SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a 3D platforming video game based on SpongeBob SquarePants. It was officially released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on June 23, 2020.
Rehydrated is a remake of the Heavy Iron Studios version of the original Battle for Bikini Bottom, which was originally released in 2003. The player controls SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy to defend Bikini Bottom from a robot army created by Plankton. Rehydrated includes all of the original game’s content and adds a new multiplayer mode, which features content that was cut from the original game.
Rehydrated was being developed by Purple Lamp Studios and published by THQ Nordic. It was officially revealed on June 5, 2019; the first gameplay footage was shown at Gamescom 2019 a month later. Special physical editions were made available for pre-order in October 2019; digital pre-orders became available on April 16, 2020.
The game follows the same plot as the original. THQ Nordic’s announcement featured the following overview: “Are you ready, kids? The cult classic is back, faithfully remade in spongetastic splendor! Play as SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy and show the evil Plankton that crime pays even less than Mr. Krabs. Want to save Bikini Bottom from lots of rampant robots? Of course, you do! Want to underpants bungee jump? Why wouldn’t you! Want to join forces in a brand new multiplayer mode? The battle is on!”
The core gameplay involves collecting items and defeating the robots which have attacked various areas in Bikini Bottom, while crossing platforms and avoiding environmental hazards like spikes and flames. Some areas require different characters to beat, as each character has their own unique abilities. The player can control SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy. Switching characters requires the player to find a Bus Stop, upon using which the current character will switch to another, and using it again will switch back to the previous character, giving the player an option of two characters in each level. The default character throughout the game is SpongeBob; Sandy and Patrick do not share any levels as playable characters.
Throughout the game, the player will collect Shiny Objects, Socks, and Golden Spatulas. Shiny Objects are dropped by enemies and scattered throughout levels, and can be used to pay clams to progress through levels and unlock extra challenges. They can also be traded with Mr. Krabs for Golden Spatulas. Socks are placed in levels in harder to reach locations, and 10 of them can be traded to Patrick for a Golden Spatula. Golden Spatulas are used to unlock new areas in the game, and 75 of them are required to fight the final boss.
A new addition to the remake is a multiplayer horde mode in which two players face waves of robotic enemies. The mode includes cut content from the original game, including a fight against a robotic Squidward, a scrapped version of Patrick’s dream, and a cut phase of the Robo-SpongeBob fight.
OS: 10 (64bit)
Processor: AMD / Intel CPU running at 2.8 GHz or higher (AMD Phenom II X4 925 or Intel i3-4130 or newer are recommended)
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: AMD/NVIDIA graphic card, with at least 2GB of dedicated VRAM and with at least DirectX 11 and Shader Model 5.1 support: AMD Radeon HD 7870 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or newer is recommended.
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 8 GB available space
Sound Card: Integrated or dedicated DirectX 9 compatible soundcard
Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system, Windows 7 and 8.1 are supported but some AMD Graphics Cards might show weaker performance on these OS versions.