SpongeBob's Atlantis SquarePantis is a SpongeBob SquarePants video game based on the television series and the TV special. This is the first SpongeBob game that is based on an episode. This is also the first SB game on home consoles that is not for GameCube. This is also the first time a player can play as Mr. Krabs. This is also the last game for PS2 and GBA consles.
In the beginning of the game, SpongeBob and Patrick are blowing bubbles. They blow one that is too large and they get trapped inside, taking them to a cave. In the cave, they discover parts of the Atlantean Amulet. After finding all ten pieces, the cave begins to collapse and they must escape. After leaving the cave, the two go to Bikini Bottom and show the Amulet to Squidward at the museum. He realizes that by finding the Amulet, they are able to go to Atlantis.
They want to take Mr. Krabs, who agrees, but makes SpongeBob and Patrick find his golden spatula first. After finding it, they try to get Sandy to come with them, who agrees under the condition that SpongeBob and Patrick defeat her in a karate match. After defeating Sandy, they head into the bus and fly to Atlantis, but run out of song fuel. The bus crashes.
They discover they are in the lost continent of Mu. The leader of Mu tells them they can find sheet music for Squidward to play there, but they need to find the red and blue jewels to be able to access it in the ruins of Mu. They find both jewels and fight a boss for the sheet music, but they discover it is too dirty.
So they head into the volcano to find a sacred fire flower that can make the music readable. Upon finding it, Squidward's clarinet has been stolen by a giant jellyfish, but they manage to recover it. Squidward plays the sheet music, providing the song fuel needed to reach Atlantis.
After reaching Atlantis, Lord Royal Highness lets them explore it. They travel through a treasure room, a science lab, a music room, and an industrial factory before they finally reach the world's oldest living bubble.
Unfortunately, SpongeBob and Patrick pop it and the Atlanteans turn on them, forcing the two to have to escape quickly. After fighting through the Atlantean guards, they reach the courtyard of Atlantis, where Plankton pops out. They destroy Plankton's tank and return home to Bikini Bottom.
Idle Animations seen in DS
SpongeBob - Sits on the ground and plays his nose like a flute.
Patrick - Sits around and looks left and right and then chews on his hand.
SpongeBob SquarePants (Amulet Adventure, Snap Happy, part of Music Magical Journey, Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus), Tour Trouble, parts of Hide and Sneak)
Sandy Cheeks (part of Music Magical Journey, Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus), parts of Tour Trouble, Money Krabbing, parts of Hide and Sneak, Squidward Super Shooter)
Patrick Star (Amulet Adventure, part of Music Magical Journey, Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus), parts of Tour Trouble, Paparazzi Patrick, parts of Hide and Sneak)
Squidward Tentacles (part of Music Magical Journey, Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus), parts of Tour Trouble, Squidward the Poser, parts of Hide and Sneak, Squidward Super Shooter (technically the gun))
Mr. Krabs (does not speak) (Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus), parts of Tour Trouble, parts of Hide and Sneak)
Plankton (Tanklantis Plankpantis (in a tank), part of Music Magical Journey, Bus Building Bonanza (technically in the bus, but doesn't speak), Armory Antics, Super Tank Showdown (in a tank))
SpongeBob (Tanklantis Plankpantis, part of Music Magical Journey, Money Krabbing, Paparazzi Patrick, Armory Antics, Operation: Trash Dash)
Sandy (part of Music Magical Journey, part of Tour Trouble, Armory Antics, Operation: Trash Dash)
Patrick (Tanklantis Plankpantis, part of Music Magical Journey, part of Tour Trouble, part of Money Krabbing, Armory Antics Operation: Trash Dash)
Squidward (part of Music Magical Journey, part of Tour Trouble, Money Krabbing, Armory Antics, Operation: Trash Dash)
Mr. Krabs (Snap Happy, Music Magical Journey, part of Tour Trouble, Money Krabbing, Armory Antics, Operation: Trash Dash)
Tanklantis Plankpantis - Help Plankton maneuver his tank through Atlantis and shoot ice cream at opposing tanks.
Amulet Adventure - Play as SpongeBob and Patrick as they journey through the abandon caves and find the missing halves of the Atlantis Amulet
Snap Happy - Help SpongeBob take pictures of the museum exhibits with his camera and shoot Krabby Patties at annoying guards
Music Magical Journey - Help Squidward, Sandy, SpongeBob, Patrick, and Plankton sing to help the fuel gauge on the bus stay normal
Bus Building Bonanza - Drive the Magical Flying Bus through the Atlantis gardens and repair it by collecting tool kits
Tour Trouble - Help SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, Squidward, and Mr. Krabs stay safe on Lord Royal Highness's tour
Money Krabbing - Help Sandy collect money for Mr. Krabs in the treasure room
Squidward the Poser - Help the Atlantis artist paint Squidward by helping Squidward strike the correct pose at the correct time.
Paparazzi Patrick - Help Patrick take some souvenir photos of the Atlantian exhibits
Hide and Sneak - Help the gang avoid the Atlantians after popping the World's Oldest Living Bubble
Armory Antics - Help Plankton strike the correct movements at the correct time to reach the Atlantis weapon room
Squidward Super Shooter - Help Sandy use Squidward as a ping-pong ball shooting machine to help them defeat the Atlantians
Super Tank Showdown - Like in Level 1 help Plankton maneuver his tank through Atlantis through new areas as not seen in level 1
Operation: Trash Dash - After the gang has said goodbye and left help the Atlantian throw the amulet in the trash by striking the correct movements at the correct time.
Just like the TV special, the game earned mixed to mostly negative feedback.
An IGN review of the Nintendo DS version was headlined "SpongeBob actually managed to be boring." Likewise, the most-criticized aspects of all versions was the clunky camera control, the lackluster AI, and the annoying method of having to return to the start of the level to switch characters. It was also called "too short" and "too easy" for older gamers. A review of the Wii version called the game "second-rate", "sloppy", "tedious" and "really boring". The graphics were criticized for being "bland". The PlayStation 2 version was criticized for the same reasons, but were given a slightly lower rating, because IGN says that Wii Remote controls spice up the shooting games.
There are only two platforming stages in the game. The game has mostly "point and shoot" and button combination stages.
Each stage has three acts. The other two acts need to be purchased at the shop.
The game starts off with Plankton in his tank destroying Atlantis. Unlike the episode which starts off with SpongeBob and Patrick blowing bubbles. (Which in the game is shown as a flashback.)
Mr. Krabs is bright red in the original PlayStation 2 version.
Mr. Krabs doesn't speak. He only makes groaning and laughing sounds.
In the TV episode, they never stop in the lost continent of Mou to refuel, which only happens in the DS version of the game.