Krabs cries as the doors and windows to the Krusty Krab are boarded shut.

Nanogame Frame Goals Action Description
A Poorly Drawn Pineapple Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Draw SpongeBob is hidden behind his pineapple and the player must erase most of it to reveal him.
Snail of a Trail Bronze: 10
Silver: 30
Gold: 35
Draw The player must connect a line between SpongeBob and Gary to reunite the two.
Muster Up Ketchup Bronze: 10
Silver: 30
Gold: 35
Draw The player must squeeze ketchup out of the bottle on top of the Krabby Patty for the top of the bun to cover it.
Three Cheers for Krabs Bronze: 5
Silver: 10
Gold: 15
Tilt The player must tilt the uDraw Game Tablet or the Nintendo 3DS so that Pearl can pick up the pictures of the boy band Boys Who Cry.
Patrick-or-Treat Bronze: 5
Silver: 10
Gold: 15
Tap The player has to help SpongeBob prevent Sandy, Patrick, and Squidward from taking the only cookie left on the plate.
Window of Opportunity Bronze: 10
Silver: 20
Gold: 30
Tap The player has to look out SpongeBob's window to see who is coming to visit and can guess from either Patrick, Sandy, or Squidward.
Match Me if You Can Bronze: 5
Silver: 10
Gold: 15
Tap There are six cards on a table and the player must match two of them.
Krabby Patty in Paradise Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Spin The player must spin the vault handle as fast as they can to open it. After doing so, Krabby Patties fly out and fill the screen.
Make Like a Sponge Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Drag Using SpongeBob as an eraser, the player must erase jellyfish poop off of the statue.
A Priceless Piece Bronze: 5
Silver: 10
Gold: 15
Tap The player mustn't tap on the uDraw Game Tablet or the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen until the nanogame ends. If they do so, SpongeBob will knock the vase over and Squidward will be angry.
Flying Disc of the Deep Bronze: 10
Silver: 20
Gold: 30
Flick The player must flick to have SpongeBob throw a frisbee in Larry the Lobster's direction.
Say Snail! Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Tap When Gary is in the middle of the screen, the player must tap to snap a photo of him.
Catcher in the Brine Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Drag The player must drag SpongeBob's hand to catch a baseball thrown by his father.
Catch of the Day Bronze: 8
Silver: 16
Gold: 25
Drag The player must move Sandy to catch two falling acorns in a ten-gallon hat.
Feast with Jelly Bronze: 8
Silver: 16
Gold: 25
Flick As Stanley S. SquarePants, the player must throw jellyfish feed to four jellyfish above his head. Failure will result in Stanley getting his head stuck in a jellyfish's tentacles.
Body of Water Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Drag The player must change the pictures to match full body shots of either SpongeBob, Sandy, or Patrick.
Seaworthy Slalom Bronze: 5
Silver: 10
Gold: 15
Tap The player must get to the bottom of the screen without bumping into anything on the way.
That Takes The Spongecake Bronze: 15
Silver: 25
Gold: 35
Tilt The player must move the Tablet or 3DS to make SpongeBob blow out all of the candles on his birthday spongecake.

B-Movie

The art style in this stage resembles a horror movie, and is set in a theater showing a movie about Squidward and the hash-slinging slasher. When starting the stage, Squidward looks at the hash-slinging slasher with a scared expression. If a microgame is completed, Squidward runs farther. If a microgame is lost, the hash-slinging slasher gets closer to Squidward and smiles. If the stage is completed or a high score is obtained, the hash-slinging slasher collapses to reveal SpongeBob and Patrick in a costume. If the player runs out of lives, SpongeBob and Patrick, still in the hash-slinging slasher costume, approach Squidward with evil expressions.

  • Booty Burial Ground
  • Signature Sponge
  • Spatula Splat
  • Boulder Me Over
  • Plankton's Dreamy Revenge
  • The Pizza For You and Me
  • Pursuit of Planktoness
  • Seas the Day
  • Against the Lawn
  • Fill 'Er Up Krabby
  • Patties Up!
  • Alaskan Bull Worm!
  • Walking the Planks
  • SpongeCastle SandyPants
  • Rock On, Patrick
  • Hooky
  • Keep Boativated

Simply Bob

The art style in this stage is made of silhouettes. When starting the stage, Gary slithers in place. If a microgame is completed, Gary smiles. If a microgame is lost, Gary's eyes droop. If the stage is completed or a high score is obtained, Gary smiles while swaying back and forth. If the player runs out of lives, Gary looks sad.

  • Sub Sponge
  • Spin for the Win
  • Gone Jellyfishing
  • Match Mixer
  • Water You Waving For
  • Dance Your Pants Off
  • A Line Aligned
  • Sponge: Bound of Bravery
  • The X-Ray Factor
  • Counting Sponge
  • Balancing Bob
  • I Herd Patrick
  • Patty Catch
  • Squidward's Fancypants Pencil
  • Pineapple Pogo
  • Sea Sorting
  • Fit for a Krabs
  • This is Patrick!

Comic Book (Sandy)

The art style in this stage resembles a comic book. When starting the stage, Sandy (dressed as Miss Appear) chases Plankton, who is carrying a Krabby Patty. If a microgame is completed, Sandy goes faster as Plankton looks worried. If a microgame is lost, Sandy falls behind. If the stage is completed or a high score is obtained, Sandy takes back the patty. If the player runs out of lives, Sandy stops running as Plankton smiles with the patty.

