SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom

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SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
Developer(s)Heavy Iron Studios
Platform(s)PlayStation 2
ReleaseNA: October 31, 2003
EU: November 28, 2003
Genre(s)Platform, action-adventure
Previous gameScooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights
Next gameThe SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a platform video game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, developed by Heavy Iron Studios and published by THQ for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube consoles. Separate versions, developed by AWE Games and Vicarious Visions respectively, were released for Microsoft Windows and Game Boy Advance. While the versions released for consoles were 3D platform games, the Microsoft Windows version of the game is a mini-game compilation, and the Game Boy Advance received a 2D platformer version.

All versions of the game feature an original storyline, in which the player attempts to defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots created by Plankton with a machine called the Duplicatotron 3000, playing as SpongeBob in all versions, as well as Patrick and Sandy in the console versions. The series' voice actors reprise their roles, with the exceptions of Clancy Brown as Mr. Krabs and Ernest Borgnine as Mermaid Man, with both roles instead being voiced by Joe Whyte. The game was released on October 31, 2003, in North America and in Europe on November 28, 2003.

Battle for Bikini Bottom received mixed or average reviews according to Metacritic. Edge included the Game Boy Advance version on its list for top handheld video games of the 21st century. It was a commercial success. The game has gained a cult following and a large speedrunning community presence.


The filesystem of the Battle For Bikini Bottom disc is composed of multiple folders, each containing multiple HIP and HOP files. Each set of HIP/HOP pair contains data for a level's section. Each folder has a name which is an abbreviation of the level's name. The files also have numbers which refer to the sub section.

Aside from these, the game also has a few other files, such as boot.HIP, font.HIP and plat.HIP, and also sb.ini, which is an easily editable INI file containing a lot of general game settings. It's possible to alter game menus, physics values and enable development options through editing of this file.

The GameCube version of the game also contains many extra files, such as LIP/LOP pairs for each HIP/HOP. These files are not present in other versions of the game and are actually ignored by the game, but they contain leftover data from development that might be useful to help us figure out how the game works.

Level Files

  • B1 - Boss 1
    • B101 - Poseidome
  • B2 - Boss 2
    • B201 - Industrial Park
  • B3 - Boss 3
    • B301 - Unused MuscleBob
    • B302 - Kah - Rah - Tae!
    • B303 - The Small Shall Rule... or Not
  • BB - Downtown Bikini Bottom
    • BB01 - Downtown Streets
    • BB02 - Downtown Rooftops
    • BB03 - Lighthouse
    • BB04 - Sea Needle
  • BC - Barnacle Cave (Mermalair)
    • BC01 - Lobby
    • BC02 - Main Chamber
    • BC03 - Security Tunnel
    • BC04 - Rolling Ball Area
    • BC05 - Villain Containment Area (Prawn)
  • DB - Dream Bubble
    • DB01 - SpongeBob's Dream
    • DB02 - Sandy's Dream
    • DB03 - Squidward's Dream
    • DB04 - Mr. Krabs' Dream
    • DB05 - Patrick's Dream (Unused)
    • DB06 - Patrick's Mind (Final)
  • GL - Goo Lagoon
    • GL01 - Goo Lagoon Beach
    • GL02 - Goo Lagoon Sea Caves
    • GL03 - Goo Lagoon Pier
  • GY - Graveyard
    • GY01 - Graveyard Lake
    • GY02 - Graveyard of Ships
    • GY03 - Dutchman's Ship
    • GY04 - Flying Dutchman Battle
  • HB - Hub
    • HB00 - Prologue Cutscene
    • HB01 - Bikini Bottom
    • HB02 - SpongeBob's Pineapple
    • HB03 - Squidward's Tiki
    • HB04 - Patrick's Rock
    • HB05 - Sandy's Tree-dome
    • HB06 - Shady Shoals Rest Home
    • HB07 - Krusty Krab
    • HB08 - Chum Bucket
    • HB09 - Police Station
    • HB10 - Theater
  • JF - Jellyfish Fields
    • JF01 - Jellyfish Rock
    • JF02 - Jellyfish Caves
    • JF03 - Jellyfish Lake
    • JF04 - Spork Mountain (King Jellyfish)
  • KF - Kelp Forest
    • KF01 - Kelp Forest
    • KF02 - Kelp Swamp
    • KF04 - Kelp Caves
    • KF05 - Kelp Vines
  • PG - Playground
    • PG12 - SpongeBall Arena
  • RB - Rock Bottom
    • RB01 - Downtown Rock Bottom
    • RB02 - Rock Bottom Museum
    • RB03 - Trench of Advanced Darkness
  • SM - Sand Mountain
    • SM01 - Ski Lodge
    • SM02 - Guppy Mound
    • SM03 - Flounder Hill
    • SM04 - Sand Mountain

