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
- 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.
- Poor graphics, with constant framerate drops and lag. In fact, even the cutscenes lag!
- Not to mention, the dreadful graphics make the game feel like a PlayStation 2 game.
- No facial animations for any of the characters.
- The camera can't be controlled manually.
- Dull platforming.
- The combat is generic and boring, just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge.
- Just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, the difficulty is too easy, since the game just keeps throwing extra lives at you.
- The plot is extremely paper-thin.
- The characters never shut up.
- Only 15 levels (12 in the 3DS and Vita ports).
- With the easy difficulty, you can get bored with this game easily after 30 minutes.
- Every character plays the same, making switching between them pointless.
- No Wii U, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One versions exist; not even iOS, Android, Windows, Macintosh or PlayStation 3 versions for that matter. The game was released in early 2015, during the relevance of the current generation of consoles save for the PS3. The 3DS version is better since the 3DS was part of the current video game generation with the proper target audience. The Xbox 360 was (somewhat) outdated during the time of this game's release. To add insult to injury, considering it is a reskin of Plankton's Robotic Revenge, which was on both the Wii U and PlayStation 3 two years earlier. There's no reason for it not to be on either of them, and not a lot of people play/own on the PlayStation Vita, especially the game's target audience.
- 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)!
- Repetitive and generic platformer gameplay.
- The upgrades are useless since they only last for a determined time. Even the upgrades in Plankton's Robotic Revenge last forever.
- 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!
- 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.
- It (somehow) managed to get nominated for a Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Video Game in 2016, but Just Dance 2016 won that award instead.
- It was so bad that it even got removed from Xbox Live, the PlayStation Store, and the Nintendo eShop on April 2016 along with Plankton's Robotic Revenge (not that you are missing out on anything, because the games are still available physically).
- Just like Plankton's Robotic Revenge, it rips off Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
- The Xbox 360 version was overpriced, costing $40 when the price should've been no more than $20.
- The game can be beaten in three to five hours.
- Little to absolutely no story whatsoever, following Point 8.
- The voice acting is passable.
- Good one-liners (although repetitive).
- This was the last SpongeBob game Activision published, and they lost the license afterward.
This game received mostly unfavorable reviews, with a 2/5 on Common Sense Media, and a 2.9/5 on The Vita Lounge.