Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab (2006) Review

Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab is a 2006 action game based on the Spongebob Squarepants characters and world, it was released in 2006 for the PS2, Wii and Gamecube, there was also a game of the same title released on the GBA, DS and PC however I am purely discussing the console release here.

Its bedtime in Bikini Bottom and we are taken into the dream world of three fan favourite characters Spongebob, Patrick and Plankton. With the game taking place in dreams all possibilities are open and with a clever twist they may all connect with eachother.

This is no ordinary game in the sense that the narrative is all over the place, there is no goal as such and each set of levels is unique within themselves offering the player a large range of gameplay styles and experiences.

I loved the Patrick sections that focused on beat em up gameplay and 3D platforming, the plankton sections focussed mainly on horror, the second part stood out where players were tasked with destroying bikini bottom using the power of an enlarged Plankton.

The main gameplay style that is shown in the game revolves around vehicles and on rail vehicle stages. These are very boring and not too interesting. I suppose you could argue that this was an early attempt at a Spongebob racing game before Nickelodeon Kart Racers would be released many years later.

The visuals are amazing and I don’t say this from a graphical perspective but from its creativity and how it adapts its visuals to fit perfectly into the natural environment that the dream is based on.

The soundtrack is really nice, it fits the environments and tone of the game perfectly, I love the main menu music, it really gets you excited for the game that’s ahead.

Creature from the Krusty Krab is surprisingly a good game, apart from the racing section the entire experience is a lot of fun and the variety of gameplay styles means that there is always something new to look forward too. There are three endings to the game depending on which character you finish the final level with however you can only unlock these by finding all of the characters coloured collectables in the games story mode. I dont actually recommend doing this as all of the endings are mediocre and lead to the same finale either way.

7.6/10

My Favourite Spongebob Episodes – Band Geeks

How could I do a Spongebob Month without talking about the absolute masterpiece that is Band Geeks.

In the episode Squidward is tormented by his rival Squilliam that he was supposed to have his Band play in the Bubble Bowl and sarcastically asked Squidward to bring his band instead knowing that he doesnt have one.

Squidward agrees taking a risk and trying to put together a band consisting of the Bikini Bottom citizens which unfortunately doesnt work out until the very end of the episode when Spongebob convinves them to really try and do a great job for Squidwards sake.

Many memes and fan favourite moments later we are gifted what I consider to most self aware and greatest ending to any Spongebob episode and a sweet victory for squidward.

And that is the end of our Spongebob month of 2020, I hope you enjoyed all of my reviews this month and I cannot wait to do a Spongebob month again in the future, there are so many more games and media I still need to cover so even though it wont be any time soon I can promise we will revisit Bikini Bottom again in the future.

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The Spongebob Movie – Sponge out of Water (2015) Review

Sponge out of Water is the second Spongebob film that was released in theatres, in brought back the original voice cast and starred Antonio Bandares as a new villain. Stephen Hillenburg returned to write this film as well as future episodes of the television series before his untimely death in 2018.

Similarly to the previous Spongebob film this opens with a live action Pirate sequence but instead of going to see the movie this Pirate played by Antonio Banderes actually plays a major role in the film when he steals the Krabby Patty formula using a magic book.

Because of the Formula disappearing food production at the Krusty Krab is put on hold causing the citizens of Bikini Bottom to go into an apocalyptic meltdown, leaving Spongebob and Plankton to try and save the town and recover the secret formula.

What I really like about this movie is that it showed a different side to Plankton that I feel hasn’t been shown before this. In the movie he and Spongebob are forced to work together to retrieve to formula and while at the beginning his plan is to take the formula for himself throughout the movie he starts to see the benefit of team work and friendship ultimately giving up what he has always desired for the benefit of others.

I really appreciate the the various styles of animation used in the movie but my favourite was during the time travels scenes where the animation got really silly and creative, every time that the machine was used a different idea was used for animation styles so each time there was something new to look forward too.

Another part I really enjoyed was when Plankton climbs into Spongebob’s brain, this highly animated scene shows to the full extent how sweet and innocent Spongebob’s mind is, of course the sweetness is too much for Plankton to handle which ends in a few good laughs.

The third act of the movie focuses on live action animation hybrid which puts CGI versions of the Spongebob characters into the real world above the ocean where they eventually gain super powers to take on the Antonio Banderes pirate.

When I first saw trailers for this movie I was concerned that it was going to use the cliche of characters from an one world come to our world and thats where all the jokes would come from. While this does happen and some jokes are at this expense I was pleased when the main goal of the film remained the focus and the comedy was more clever than easy to write humour to keeps the kids happy.

The entire film does a great job of explaining who the Spongebob characters are along with their personalities and goals so that new comers can understand whats happening without making this come across as a forced narrative.

Sponge out of Water is a really fun movie, there is a lot of different plot points going on which I think a younger audience might struggle to follow but overall its a very funny and entertaining film that is sure to keep the attention of both children and adults and shows that Spongebob is still relevant enough to make a film good enough for a theatrical release.

