- Publisher: THQ
- Release Date: Nov 21, 2002
Play MagazineLevels so sparse they should run at 30, the models are bad, and there's loading where there should be none. [Feb 2003, p.90]
Mixed or average reviews- based on 42 Ratings
Jun 28, 2017SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman. One of the first games I got on my Playstation 2 and loved it to bits as a kid, but ISpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman. One of the first games I got on my Playstation 2 and loved it to bits as a kid, but I never did beat it. So I decided to go back and revisit it in 2016 for both nostalgia and curiosity if was as good as I remember. Let's get started with the review!
Story: The story is very simple. SpongeBob wakes up and begins playing fetch with Gary. As they are playing fetch, Gary digs up a treasure chest. SpongeBob opens the chest and finds a magic bottle and SpongeBob accidentally releases The Flying Dutchman. Soon The Flying Dutchman starts taking all of SpongeBob's friends. In order for SpongeBob to save his friends and defeat The Flying Dutchman, he will have to collect 9 letters in each of the 7 levels in the game (Spelling out SpongeBob's name) and find all seven pieces of The Dutchman's treasure. This objective is simple enough, however the ways you obtain the letters varies. Be it collecting a certain number of doubloons (Dutchman's Coins) or doing jumping puzzles to obtain one. After you collect all 9 letters in a level, you go on a treasure hunt around the map in search of the treasure. Overall I enjoyed doing this from start to finish, however the ending of the game was very underwhelming and not very satisfying at all. The story will take you about 4-6 hours to beat, which is not very long, 6-8 hours for completionist like myself. However I don't recommend 100% this game. The game doesn't reward you for collecting all the doubloons and Jellyfish, since they are required for 100%. No extra stuff, no secret ending for doing so. Pointless!
Visuals: When it comes to visuals, this game is Fantastic! You have a total of 8 worlds in the game.
Bikini Bottom, Jellyfish Fields, Chum World, Goo Lagoon, Treedome, Downtown, Bikini Bottom the main hub, and Dutchman's Graveyard. All of these places are bright in colors and unique in visuals and are open for exploration. Also character models and personalities are solid and is one of the best parts of the game, well except for Larry The Lobster. They stayed true to the TV show in these respects and as a result, these things are the best parts of the game.
Gameplay: Playing as SpongeBob, he has a total of four different costumes, which each has their own unique ability. The regular SpongeBob outfit has no special ability and is more for appearance purposes. The reefblower outfit that cleans up sand and moves fans. MermaidMan outfit which gives you the ability to shoot a waterball at targets and your foes. And a Jellyfish outfit which gives you a net to capture jellyfish. Each costume also has it's own soundtrack and the music is good but it REPEATS ITSELF CONSTANTLY!!!!!!!! The game only has 8 songs in total and don't get me wrong, they are all good. But a lot of them repeat themselves. Out of all the 8 worlds I mention, only 2 OF THEM have their own soundtracks. A soundtrack is suppose to set the mood for the world and what is going in the game world. When you here the regular SpongeBob music while something intense is happening, it ruins the mood. Also something else that is annoying about the game is the camera. It goes in random directions at times, get stuck in objects and is a pain in the *ss to deal with. The game runs ok overall but in some levels has has noticeable frame rate drops. But my biggest complaint is the game is way too easy! If you die there is no punishment whatsoever and you just respawn like nothing ever happened. I know it's a kids game and you can't make it super hard, but come on it's no fun when it's a walk in the park and kids need to be challenged!
Verdict: Overall, if you love SpongeBob and/or you played this game when you were a kid. You will probably like the game and be able to handle it's many gameplay issues. However if your not a fan of SpongeBob, it may be a game not worth your time since you don't appreciate SpongeBob and the visual style put into it like the fans will. However, trying to stay in the middle of both sides. I think it's an excellent visual representation of the TV show that makes me interested in the simple story and objectives it offers. But, unfortunately it falls short with a number of gameplay problems and gameplay is the most important element of a game! Due to these gameplay issues it stops it from being a alright game.
Story: 7/10 Visuals: 9.5/10 Gameplay 5/10
SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman 5/10… Full Review »
May 12, 2017THQ was pretty well-known back in the day (that being the 1990s and the 2000s) for their many video games based on popular NickelodeonTHQ was pretty well-known back in the day (that being the 1990s and the 2000s) for their many video games based on popular Nickelodeon cartoons. Seeing as how "SpongeBob SquarePants" was one of the most popular Nick shows of all time, it should come as no shock that they made their fair share of "SpongeBob" games. The first one to release on sixth-generation consoles was "SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman," which was developed by BigSky Interactive, a company that closed their doors after the release of this game. I can kind of understand why.
"SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman" is a relatively short adventure, but one that's actually pretty fun. The game's controls, though occasionally sluggish, are fine enough, the level design isn't bad, the many worlds of SpongeBob are accurately portrayed here, and the music is quite catchy. On top of that, the voice acting is pretty solid, thanks to the fact that BigSky got all of the original voice actors to return, and they do a great job bringing their characters to life in the game.
The game isn't without fault, however: though the music is catchy, it is repetitive and it only changes depending on your costume, the graphics are sub-par, the game's objectives aren't necessarily clear (this is a kid's game, they should be), the game as a whole doesn't feel very much like the show (the characters act far different than they should), and the loading times are downright obnoxious, so much so that there is literally a loading screen for the loading screen, which is absolutely unacceptable. On top of that, if you're like me and played the PlayStation 2 version, you probably had to "save scum" your way through the entire game because of the fact that entering a new area could often result in a glitch that sends you back to the PS2's memory card screen and effectively deletes the progress you made to that point. It's really not convenient, and it's unacceptable for such a thing to exist.
All in all, "SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman" is nothing special: it's a fun little game that kids and "SpongeBob" fans can enjoy...on the GameCube. If you really want to play it, play it on the GameCube, that way you don't have to engage in a battle with a stupid loading glitch. Either way, it's a decent game, nothing more, nothing less.
Final rating: 6 out of 10 "Decent"… Full Review »
Apr 27, 2017Perhaps it's my nostalgia speaking, but as a kid I thought this game was amazing.
From the wonderfully charming music to the cheesy loveablePerhaps it's my nostalgia speaking, but as a kid I thought this game was amazing.
From the wonderfully charming music to the cheesy loveable characters I could not really see any problems with it for the age range expected to play it. It's easy to pick up and get into, has an easy to understand story and its level of difficulty is hard-but-not-to-hard which is perfect for kids getting in to 3D platforming games. The puzzles are well balanced, with some being simple and others taking some extra effort and time to master to complete, and each world is themed appropriately to areas of the show that kids will easily recognise.
The controls are a little bit clunky, but for a PS2 game from 2002, it's not too bad. It's still very much playable and highly addictive, even today. Anyone giving this game a bad review clearly hasn't allowed themselves to think like a kid while playing this, this game is perfectly designed to appeal to the young Spongebob audience, the fact I still like it 15 years later is simply because of nostalgia, but I'm sure there are Spongebob fans (and even 3D platformer fans) who could still get a kick out of this game.
As Spongebob games go, I certainly think this one's an underrated classic. Not the best game made from the franchise, but certainly not a bad one either.… Full Review »