Spongebob SquarePants is a game primarily based on the animated feature film launched in 2004. Spongebob SquarePants features six huge, movie-inspired 3D environments set in Bikini Bottom. Each environment is designed to be explored by the game’s characters, who can also unlock bonus levels. Hidden in each bonus level are items and secret rewards the boost the game character's overall performance and level score.
The Spongebob SquarePants game begins with an introductory clip that presents a mystery involving the loss of King Neptune's crown, leading the undersea ruler to suspect Mr. Krabs as the culprit due to the latter’s unusual attraction to wealth. But Spongebob doesn't believe that his Krusty Krabs boss is the thief, so with the help of his dimwitted pal, Patrick Starr, they embark on a dangerous and challenging journey to Shell City, a place where many say no one has ever returned from. Together, the lead characters explore the unknown territory in a comedic adventure where the player takes on active role in controlling one of the two characters – depending on the strategic requirements of the situation - in an attempt to prevail over numerous challenges and earn “manliness” points and power-ups in the journey towards clearing Mr. Krabs’ name and subsequently returning the crown to the Sea King.