SpongeBob HeroPants is a video game based on The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water film, and developed by Behaviour Interactive and published by Activision for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox 360. It was released on February 3, 2015 in North America and March 26, 2015 in Europe.
Why It Sucks
- The gameplay is a reskin of SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge, which was also a bad game. On a related note, even the robot enemies and some of the music were recycled from Plankton's Robotic Revenge.
- Poor graphics, with constant framerate drops and lag (Even the cutscenes lag!).
- No facial animation whatsoever.
- Bad camera.
- Dull platforming.
- Boring combat.
- Very easy.
- The plot is extremely paper thin.
- The characters NEVER SHUT UP.
- Short length, with only 15 Levels (12 on the 3DS and Vita versions).
- You can get bored with this game easily after 30 minutes.
- All characters play the same.
- Bad platform selection. No Wii U, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One versions of the game exist, not even PlayStation 3, or PC versions for that matter, when the game was released in early 2015 when most of those were the current generation of consoles save for the PlayStation 3. The only good platform release is the 3DS version, since it was part of the current generation of consoles with the proper target audience. The Xbox 360 was outdated by that time and should have at least had 1 8th gen version or PC version to go along with it, or even a PS3 version for that matter, and to add insult to injury considering it is a reskin of SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge which was on BOTH the Wii U and PS3 two years earlier, gives zero reasons for it not to be on either of them, and not a lot of people play/own on the PlayStation Vita especially the games target audience.
- Very very very very VERY poor grasp of source material to the original film, for one thing, this game's plot has almost nothing to do with the Sponge Out of Water movie which is a counterpart to, and secondly, Burger Beard doesn't appear despite being the main antagonist of the movie. Canonically, this game could take place after the movie, but there is no excuse to why they couldn't make the story follow the movie's plot.
- Repetitive gameplay.
- The upgrades are useless.
- No real bosses, there is only one boss fight in the entire game and the other "boss fight" is just a chase, to aid insult to injury, there is no final boss battle!!!!!! (give the previous game credit, while the bosses in that game were bland, there were a good number of them and at least they felt like bosses).
- Poor ending.
- No originality at all.
- Could have easily been ported to the PlayStation 2 in the mid 2000s.
- It got nominated in Kids Choice Awards 2016 for Favorite Video Game, but lost to Just Dance 2016.
- It even got removed from Xbox Live, PlayStation Store, and Nintendo eShop in April 2016 along with SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge. (Not that you are missing out on anything, the games are available physically anyways.)
- Just like Spongebob Squarepants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge, the game is a rip-off of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
- The Xbox 360 version was overpriced, costing $40, when it should be no more than $20.
- The voice acting is passable.
- Good one-liners.