SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam
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SpongeBob SquarePants: Underpants Slam is a 2007 action game released on December 26, 2007 for the Xbox 360 through the Xbox Live Arcade Marketplace, developed by Blitz Games (under the name Blitz Arcade) and published by THQ, this was THQ's first game designed for digital download, along with Screwjumper!
On January 7, 2013, the game was delisted due to THQ's bankruptcy, but on September 24, 2018, THQ Nordic re-released the game on the marketplace.
A storm current has disrupted a shipment of the undergarments of King Neptune's underwear, spreading them across the ocean floor. Neptune has called upon his subjects to collect the lost undergarments, with a reward offered to the one who collects the most pairs of underwear.
Players progress through 9 levels of play by collecting 99 pairs of underwear in each level. Playable characters include SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Plankton (unlockable), and Sandy. Levels are populated by jellyfish, who can swim away with pairs of underpants. These stolen underpants can only be retrieved by attacking the jellyfish, and failure to attack at the right moment results in an electrical shock. The jellyfish can be purple, blue (these ones steal the underpants), red, or yellow. Most pairs of underpants are scattered around levels, though several are hidden in objects such as pipes and boxes, which must be destroyed.
Why This Nautical Nonsense Is Nothing Everyone Wished
- Some aspects of the game are lazily recycled from SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab, such as the music, character models and animations, which is pure laziness, as they simply could’ve made different models to make it stand out from the aforementioned game.
- Stupid plot, especially for a game based on SpongeBob SquarePants.
- Speaking of the plot, not once is it actually brought up in game, which can be confusing on your first playthrough, and you have to resort to reading the description on the Marketplace page, or look online to know the plot.
- Poor level design, with every level playing the same, just with a different coat of paint. Most of it consists of a maze-like structures with items to break, with jellyfishes to avoid, and that’s it.
- For some reason, Realistic Fish Head isn’t voiced by Doug Lawrence, even though he voices Plankton in this game. This is like SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman since in that game, the narrator isn’t voiced by Tom Kenny, despite voicing SpongeBob in game.
- Patrick's eyelids on his character model are oversized.
- You are forced to collect all the underwear in the levels, meaning that if you miss any, you have to backtrack to the level to collect all the underwear.
- Every time you complete a level, you’re kicked back to the main menu instead of teleporting you to the next level, which gets pretty annoying.
- Only 3 level varieties, those being the Krusty Krab, the Flying Dutchman’s Ship, and Atlantis. And as mentioned in WTNNBNYW#3, the levels in those worlds all feel similar to each other.
- You can complete the main storyline in under an hour, due to how little content there is in this game.
- Lackluster reward for completing the game, all you get is a new character, which is Plankton, and that’s it, and there is no ending cutscene at all.
- Great voice acting, since most of the cast reprised their roles, even the Realistic Fish Head sounds alright despite not being voiced by Doug Lawrence.
- Mr. Krabs gets to be a playable character in a SpongeBob game for the first time.
- The graphics are great for an early Xbox Live Arcade game, with a pleasant and colourful environment just like the show itself.
- From January 7, 2013 to September 24, 2018, this game was considered lost media.