In this game, Squidward has to find keys to open a door to get his vacuum cleaner before his casserole in the oven overheats and explodes his house. The player controls Squidward using the arrow keys. The player must collect all the keys in the room before the thermometer breaks, otherwise the game will end. Every consecutive key that is collected increases point gain by increments of 35 (the first key earns the player 35 points, the second earns 70, and so on). This does not carry on across levels.
After collecting all the keys, the player must then find the correct door to proceed to the next level. The other doors spill trash out and immobilize Squidward for a few seconds. Also, completing a level reduces the thermometer level and gives the player bonus points.
The player must avoid SpongeBob, Gary, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, and a fish person. If Squidward comes in contact with any of these characters, he will be rendered immovable for a few seconds. This will also reset the point gain back to 35.