Throughout the game, the player will play through five "Episodes," each with a new judge after every three Workdays, and a new theme for the Krusty Krab. The player will then need to help SpongeBob train a group of Plankton's cousins to become the best chefs in Bikini Bottom.
The game consists of cooking mini-games, similar to Cooking Mama, and restaurant management. The player oversees the staff of Planktons as they work to fill the orders of the day. Occasionally, the player will be asked to help a Plankton complete a task by playing a mini-game representing a cooking activity. In all, there are 25 different mini-games that are used to represent tasks like slicing, stirring, whisking, and garnishing.
While the Planktons do most of the work during the regular shifts, challenges where the player must prepare an entire recipe on their own are unlocked after a few shifts. The player can also buy new recipes, manage the menu, and decorate the restaurant.
Kevin also appeared in another SpongeBob SquarePants video game called Lights, Camera, Pants!, which revealed that his full name is Kevin C. Cucumber, though in this game, his middle name is changed to Sea.
The game is named after the episode "SpongeBob SquarePants vs. The Big One," as it served as a promotional tie-in for the special, while in other countries, such as the UK, the title is changed to Frantic Fry Cook.
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