In 2020, game developer Purple Lamp Studios and publisher THQ Nordic rebooted the cult-classic 3D platformer SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom onto modern consoles. Now, it seems the developers have announced that SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is now officially heading to mobile devices later this month.
What Is The Game About?
For those unfamiliar with the game, Battle for Bikini Bottom was initially released in 2003. And it follows along with the hilarious antics of the world-renown Sponge-bob from Nickelodeon’s hit TV show. The gameplay presented was actually very similar to classic titles like Banjo-Kazooie. Which made it a retro-classic among players and viewers alike. This is especially because it did a good job at emulating the fun and humor of the cartoon series. This inevitably led to a large portion of the game’s player community wanting a remake. A remake that was officially released in 2020 on PS4, Xbox, and PC. It was aptly titled Battle For Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated. In this new remake, the developers rebuilt the game from the ground up and also improved the gameplay. This also includes the graphics, as well as restoring some previously cut content from the original release.
How Was The Game’s Reception Upon Release?
Upon its release, the game was well-received among Sponge-bob fans and gamers alike. However, that was not a sentiment shared by the game critics. The new remake ended up being given rather lackluster reviews. Many pointed out that it was a faithful recreation of the original PS2 iteration. But this was not completely a positive thing. This is because many previous relics of game design past were returned. And some of them didn’t exactly hold up quite almost two decades later.
However, despite this lukewarm reception, THQ Nordic opted not to slow down on its release schedule. And now its subsidiary HandyGames is currently developing a mobile port of the game. A mobile port that is set to be available on iOS and Android. Also, as mentioned earlier, this new mobile release is set to be a “premium title”. This means it will not feature any micro-transactions or paywalls. In other words, players will simply only have to pay for the game once. From then, they can enjoy it to its fullest extent permanently. With all of the game’s features and levels unlocked and free to access.
What Did The Trailer Show Us?
If the trailer is any proof, HandyGames has been working hard to translate all of the game’s content into a mobile form. So, if the gameplay is anything to go by, it should hopefully be carried over seamlessly. That way fans can be able to look forward to playing the game anywhere on the move. Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is currently available for pre-order on the App Store and Google Play Store for $8.99. The console and PC version currently retails for $29.99 on storefronts like Steam. However, it raises the question of what exactly has been cut or trimmed down on this mobile release to justify the huge price reduction. This has also led to many fans being somewhat skeptical, citing the game’s notable performance issues on Switch.
What Can We Expect From The Mobile Port?
If we take a look at HandyGames’ Twitter account, it seems that this mobile release will not need an internet connection. Moreover, Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated’s presence on the App Store means that players can also enjoy the game experience on Apple TV. So, despite the fact that the game is not being so high-profile, it’s still clearly garnered a devoted group of fans. Many of whom, will be excited to explore Bikini Bottom to its fullest extent come to its launch later this month. Additionally, since it is now being ported to mobile devices, there should be an even bigger audience and market of gaming fans who will be happy to take a trip down memory lane and explore the world of Sponge-bob on their phones.
Will The Mobile Release Be Any Good?
At this point, who knows if Battle for Bikini Bottom’s mobile port will exceed expectations? After all the standards set by the console and PC releases, last year was pretty impressive. However, the promises made by the publishers and developers suggest this will most likely be a successful launch. The game is currently available now for PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, and Xbox One. With the game’s mobile port, officially releasing this January 21, 2021 on both the Google Play and Apple Store.