Recent financial reports from THQ Nordic parent company Embracer Group reveal that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a hit, having sold over one million copies since its June launch. It turns out that carefully revived, budget-priced nostalgia is a pretty easy buy for plenty of fans.
The original SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom was a solid platformer and an unusually strong outing for a licensed title (in an era with licensed games aplenty, the GameCube had its fair share of hits). Many found that the remake held up pretty well, even if new content like the added horde mode kind of stunk. An added mode luckily didn’t compromise the familiar fun of running around Bikini Bottom as SpongeBob and friends, while the shiny graphics overhaul ended up working pretty well to make a funny, by-the-numbers 2000s platformer worth another visit all the way in 2020. In our review, we gave the game a 7 out of 10, praising its atmosphere’s similarity to the show and the solid core gameplay, but noting that at the end of the day, the game is aimed at a younger audience and thus might be a bit too simple to keep platforming veterans entertained. Additionally, our reviewer agreed with me on the game’s tacked on co-op mode, namely in that it stunk. As a result, there’s not really that much new stuff to entice old players into another go-around – if you want to revisit this game, it’s gonna be a nostalgia-fueled decision (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).
Are you one of the million who have picked up SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated? Did you play the original game as a kid? How did the Switch remake hold up for you? Would you be down for remakes of any other past SpongeBob SquarePants games? Share your thoughts in the comments below.