SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! is a SpongeBob SquarePants video game that was released in 2005. It is a party game consisting of more than 30 mini-games to play.
The producer of the superhero show The Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, Gill Hammerstein, is filming a special episode in Bikini Bottom and using the locals as actors. All of your favorites are desperate to impress the talent scouts who have created a series of action-packed challenges to test the wannabe stars. Join SpongeBob and his friends as you compete against your friends for 9 different roles, including the coveted supervillain role, the Sneaky Hermit.
28 artwork and 27 action figure unlockables each, making for a total of 55 major unlockables.
30 auditions to choose from
Journey to various Bikini Bottom locations like the Krusty Krab to gain roles in the new episode of The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
This is a list of mini-games (referred to as auditions in the game) available in the game:
When an episode of the popular series "The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy", is supposed to be filmed in Bikini Bottom and Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy do not show up, with the show in danger of being canceled, the show's producer, Gill Hammerstein makes it SpongeBob's job to find Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy and gain roles for him and Squidward in order for the show to go on.
Journey to various stages, winning roles along the way.
When an episode of the popular series The New Adventures of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, is supposed to be filmed in Bikini Bottom and nobody shows up to audition except for one yellow sponge, the show is put on hold. With the show in danger of being canceled, the show's producer, Gill Hammerstein, makes it SpongeBob's job to collect props and find actors in order for the show to go on.
Journey to various locations in Bikini Bottom, locating characters along the way.
Use SpongeBob to perform mini-missions and tasks for other characters in Bikini Bottom, convincing them to be on the TV Show!
Participate in a variety of Mini-Games when you need a break from the Main Game.
Numerous cameo appearances from the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series.
Select cast and props of your movie then watch it.
The game play aspect and the mini game format were possibly influenced from the famed Mario Party titles.
Some people, also describe this as a SpongeBob version of Mario Party due to the mini-games.
When SpongeBob goes to the Mermalair, he can be heard saying Bad Word #11.
When SpongeBob wins an audition, one of his phrases is "Go self!" This phrase is heard in the pilot episode "Help Wanted."
The game's title is a parody of the phrase "Lights, Camera, ACTION!"
SpongeBob is shown riding a unicycle (1 wheel cycle) but in the console versions of the game when he is an Police Officer he rides an normal cycle, yelling, "I'm Ready! I'm Ready!" instead of his unicycle, but the colors are the same.
This game was also set to be released on the DS and PSP, however they were not released on those systems.
In the PC version, when SpongeBob has to catch Man-Ray, SpongeBob was unable to catch him. When that happened, he said "He so amazing! I must do something to stop him and convince him to be in the show. Let's see... in episode 17 of Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy... AHA! They used the tickle belt on him!" In "Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy III," when he was talking about the tickle belt, he said that it was from episode 17, a reference to this game.
There's the cheat code 977548, which can unlock you a special feature.
There is a coloring error in the game with Squidward and Plankton where in some minigames ("Charge!" and "Inflatable Pants" being notable examples), Plankton will have blue and Squidward will have green. Plankton may also sometimes have gray, although this is probably because of his robot.
The PS2, GameCube and Xbox versions have the same gameplay, while the GameBoy Advance and PC versions each have their own gameplay style.
Generally, as seen by gaming reviews and by the overall opinion of fans, Lights, Camera, Pants was viewed as one of the better SpongeBob-based video games made.