SpongeBob HeroPants

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SpongeBob HeroPants
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"NOT a hero! Never a good game!"
Genre: Platform
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
Xbox 360
Release Date: NA: February 3, 2015
EU: March 26, 2015
Game Engine: Unity
Developer: Behaviour Interactive
Publisher: Activision
Made in: Canada
Franchise: SpongeBob SquarePants
Previous Game: SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run (mobile game)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge (console game)
Next Game: SpongeBob's Game Frenzy (mobile game)
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated (console game)


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

Why It Sucks

  1. To get the cat out of the bag, it is a reskin of Plankton's Robotic Revenge, which was also bad. On a related note, the robot enemies and some of the music were recycled from Plankton's Robotic Revenge, which is just lazy.
    • This makes sense since both games were developed by the same company.
  2. Poor graphics that's even worse than Plankton's Robotic Revenge, with constant framerate drops and lag. In fact, even the cutscenes lag!
    • Not to mention, the dreadful graphics make the game feel like a sixth-generation game, making it look barely any better than the SpongeBob games released on the systems from said generation.
    • Even the 3DS version lags, on a system released in 2011!
  3. No facial animations for any of the characters. The characters don't even move their lips at all. In fact, aside from the intro and ending, the in-game cutscenes like to hide their faces for that reason. Even the earliest of SpongeBob games have facial animations.
  4. The camera can't be controlled manually, causing some difficulties when platforming.
  5. Dull platforming.
  6. The camera only follows the first player, meaning the other players can walk out of the frame easily and lose health after respawning.
  7. Glitchy collision detection.
  8. The combat is generic and boring, even more so than Plankton's Robotic Revenge.
  9. Just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, the difficulty is too easy, since the game just keeps throwing extra lives at you.
  10. The characters never shut up.
  11. Bad character animations, especially on SpongeBob himself.
  12. Only fifteen levels (twelve in the 3DS and Vita ports).
  13. Speaking of the 3DS port, the music is extremely short and after it finishes it takes a few seconds to loop and play again.
  14. With the easy difficulty, you can get bored with this game easily after 30 minutes.
  15. Every character plays almost the same, making switching between them pointless.
  16. It has a very poor grasp of the source material. The plot has almost nothing to do with the movie, and to add insult to injury, Burger Beard doesn't appear, despite being the main antagonist of the movie (canonically, this game could take place after the movie, but there is no excuse to why the story can't follow the movie's plot)! The game's plot itself is extremely paper-thin.
  17. The upgrades are useless since they only last for a determined time. Even the upgrades in Plankton's Robotic Revenge last forever.
  18. There is only one boss fight in the entire game, and the other "boss fight" is just a chase. To add more insult to injury, there is no final boss battle! Even Plankton's Robotic Revenge had more boss battles, and while they were bland, there was a good number of them and at least they felt like bosses!
  19. Horrible ending.
    • Speaking of endings, if you play alone, you will inevitably get the bad ending, meaning this game was meant to be played with co-op. However, this game never actually tells you that! To make matters worse, the Xbox 360 version is the only version that supports multiplayer.
    • To make matters even worse, once you do get all the pages, the ending practically plays out the exact same way, the only difference being some dialogue changes and Bubbles breakdancing. No, we’re not making this up, folks.
  20. It was so bad that it even got removed from Xbox Live, the PlayStation Store, and the Nintendo eShop in April 2016 along with Plankton's Robotic Revenge (not that you are missing out on anything, because the games are still available physically).
  21. Just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, it rips off Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
  22. The Xbox 360 version was overpriced, costing $40 when the price should've been no more than $20.
  23. The game can be beaten in three to five hours.
  24. Little to absolutely no story whatsoever, following Point 8.
  25. The 3DS's Music is broken, the Level Music extremely short and after it finishes it takes a few seconds to loop and play again.
  26. It's possible for Player 1 to fall into the void and, due to the camera issue, break the current level. This seems to happen if the player manages to go down over a pit.
  27. It nearly killed the chances of a SpongeBob video game until a remake of Battle for Bikini Bottom was released in 2020

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The voice acting is passable.
  2. Just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, the CGI is decent.
  3. Good one-liners (although repetitive).
  4. The Final Level Could be a reference to an unused level in SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom.
  5. It can be very funny for some gltches and horrible cutscenes.

