A cargo ship drops batteries into the ocean. Plankton finds them and uses them to power his giant robot and robot army and takes the safe with the Krabby Patty secret formula. He also takes the map to the key and the two copies of it that opens the safe. SpongeBob and his friends have to stop him, defeat his robot minions and family members, retrieve the batteries, and find the three keys before he does to get the formula back.
This game is a third-person co-op shooter, similar to Brute Force. Players can buy and upgrade weapons on some places using a gizmo. The game features a four-player co-op game, whilst the Wii U version will allow for an additional fifth player when using a GamePad with four other controllers. Portable versions are only played with a single player.
Scout: A tiny, round robot that just wanders around aimlessly.
Super Scout: A larger version of the Scout which is more aggressive and actively chases after the player(s).
Turret: Is unable to move, but can shoot lasers.
Mortar: Shoots bombs instead of lasers.
Buzzbot: A buzz saw protrudes from the Buzzbot's body, deflecting all melee and gadget attacks as it charges towards the player(s). The only way to defeat one is to ground-pound the green button on its head.
Rocket-Bot: Will attack by trying to ram into the player(s) at a very high speed, but becomes dizzy after the attack. The attack can be dodged by jumping over the Rocket-Bot.
Landmine: Landmines are stationary enemies that self-destruct if you step inside the red circle around them.
Floating Mine: Floating Mines float in the air, and only explode if a player makes direct contact with them.
Tar Cannon: Instead of lasers, shoots sticky tar that can trap the player(s).
Electrobot: Electrobots are basically Super Scouts whose bodies are electrified, so they can't be touched at all or else the player will receive damage.
Buzzgunner: Basically a Buzzbot that is armed with guns as well as a buzz saw, so it is able to fire lasers as it chases after the player(s).
The 3DS version is identical to the console versions, except for the fact that multiplayer is not supported. The DS version is a lot more limited movement-wise, as the player cannot jump at will, but the player automatically jumps when he or she moves their character off the edge of a cliff. The music is also lower quality due to the limitations of the DS.
Plankton's Robotic Revenge received mixed to negative reviews from critics. According to the aggregating review website, GameRankings gave the PS3 version 42.50%, the Wii U version 40.00%, and the 3DS version 60.00%. While the game was panned for it's slowly developed gameplay, the return of the original voice actors were praised.
IGN panned the game with a score of 3.5 out of 10. GamingBolt rated the game 7 out of 10.
Plankton's Robotic Revenge was not a great success, with 421,000 copies sold across all platforms, so far.
Some of the production music used in the TV Show, was used in this game:
This is the first SpongeBob game that has an ESRB rating other than E. This time, it is rated E10+.
However, the DS version has a rating of E for "Everyone."
However, it is not the first SpongeBob game playable on those systems because all of the SpongeBob games for the Wii are compatible with the Wii U, and the PS version of SuperSponge and Nicktoons Racing can be played on all models of the PS3. (The launch model of the PS3 can play PS2 games, but newer models can't.)
This is the first SpongeBob/Nick game to be published by Activision, due to THQ's bankruptcy in 2013.
This is the first SpongeBob game that one can play as Mr. Krabs and Squidward in a console fighting game. Although, one could consider Squidward being used by Sandy in the SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis level, Squidward Super Shooter, as counting as him being played in a console fighting game.
On the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U versions, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy appear on the title screen. However, in the Wii version, they don't.
On one of the Bikini Bottom levels, Squidward says "Mr. Tentacles has all the talent," a reference to the episode "Artist Unknown."