  • Sea is for Coloring
  • No. 2 Panic
  • Patrick's Party Trick
  • Flying Squirrel
  • Nautical Narcissist Neighbor
  • Pop Star
  • Trash It
  • A Maze-in' Atlantis
  • Blow, Baby, Blow!
  • Capers of Cardboard
  • A Bridge Abridged
  • Launch Time
  • SpongeBall Slingshot
  • Fighting Dirty
  • Bikini Bottom's Bravest
  • Did You Say CHOCOLATE?
  • To the Boatmobile!

Punk (Patrick)

The art style resembles rock album drawings.

  • Blackout Bob
  • Selfish Shellfish
  • Puffy Patrick
  • Squidward Bound
  • Whoop-a-Worm
  • The Show Off Show
  • Kah-Rah-Tay Sandy
  • Brake it Down
  • Coral Chorus
  • Sing a Song of SpongeBob
  • Barnacle Bowling
  • Undersea B-Ball
  • Paper Plane Pitch
  • Treedome Training
  • Stage Diver
  • Deep-sea Rock Star
  • Yes We Karen

PixelBob (SpongeBob)

The art style resembles an 8-bit game, like those seen on the NES.

  • Sting or Swim
  • Getting the Drift
  • Sponge Xing
  • Three To Go
  • Mr. Krabs Cash Grab
  • Plankton's Epic Escape
  • Krushty Krab
  • Ping Pong Pals
  • Pulley Dinner
  • Sergeant Sponge
  • Made to Order
  • SpongeBooster 3000
  • Jelly Alley
  • Ready, Set, Sponge!
  • Seavaders
  • Super Krabby Quest
  • The Legend of SquarePants

Remix and Hyper Remix (SpongeBob)

One of the nanogames listed above from different art styles is randomly selected here. There's also Hyper Remix, which is basically the same as standard Remix but goes at twice the speed than normal.

IconBob (Plankton, Nintendo 3DS version only)

The designs in this are stylized.

Nanogame Frame Goals Action Description
Gary is Going Places Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad Using the Circle Pad, the player must keep Gary from coming in contact with the Lion fish.
SpongeBob Says Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad As Patrick, the player must slide the Circle Pad to match SpongeBob's arms. This must be done twice in order to win.
Chum is Fum Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad The player must slide a Krabby Patty and the Krusty Krab logo onto the hand and the Chum Bucket logo to attract customers.
Jellyfish Joy Ride Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad The player must avoid bumping into any jellyfish that will knock SpongeBob off his bike.
Candid Krabs Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad The player must move the camera onto Mr. Krabs to get a clear shot of him and the Krabby Patty.
To Dive For Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad The player must move the Krabby Patty just as Plankton dives for it.
Bikini Bottom on Ice Bronze: 10
Silver: 15
Gold: 20
Slide the Circle Pad The player must move the Circle Pad to make SpongeBob skate the figure-8 shown on the ice.

Minigames

Showboating Shower

The Showboating Shower minigame has an art style that resembles an animation beach item. You have to wash as many boats as possible.

Rattle and Roll

The Rattle and Roll minigame has an art style that resembles baby products. You have to tilt the ball down and you have to make the baby versions of the main characters happy.

RetroBob

The RetroBob minigame has an art style that resembles an animation from the 1950s. You have to pop balloons while avoiding jellyfish.

Seasons of Sandy

The Kah-Rah-Tay Sandy minigame has an art style that resembles a western style. You have to karate chop as many logs as possible and avoid bombs.

Reception

Metacritic gave this game a 64%, meaning "mixed or average reviews." Some minorities disliked the game for "ripping-off" the WarioWare franchise, as well as the Wii version's required use of the uDraw GameTablet, which has a high price especially since the discontinuation of the peripheral's production.

Trivia

  • The Wii version of this game has backwards compatibility.
    • The Wii version can be played on all Wii U units.
  • This is the first SpongeBob game for the 3DS.
  • This is the first SpongeBob game to use the new THQ logo.
  • The Wii version is the only SpongeBob game that requires a third-party peripheral in order to be played.
    • The Wii version is also one of the few games made exclusively for the usage of the uDraw GameTablet.
  • The 3DS version was released on Craig Ferguson's 49th birthday and nine years after "Party Pooper Pants" premiered.
  • The IconBob level on the 3DS uses the same music as the SimplyBob level.
  • The Nintendo 3DS version is the only version of this game to not be released in Australasia.

Cultural references

  • The game is similar to the WarioWare games. Both contain minigames that are split into sections, each of the sections on both games contain themes, and a main character associated them, and both games contain lives.
    • Also, both WarioWare games and SpongeBob SquigglePants were released exclusively for Nintendo systems.
  • The game Patrick-or-Treat gets its name from the popular Halloween phrase "Trick or Treat!"

Videos

SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D Trailer

SpongeBob SquigglePants 3D Trailer

3DS trailer

UDraw Spongebob für Wii THQ Filmproduktion Frankfurt muthme

UDraw Spongebob für Wii THQ Filmproduktion Frankfurt muthme

German trailer, made by Muthmedia GmbH.

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

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