My favourite Spongebob episodes – F.U.N

Whats a better time than now to talk about the very famous Spongebob episode F.U.N?

After once again having his plans foiled Plankton is sent back to his computer wife Karen utterly defeated. After seeing him so sad Spongebob decides to show Plankton the power of friendship and change his evil ways.

At first Plankton is against the idea of befriending Spongebob but is convinced by his computer wife Karen that it’s the perfect chance for him to learn the formula so he ultimately agrees.

This leads into one of the most famous songs in the shows history where Spongebob tries to teach plankton how to have fun with plankton eventually fooling Spongebob into thinking he has changed.

One of the more silly episodes of the show which has more random moments than clever comedy but I feel it works really well and flows nicely as a simple story. I really love the song F.U.N and I often sing it to myself and have never forgotten the lyrics.

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Spongebob’s Truth or Square (2009) Video Game Review

Spongebob’s Truth or Square is a 2009 action plat-former which shares its name with a TV special that came out previously. The game was released for various video game systems Including the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, PSP and the Nintendo DS. The DS version was more uniquely made to fit the systems capabilities however minus a few extra stages the PSP version is almost identical to its home-system counterparts.

It’s the Krusty Krabs eleventy seventh Anniversary and Spongebob has lost the Krabby Patty Secret Formula. Plankton offers to use a machine to explore Spongebob’s memories and with a little help from his friends who help him remember his past can Spongebob figure out that happened to the formula?

The In-game hub world takes place during a party at Spongebob’s Pineapple house. I enjoyed this area as it was very interactive allowing players to trigger small animations and upgrade the homes furniture. You are also able to purchase in game character outfits and health upgrades.

The main gameplay is a 3D platformer where the goal is complete a main mission in each stage to find an object from Spongebob’s past. After finishing a stage you can return to find missions allowing you to discover more items.

Discovering sleeping Patricks within each level is not required but can still be done, these are actually fairly challenging to find and can add more game play to what can be considered a very short game.

There are various power-ups in the game that you can find for temporary advances in combat. For me the best powerup was the water propeller which gave Spongebob the ability to shoot water from his body. Sandy, Patrick and Squidward are also available as power-ups to help Spongebob defeat the attacking robots, these were all fine enough but they were not anything special or really that memorable.

There are various giant robots to defeat in the game, these boss fights can be a challenge for younger gamer’s but once you get patterns down they should be defeated with ease.

I played the Nintendo Wii version of the game which was developed by Heavy Iron Studios who also did Battle for Bikini Bottom. The music here is almost entirely recycled from Battle for Bikini Bottom. As it was in that game the music is a ton of fun and suits each area naturally well.

Spongebob’s Truth or Square is not a remarkable game by any means, I will be honest in saying that it is very basic and nothing really stands out. Its a very short game and personally I thought it was extremely easy which made it a little bit boring. I can only really recommend this as a very cheap game and a good choice for very young gamers who have little experience with video games.

4.7/10

My Favourite Spongebob episodes – Pizza Delivery

In this season 1 classic, Squidward and Spongebob are sent to deliver the first ever Krabby Patty Pizza to a hungry customer.

Of course this wouldn’t be a very memorable episode if nothing went wrong in this case it was a losing control of the delivery boat and running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere forcing Spongebob and Squidward to deliver on foot while fighting the urge to eat the cheesy treat.

A much more caring side to Squidward is shown in various scenes where he tries to help Spongebob instead of just focusing on himself. The final scene is very touching and in my opinion really shows the character in a much more positive and sympathetic light than he has been shown in other appearances.

Overall a great episode that packed with laughs and its fair share of emotion.

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The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (2004) Review

Originally planned to be the shows grand finale (although it is considered the ending of the canonical timeline), 2004 gave us the Spongebob Squarepants movie a surprisingly well written film where Spongebob and Patrick are sent on a quest to receive King Neptunes stolen crown from Shell City.

The film mainly revolves around a new restaurant opening the Krusty Krab 2 and how Spongebob not getting the management position affects him.

While Spongebob is grieving Plankton has started his evil plan Z where he steals King Neptunes crown and blames Mr Krabs resulting in Krabs being frozen while Spongebob and Patrick go on an epic road trip to get the crown back and clear Mr Krabs name.

The movie was directed by Stephen Hillenburg the series creator and you couldn’t ask for a better director as he best understands the characters and the world of Bikini Bottom. Since the movie was made when Hillenburg was still involved in the shows production the film holds up in quality, comedic timing and feels like a love letter to Spongebob fans of the time.

My favourite part of the movie is actually the opening, the film starts with eccentric Spongebob fans (pirates) discovering tickets to the Spongebob Squarepants movie where they soon give the audience a live rendition of the shows theme song in the style of pirates shantie.

The film is a lot darker than the show, there is one part that’s always creeped me out and that’s when Spongebob and Patrick run into the ice cream lady, this seemingly innocent old woman is actually a giant monster which draws inspiration from the Kelpie as well as Grandma from the episode Have you seen this snail.

