Differences Guide by knuckles_sonic8

Version: 1.1 | Updated: 03/17/06 | Printable Version

SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! 
Differences Guide
Version 1.1
Created by: knuckles_sonic8 


Table of Contents:

1. Disclaimer
2. FAQ Information
3. Game Information
4A. Version History
4B. Game Versions
5. Roles
6. Mini-Games
7. Plot
8. Unlockables and Rewards
9. Playable Characters
10. Genre
11. Final Episode
12. My Preference
13. Final Ratings
14. Thank You


1. Disclaimer

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2. FAQ Information

This is an FAQ about the many versions of the game, 
SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants! Enjoy as this 
guide may help you decide which version is best for you!


3. Game Information

Title: SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!
Platform: Multi-platform (PC/GC/Xbox/PS2/GBA)
Number of Players: 
  PC: 1 Player
  GC/Xbox/PS2: 1-4 Simultaneous
  GBA: 1 Player


4A. Version History

Version 1.0  Has a list of all the versions of the game as 
well as similarities and differences between each. Not much room
in the guide for improvements.

Version 1.1 - Added "Final Episode" to guide. Edited info on
Versions two and three in the "Final Ratings" section. Also
added new criteria in the Overall area for "Final Ratings".


4B. Game Versions

There are three different versions of the excellent game, 
'SpongeBob SquarePants: Lights, Camera, Pants!'. The versions 
that I will refer to as are lsited below:

Version 1: The first version of the game available for the 
 Gamecube, PS2, and Xbox consoles.
Version 2: The second version of the game available only for
 the Game Boy Advance.
Version 3: The third version of the game available only for
 the Computer (PC).

Now that that has been established, let's consider them one at a


5. Roles

Each game has a common goal of the assigning of roles
either to others or gaining them yourself. There is a large
variety of roles that extends through the various versions. 
Some versions have roles that others do not. Let's look at 
them one-by-one.

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 There are a total of 9 roles that can be found within the game
that you can gain as parts in the television show Gill is 
helping to cast. The roles you could potentially gain are the

-Police Officer
-Prison Guard
-Stunt Double
-Super Villain Role

They can all be attained by participating in various challenges 
hosts for each level have created. By gaining a certain number
of Popularity Points gained by participating in the auditions
in each level, you can win roles in the TV Show. The coveted,
Super Villain Role (or the Sneaky Hermit Role) can obtained 
at the very end of the game whereby the character with the most
points from each of the levels and auditions will get to be
the Sneaky Hermit in the TV Show. 

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 There are a total of 4 roles that can be obtained in this 
version of the game. The roles you can obtain in this version
are as follows:

-Motorcycle Cop

In this version, the roles can be obtained as you journey through
the various levels within the game. Most likely, the second 
mission within a level will hide a secret role that will be 
obtained once you complete a level which will be given to the 
character you completed the level with. However, the Sneaky
Hermit role is not offered in this version of Lights, Camera,
Pants which detracts from the game slightly.

Version 3: PC
 In this version, you ASSIGN roles to various characters around
Bikini Bottom by asking them to be in the show after performing
tasks for them or relating to them. The roles you can 
assign are automatic. So, if you cannot CHOOSE which role a
character will have for it is all pre-determined in the
game. For instance, Squidward can acquire the Biologist Role
and he cannot obtain any other role in the game. However, some
characters like SpongeBob and Patrick can be assigned more than
one role. For instance, Patrick can be both the Sneaky Hermit
and/or Barnacleboy if you choose him to be. The list of all
the roles that can be assigned are as follows:

-The Dirty Bubble
-Sneaky Hermit
-Bicycle Cop
-News Reporter
-Stunt Double
-Head Nurse

A whopping 11 roles are available in this game! It'll have you
making numerous episodes as there are numerous possibilities 
that could occur depending on which roles you assign to each


6. Mini-Games

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 This version of the game offers over 30 Mini-games, better known
as Auditions, that are used for characters to gain Popularity 
Points for roles that will be assigned by level hosts at the 
completion of each level. The Mini-games you can play in this
game range in both Fun and Difficulty, but overall, they are 
quite a joy. The following is a list of all the Auditions found
within the game:

