THQ Nordic has unveiled a new Sponge Bob SquarePants game during its 10th anniversary live stream today, and while the trailer lacked actual gameplay, it was chock-full of iconic references to the series.
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake follows SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick as they break the fabric of reality using the Mermaid’s Tears Fulfilled Wish. The trailer doesn’t offer a lot of concrete gameplay information, but it certainly does provide plenty of series references. Here are the ones I caught.
The trailer takes us deep Spongebob nostalgia from the start as Plankton plays the first piano notes of “Sweet victory“, A song from” Band Geeks “, episode 15 of season 2 of the series. In this episode, Squidward tries to put Bikini Bottom together to play a Super Bowl-style halftime show. This moment was so popular in the series that it found its way onto the real one Half-time show scene during the Super Bowl 2019.
After SpongeBob and Patrick are sucked into a portal, SpongeBob rides a bubble surfboard in the next reference. BUT I have a theory that this bubble surfboard is the soul of the missing character, Scooter. Listen to me: in episode 23 of season 2 (“Bubble Buddy”), SpongeBob and his friend Bubble buddy leave Scooter buried in the sand before a big tide arrives. Scooter drowns off the screen and appears as an angel in the next scene. The official Spongebob The YouTube channel refers to this event in the video The haunting secret of the scooter | Mysteries Bikini Bottom Ep. 6, which leads me to believe that he could have reincarnated as a bubble surfboard in the next life. The logic behind my theory is that Scooter, may he rest in peace, was surfing in the episode in question, and although Bubble Buddy was … a bubble, the now-deceased Scooter was the only one who surfed in the episode. . I could be on to something… or I could think too much. You decide.
The next notable reference in the trailer occurs when SpongeBob takes on Sandy Cheeks in his karate protective gear. It’s a nod to episode 14 of season 1, “Karate Choppers”, in which SpongeBob SquarePants show off his martial arts prowess.
The fourth reference features the Caveman SpongeBob SquarePants, as seen in “Ugh,” the 54th episode of season three, in which a prehistoric SpongeBob SquarePants Patrick and Squidward discover fire.
The fifth reference represents SpongeBob SquarePants transformed into a snail, a spectacle that will haunt my dreams for nights to come. This is the 13th episode of the first season, “I Was a Teenager Gary,” in which Squidward accidentally injects SpongeBob SquarePants with snail plasma. Yeah, let’s all collectively forget that this episode exists.
The final reference shows the riding of SpongeBob SquarePants Mystery of the seahorse, a nod to episode 42 of season three, “My pretty seahorse.” In this episode, SpongeBob gets a pet seahorse and tries to hide it at work from Mr. Krabs.
That’s a lot of references! While I was bitter that we didn’t see any actual gameplay, it was pretty sick to hear Ms. Puff’s guitar solo. Hope we can soon discuss how The Cosmic Tremor actually looks like a game rather than all the ways it tries to remind us of the show.