SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a full remake of a beloved platforming classic. While it boasts a vibrant visual upgrade, does the core gameplay stand up after so many years?
They don’t make licensed platformers like they used to. Back in the days of PS2, Xbox and GameCube you were spoiled for choice when it came to adventures based on your favourite properties, many of which focused on the biggest cartoons and films of the day.
SpongeBob: SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom was one of a few licensed platformers that didn’t vanish into obscurity, lasting into the modern day thanks to a dedicated fanbase and surprisingly expansive speedrunning community. It’s a cult classic, holding a reputation esteemed enough to warrant a full remake with Rehydrated.
Purple Lamp Studios has recreated this iconic platformer with the utmost accuracy, maintaining its beloved characters and level design while ensuring its visuals look the part after almost two decades. The results are oftentimes astonishing, even if some aspects feel frighteningly archaic when up against more contemporary efforts.
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