The player's objective is to save Gary from the Flying Dutchman. After four levels, SpongeBob and Patrick fight the Flying Dutchman and rescue Gary. However, after they rescue Gary, the Flying Dutchman will chase them with his ship and they will have to play the levels in reverse.
The player moves with the left and right arrow keys, ducks with the down arrow, and jumps with the up arrow. The spacebar uses the player's powerup.