-Flippin' Out
-Order Up
-The Bouncers
-Inflatable Pants
-Weight & Sea
-Surf Resc-Goo
-Pedal of Honor
-Floor It!
-Rock Bottom
-Jig on the Brig
-Beats Me
-Machine Meltdown
-Surface Tension
-Jellyfish Jamboree
-Jellyfish Swish
-The Tide Piper
-Seahorse Stampede
-Breakin' Out
-Rubble Rabble
-Blisterin' Barnacles
-Rope Burn
-Flingin' & Swingin'
-Mother of Pearl
-Hook, Line & Cheddar
-Tethered & Weathered
-Loot Scootin'

Now, THAT'S a LOT of Mini-Games! If you're a Party Game fan, 
this version of the game should be your top choice! 

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 This version of the game offers only  Mini-games that are used 
for characters to gain rewards that will help them later on in 
the game. The Mini-games you can play in this game are as

-Boating School
-Long Jump
-Mermalair Training Room
-Burger Bounce
-Bikini Bottom
-Krusty Krab
-Collection Game
-Manray Chase
-Driving Game

The rewards are generally just extra lives but still, they
are still a good bonus, nevertheless, and add to the overall
excellence of this version of the game.

Version 3: PC
 This version of the game offers 7 Mini-games, that are used 
simply for characters to relax from the main game offered. 
The Mini-games you can play in this game are as follows:

-King Me
-It's a Drag
-Mart Madness
-Jellyfish Round-Up
-Dirty Bubble Trouble

The Mini-Games aren't the greatest but they're a good bonus 
as opposed to having just the main game to enjoy.


7. Plot

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 This version of the game offers a plot that has characters 
auditioning to gain Popularity Points. These points are then used
to assign roles to characters that meet the point requirements. 
The person with the final role depends on the points each player
recieves which gives numerous chances for those who may not
be as good as others. The final 30-minute episode contains
scenes that show each of the winning characters in their 
respective roles. Overall, the plot is pretty good and the game
is certainly recommendable to almost any SpongeBob fan.

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 This version of the game offers a plot that has characters 
journeying through levels in an attempt to locate Mermaidman
and Barnacleboy who appear to be missing and bring them
back to Gill Hammerstein's set to avoid the show getting 
cancelled. The game offers good replay value as the roles
characters recieve are incorporated into the episode. The best
part is that you get to participate in the episode which
makes the game that much more enjoyable!

Version 3: PC
 This version of the game offers a plot that has players
assigning roles to over 30 citizens of Bikini Bottom as 
SpongeBob SquarePants in an attempt to save the show and
avoid cancellation! Travel through 3D worlds and levels from 
the TV Series in an attempt to assign roles to various 
characters after performing mini-missions or favors for them.
Quite a good plot if I do say so myself!


8. Unlockables and Rewards

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 This version of the game offers numerous unlockables which
makes the game acquire a high replay value! Unlockables that
can be obtained are as follows:

-New Auditions that can be unlocked by performing tasks
and played anytime you want in the various multiplayer
-Action Figures which serve as rewards you can recieve for 
performing secret tasks within the Auditions in the game
-Artwork Illustrations which also serve as rewards for
your hard-earned scores on some of the Auditions and are
quite a sight to look at

This game offers a very good replay value and if that's what
you're looking for in a game, you can find it in this version.

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 This version of the game offers unlockables, but they pale in
comparison to the unlockables found within the first version of
the game. Unlockables that can be obtained are as follows:

-Mini-Games that can be used both for amusement as well as 
methods of gaining rewards and items which can serve as an
aid in later levels
-New Levels you can journey on to advance in the Main Game
as well as gain roles from

Not as good of a selection of rewards as the first version 
but still a good effort all around, nonetheless.

Version 3: PC
 This version of the game offers the least amount of 
rewards found within the three versions. The only unlockables
found within the game are as follows:

-New Levels you can journey on to find more characters to
be in the show

Definitely, the worst version of the game as far as rewards go.


