Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
Buy On
  1. 73
    This game offers a lot of variety and each area feels like a fresh and distinct entity rather than just a palette swap.
  2. Like a sponge that absorbs hours of your time, SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom will keep young gamers very occupied. By kids' standards I'm "old," but that didn't stop me from loving this game.
  3. Game Informer
    If you've had neurosurgery more than twice, you may (and I stress the word) find a thimble's worth of entertainment here. If not, you'll get more kicks out of a sponge...just an ordinary pantless sponge. [Nov 2003, p.153]
  4. 50
    It's all not as bad as it could have been, but nothing you can't get from dozens of other games.
  5. Play Magazine
    What really makes this one tick, though, is a level of creativity imbedded into each scenario that makes it impossible to put down, regardless of your maturity or lack thereof. [Nov 2003, p.80]
  6. The humor and writing is really top-notch SpongeBob SquarePants! It's just like the show that we all love to watch! SpongeBob SquarePants! The gameplay is simple but never gets dull...
  7. PSM Magazine
    It's huge and solidly designed, it controls well, and the levels, while admittedly linear, are filled with hidden items, secrets, and some fun activities. [Jan 2004, p.29]
  8. It’s surprising how well crafted the game is, especially taking into account the subject matter.
  9. GMR Magazine
    Like Bob himself, this game holds its water and is, in fact, remarkably fun. [Jan 2004, p.86]

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2003
#7 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. StephanieM.
    Jul 21, 2004
    Wow! This game is sponge-triffic! I played this game for 5hrs. Never stopped, I tell ya all, if you rent it, you'll never stop!
  2. RachelP.
    Feb 8, 2004
    I love spongebob so i knew i would love this game, too. it is a VERY GREAT game. two thumbs up!
  3. AdamL.
    Nov 25, 2003
    It looks and plays great.