Reception

This game was met with worse reception than Plankton's Robotic Revenge, with a user score of 3.1/10 on Metacritic, and a 2.9/5 on The Vita Lounge. It is considered by many fans and critics to be a disgrace to the SpongeBob SquarePants video games.

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Comments


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EnnardTrap1987

21 months ago
Score 7
Talking about Shovelware.
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Hayden B.

16 months ago
Score 1
This game is basically Activision at their worst, minus microtransactions.
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ChrisHeers2001

16 months ago
Score -1
If IGN did a review of this game back when it was new, I'd guarantee they would've given it a lower score than Plankton's Robotic Revenge and said: "SpongeBob HeroPants somehow managed to be even worse than Plankton's Robotic Revenge, giving it the distinction of being the worst game in the series."
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Just Leon

10 months ago
Score 1
Why? WHY did I own this on my Xbox 360?!
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Just Leon

10 months ago
Score -3
Sorry for accidental deletion, but anyways, believe it or not, I actually got this for my birthday in 2016!
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VinnyRocchio

7 months ago
Score 2
Me (doing a Mrs. Puff impression from "Boating School"): Oh, Activision, why?
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

6 months ago
Score 0
I’m glad I never played this piece of junk, mostly because I don’t have an Xbox (though I am getting one for my birthday) nor a PlayStation Vita, I have a 3DS though but I honestly don’t have ANY interest in getting this game soon.
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ThePCGamer

5 months ago
Score 0
Well I'm NOT gonna own this game, even if I will have a 3DS or a PS Vita (I don't currently have any console btw).
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NoveltyMan

one month ago
Score 0
I have an Xbox 360, but I'm not going to play this game.
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ChrisHeers2001

5 months ago
Score 1
What if IGN were to say this about the game in a review back then? "SpongeBob HeroPants managed to be even worse than Plankton's Robotic Revenge, giving it the distinction of being the worst game in the series."
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LouBlu08

25 days ago
Score 0
2.01/10.
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LucianoTheWindowsFan

5 months ago
Score 0

"The 3DS's Music is broken, the Level Music extremely short and after it finish's it takes a few seconds to loop and play again."

This is why I hate console limitations.
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ChrisHeers2001

5 months ago
Score 1
Like I would put in WIS, due to Activision's Nickelodeon License expiring some time after the release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan, the chances for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch versions of SpongeBob HeroPants are most likely none.
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SuperSonicKazooie

2 months ago
Score 0
Doesn't anybody think this game is a shameless rip-off of Super Mario 3D World because of the gameplay and it's multiplayer mode included in the game? I know that just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, this shovelware trash is also a complete rip-off of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
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Pepsimaaan78

2 months ago
Score -1
A shitty game based off of a shitty ass movie
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CaddyFan

25 days ago
Score 0

I thought the movie was alright tho

Maybe that’s just nostalgia-talking.
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LouBlu08

25 days ago
Score 0
If this game released on the original DS, I can only imagine how awful the SpongeBob texture would look.
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MindOfVictor

one day 2 hours 52 minutes ago
Score 0
JUst play the ds version of Spongebob: planktons robotic revenge
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COMICSDUDE1245

19 days ago
Score 0
ever since i played this game in 3rd grade i still wonder....why...what was the point of this awful game?does it have a purpose?
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Code yellow

19 days ago
Score 0
you know whats bullshit?
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Fortdicted

8 days ago
Score 0
A bad game based off of a good movie!

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