Plankton is particularly evil in this movie, this is by far his most sinister plan, he not only frames Mr Krabs for his crimes but he even enslaves the residents of Bikini Bottom.

A character called Goofy Goober plays a small role in the film as a food mascot but his influence on Spongebob and Patrick throughout the movie helps them both to see emotions and learn maturity. It’s the place were spongebob goes to grieve over his loss of the manager position and is even used at the end of the movie to foil Planktons plans.

With great jokes running from beginning to end, new characters, original songs and special cameo appearances, the Spongebob Squarepants movie may be the greatest film to ever be made of an animated property, it managed to stick to the nature of the show with a few updates to help it work for a cinematic experience. It’s not just a great ending to the Spongebob timeline but its just a great movie in general, its very cheap to rent on apps such as amazon prime and the Sky Store and I highly recommend you do, this is honestly one of the funniest animated movies I have ever seen and I guarantee you will find enjoyment in it even if you haven’t seen the show.

My Favourite Spongebob Episodes – Have you seen this Snail

Since I mentioned this episode earlier on in the review, whats a better time than now to talk about it.

In this season 4 episode Spongebob is too distracted by his new Paddleboard set to remember Gary’s feeding time which results in Gary Running away from home.

He is eventually picked up by a kind old lady who gives Gary a life of luxury and lots of homemade foods, later on in the episode Gary discovers a sinister secret about the old lady when he discovers lots of empty snail shells piled in a cupboard.

In my opinion the most memorable part of this rather emotional episode is the original song “Gary Come Home”. Since the new movie, Sponge on the run follows a similar premise to this episode many fans are hoping it appears in the film.

Not one of the funniest episodes in the series but Have you seen this snail packs plenty of emotion in a very memorable episode that reminds its viewers to remember the importance of taking good care of their pets.

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Spongebob Squarepants: Plankon’s Robotic Revenge (2013) Review

Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton’s Robotic Revenge is a 2013 third person shooter based in the Spongebob universe. It was developed by behaviour interactive and was published by Activison for the PS3,Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo DS and the Nintendo 3DS.

I played through the Wii U version but after further research I realised that all versions are practically the same with small gameplay and graphical changes.

A military ship accidentally drops live batteries into the ocean causing them to land outside of the Chum Bucket where they are collected by Plankton. Plankton uses these batteries to power a robot army in order to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula and take over Bikini Bottom.

So before I rip into this game I want to say that to have multiplayer co-operative play is a really great idea for a kids game and I love that Mr Krabs and Squidward are both playable as they are often not playable in the Spongebob games.

The game is a third person shooter, players are able to collect gears by killing robots and then they use those gears to purchase new weapons and upgrades. This may sound fun but it’s not very well designed I found that if you fully upgrade the standard pickle blaster you can take out most enemies with a few shots and because the game gives you auto aim and auto fire as a standard this makes the journey to completion very easy.

It doesnt help that you fight ths same handful of enemies throughout the 15 levels in the game, there is no variety between worlds and apart from the final world of Bikini Bottom the game looks boring and uninspired.

Even the three boss battles in the game feel very similar again there is no variety and the game is very repetetive, the only saving grace is that its so short, I beat the entire game in less than 3 hours and with no side content there was nothing else to it, I was happy that the game ended because of how boring it was but I’m still annoyed with home much I got ripped off in paying for it, the game should be a £9.99 e-shop title at most, it literally gives the player the bare minimum amount of effort needed for a game.

The soundtracks very good I can at least say that, it mostly uses music either from or inspired by the TV series and of course due to that the soundtrack fits perfectly into the game and I cant really complain about it.

For the first video game of Spongebob month I can’t believe the bad luck I had in picking this one, I feel that if more effort was put into the game a third person Spongebob shooter could be really fun, they could have implemented more antagonists from the show as boss fights and if they had given each world unique robots then it wouldn’t have been so boring. But for what this is regardless of its music It’s just a very bad and lazy game that should not have been released, it makes the developers, publishers and Nickelodeon all look bad for releasing such a scam a of a game that it serves as nothing more than a cash grab, there is nothing special about this and I cannot recommend it to anyone 2/10

My Favourite Spongebob episodes – Idiot Box

At the end of every review I’m going to write a very short review on my favourite episodes of the show.

Idiot Box was part of the third season of the show, in the episode Spongebob and Patrick are using a TV box to play imagination games, Squidward doesn’t believe this as the sounds coming from the box are so realistic that he is convinced that Spongebob and Patrick are playing a trick on him.

This is by far one of funniest episodes of the TV series, you really start to understand Squidward as a selfish and grumpy character here with him failing to understand to concept of an imagination and mocking those who do. The ending to episode has me laughing hysterically every time I see it, its very well directed seeing Squidward alone on the box losing his mind trying to find a sound recorder only to have one of the funniest final moments in the shows history, Idiot Box is a great episode and one of my personal favourites.

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