SpongeBob SquarePants: SuperSponge is a SpongeBob SquarePants video game for the PlayStation and the Game Boy Advance, released on November 5th, 2001 in the US, August 13th in Europe, and January 15th, 2002 in Australia.
SpongeBob wants to give Patrick a signed autograph of their favorite superheroes, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy, but they give SpongeBob challenges. Now, SpongeBob must go around Bikini Bottom to complete the challenges for Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy.
Many golden spatulas are scattered in every level, they serve as life for SpongeBob. However, if SpongeBob is hit, he will lose all spatulas. Collecting 100 spatulas will grant you a life similar to Sonic Adventure. Also, if he is hit while not having spatulas, he'll lose a life.
Chapter One: Bikini Bottom
Bikini Bottom's pathway is going down the neighborhood into the Jellyfish fields around Sandy's dome across the Fish Hooks Park and around Downtown Bikini Bottom to fight a mother jellyfish.
Level 1: Jelly Fields
At the start of the game, Squidward instructs you about the controls and how to use the jellyfish net. The objective of the level is to get the Jellyfish Jelly.
Level 2: Sandy's Tree Dome
The second level and rising in difficulty because you need to refill your water helmet that has sprung a leak. The objective of this level is to get the Seanut Butter.
Level 3: Fish Hooks Park
The third level you must traverse the landscape using fish hooks and some spiky pits make for obstacles in your way. The objective of this level is to get the lettuce.
Level 4: Downtown Bikini Bottom
The final level which has medium difficult laid out, at the end you must face the Mother Jellyfish who will try to sting you and your only way to defeat her is to throw jellyfish at her. The objective of this game is to get the bread.
Chapter 2: To the Center of the Earth
Level 1: Cavernous Canyons
At the beginning of the level, Mr. Krabs tells you how to use the coral blower. The objective is to try to get the Kelp cream.
Level 2: Thermal Tunnels
Patrick tells you how to use a balloon he got for his birthday so you can float past obstacles. The objective is to get the loofah.
Level 3: Acrid Air Pockets
This level has very high difficulty. You learn to blow bubbles and use them as platforms to jump on. The objective is to get the mud pack.
Level 4: Lava Fields
In this level, you jump over the lava and dodge the fireballs that shoot out of the lava. At the end of the level, you fight a mechanical fish called a Sub-Shark. There are rumors that Plankton created this creature. To defeat him, you are to use a jellyfish launcher and shoot jellyfish at him. If you are out of jellyfish, bounce on the tires and butt-bounce on him. The objective is to get the false teeth.
Chapter 3: Bikini Bottom Prehistoric Times
Level 1: Precipice Canyon
Before the level starts, you are in Plankton's lab. Plankton is mad at you for discovering his secret time machine, but he lets you use it anyway. SpongeBob enters the time machine. Then the level begins. You start off by butt-bouncing on the unstable floor so you can get down. Then you use Patrick's balloon to float down gently. Mr. Krabs tells you that you can walk on spikes by using squeaky boots. The objective is to get the superhero underpants.
Level 2: Desert Wasteland
Sandy teaches you to use the karate glove to chop enemies. You can kill the tornado by butt-bouncing on it. You must find the scallop bra.
Level 3: Kelpazoic Jungle
The objective of the level is to find the slippers. At the end of the level, you are being eaten by a whale, hinting the next level.
Level 4: Inside the Whale
You must dodge the goo and fish bones to get the scallop bra, but it won't be easy. The whale has a parasitic worm inside him, and you must fight it by butt-bouncing on it.
Chapter 4: Rock Bottom
Level 1: Road to Rock Bottom
Barnacle Boy requests his favorite candy bar from Rock Bottom. In this level you must climb down the road that goes down to Rock Bottom. You must get a coin for the candy machine, but the machine is empty. You try going to Lonely Souls.
Level 2: Lonely Souls
You must hop on the parts of the bridge and ride the rafts. At the end, you find another candy machine and another coin, but that machine is empty too. You decide to look in the graveyard.
Level 3: Graveyard
You are looking for a coin to get a candy bar for Barnacle Boy again, and this time you must dodge ghosts and skulls. You reach the end of the level, and you find a coin for another candy machine, and that one is empty too! Who is eating all those candy bars???
Level 4: Last Stop
You look for one more coin for a candy bar. You start out above ground, but then you go underground. The level ends with a boss fight with the Flying Dutchman. You beat him by using the jellyfish launcher. You finally get a candy bar.
Chapter 5: Industrial
Level 1: Jelly Fields (industrial version)
Mermaid Man will miss his favorite show if SpongeBob doesn't get the tools to fix the TV. So you first have to get a hammer. You dodge the oil to get to the end of the level.
Level 2: Man Ray's Lair
You try to avoid the oil and Man Ray. The objective is to get the antenna.
Level 3: Oil Rig
You must avoid the flames and enemies. You also must hop on moving platforms and jump in pipes. You must get an oil can.
Level 4: Canning Factory
The final level of the game involves butt-bouncing on boxes and wooden floors to get a monkey wrench. The level ends with a boss fight with a dog made of iron called an Iron Dogfish. To beat him, you must spray steam at him to freeze him. While he is frozen, you must butt-bounce on him before he unfreezes. Keep doing this until he is dead. You win the monkey wrench and beat the game.
SpongeBob is in Shady Shoals fixing the TV. Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy give you the signed picture of them, and Barnacle Boy learns that friendship is priceless. Then everyone is in SpongeBob's house celebrating Patrick's birthday. The credits roll.
GameBoy Advance Version
The GameBoy Advance version of SuperSponge has less detail than the PlayStation version. Also, the spatulas are not a measurement of health. The health is separate, with 100 hp. Some enemies are redesigned, such as those cone-shaped enemies (they are yellow in the PS version and are happy looking; while in the GBA version they are red and orange with an angry-looking face).
Some details and power-ups from the PS version are absent in the GBA version (such as the squeaky boots).
Fish Hooks Park
Downtown Bikini Bottom
Boss: Mother Jellyfish
Acrid Air Pockets
Inside the Whale
Boss: Parasitic worm
Road to Rock Bottom
Boss- Flying Dutchman
Man Ray's Lair
Boss- Iron Dogfish
Here is the dialogue of the ending:
SpongeBob: Happy Birthday Patrick from all your friends in Bikini Bottom!
Patrick: Today's my birthday? Hmm. I thought I was born a long time ago in a hospital. Thanks for the signed photo of my favorite superheroes anyhow. This is the best birthday ever!!
Since its release, SuperSponge received mostly mixed reviews. GameRankings gave the game 96% for the PS1 version and a 67.83% for the GBA version. Despite the mixed reviews, it made greatest hits for the PS1.