Other Files

  • MN - Menu
    • MNU3 - Main Menu, Title Screen
    • MNU4 - Pause Menu
    • MNU5 - Task Counters, Music
  • SP - Single Player
    • SPPA - Patrick
    • SPSB - SpongeBob
    • SPSC - Sandy

What's in the files?


The boot.HIP file is loaded as soon as the game starts and is never unloaded, so its assets are always available. It contains:

  • Models, textures, animations and other data for SpongeBob and all his bubble abilities, including the BOUL assets for the Bubble Bowl and SpongeBall
  • All pickups (shinies, spatula, underwear, even specific level collectibles), and the game's only PICK asset
  • The shiny objects given to you by combos
  • Text for character names

font.HIP and font2.HIP

These files are loaded as soon as the game starts and are never unloaded, so their assets are always available. They contains images and text used for textboxes.


Thumb Icons for all the levels in the game.

mnu3.HIP and mnu3.HOP

These files contain all the data for the game's main menu, including the menu level itself and the UI.


The mnu4.HIP file is loaded as soon as the game starts and is never unloaded, so its assets are always available. It's the game's main file for the pause menu, and contains all assets which control it. It contains:

  • All models, textures, animations and data for the game's pause menu
  • All pause menu UI and UIFT assets
  • Shiny object combo texts
  • Level names
  • Spatula task texts (On top of the Pineapple) - all texts start with PAUSE TASK TXT XXXX in which XXXX is one of the following (there are also texts with the stage's abbreviation letters, but those go unused):
010X - Bikini Bottom
020X - Jellyfish Fields
030X - Downtown Bikini Bottom
040X - Goo Lagoon
050X - Poseidome
060X - Rock Bottom
070X - Mermalair
080X - Sand Mountain
090X - Industrial Park
100X - Kelp Forest
110X - Flying Dutchman's Graveyard
120X - SpongeBob's Dream
130X - Chum Bucket Lab 
140X - Patrick
150X - Mr. Krabs


The mnu5.HIP file is loaded as soon as the game starts and is never unloaded, so its assets are always available. It contains:

  • All of the game's task counters. Task counters are counters with 3 possible values (0, 1, 2) used by the pause menu to determine if a certain spatula is supposed to appear as a question mark (doesn't allow warping), a silver (uncollected) spatula or a golden spatula. These counters must be set with events sent by each stage's assets; usually, a trigger or dispatcher at level start that disables itself after the first use will send Count1 and collecting the spatula itself will send Count2. These counters do not "take care of themselves" (i.e. if you send Count1 to a counter that already has Count2 set, the golden spatula will become silver again, and your spatula count will not decrease).
  • UIFT and TEXT for the FLY text boxes
  • Level music data.

Stage HIP and HOP files

Each individual stage HIP and HOP contain the necessary assets for that specific stage to work. They can reference (use resources such as models from and send events to) the assets in boot.hip, mnu4.hip and mnu5.hip at any time. Although any asset can be put in a HIP or HOP file, the game's original stages follow this organization for the asset types:

The objects which must have their data in the HOP for a placement in the HIP to work are all enemies, tikis, stage props such as bus stops, checkpoints, taxi stands, Patrick and Sandy.

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