9. Playable Characters

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 In this version of the game, you can be the following characters
to audition for roles in the final episode:

-Mr. Krabs

6 playable characters you can choose from serve as a wide 
selection for fans of the series. However, more characters
to unlock would've greatly pleased more fans with this game 
than it already does.

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 In this version of the game, you can be the following characters
to journey through the levels in search of Mermaidman and 
Barnacleboy, as well as play Mini-Games and Boss Battles:


4 playable characters isn't the greatest selection but still
a good effort, nonetheless.

Version 3: PC
 In this version of the game, you can be the following 


1 playable character! That's it! No unlockable characters 
or anything. Quite lame but still, when you think about
the plot as well, one character doesn't seem all that bad.
However, seeing more characters help with the saving of the
show would've been a greater sight to see...


10. Genre

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 Simply put, an excellent Party Game. Offers numerous modes in 
which you can battle your friends for roles or even just for 
amusement by participating in one of the over 30 Auditions
the game offers. Certainly a recommendable choice for Party
Game lovers.

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 This version of the game is more along the lines of a 
Platformer, contrary to the popular belief that this is
a Party Game. If you're an Adventure lover AND a SpongeBob
fan, than I'd recommend this game for you. Also, if you loved
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie for the Game Boy Advance, you
will CERTAINLY enjoy this game. However, non-SpongeBob fans 
may find it hard to see many good adventure elements within
the game. Thus, I'd only recommend this version for those who
are devoted SpongeBob fans as well as those who enjoyed 
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Movie. Otherwise, this game may not
be so enjoyable for others.

Version 3: PC
 This version of the game has also been mis-interpretated as a
Party Game. However, this is also more along the lines of being
an Adventure Game. However, it could be argued, still, that it
has elements a Party Game would have. Overall, though, for an
Adventure game, this game is quite decent. Not that bad, however,
there are minor discrepencies non-SpongeBob fans may quickly pick
out. However, if you love the series and love Adventure games, 
I'd recommend this version of the game for you. Even for those
who aren't SpongeBob fans could probably find good value in the 
game but if you absolutely despise the series, I wouldn't
recommend it to you.


11. Final Episode

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
 Without a doubt, has the best final episode. Incorporates all
9 roles into one episode that combines all the scenes from each
of the levels into one sequence! Other scenes have been added
as well that weren't previewed in Story Mode beforehand. Overall,
an excellent plot and overall a good execution all around!

Version 2: Game Boy Advance
 This version of the game combines the four roles that Gill
promised you in preceeding levels into five different mini-games
that portray the story. The first Mini-Game is at the Krusty 
Krab with the Waiter Role, the second: again, at the Krusty
Krab but with the Stand-In Role, the third: Downtown with the
Police Officer Role, the fourth: again, Downtown but with the
Lookout Role, and the fifth: at the scene of the crime with the
Sneaky Hermit. Overall, not that bad but it could have been
worked on a bit more.

Version 3: PC
 This version of the game has the worst final episode. You get to
choose the cast making for lots of replaybility but the overall
plot is both confusing, lame and sometimes, it doesn't make 
sense the way characters and props are organized. Sorry to say so
but the GBA version has a better episode than this version!


12. My Preference

Personally, I prefer the 1st Version over all the others. That is
mainly because I am more for Multiplayer and Party games and
also games with good replay value. I find all those good elements
within the first version of the game. My next choice would be the
third version of the game, for it takes an interesting twist
from the first version but still incorporates similar elements
you may find in the first version. The second version, 
unfortunately, would come last for me. Oh, well. That's just
my choice. What about you? Still can't decide? Let the next and
final section of the guide help you out.


13. Final Ratings

Here are the categories eaech game will be rated on, on a scale
of 1-10 for each category:

Graphics (Sweet? Shoddy?)
Music (Annoying? Catchy?)
Difficulty (Too easy? Too hard?)
Fun Factor (Wicked? Boring?)
Modes of Play (A Lot? A Little?)
Replay Value (Excellent? Terrible?)

Version 1: Gamecube/PS2/Xbox

Graphics: 9/10
 -Occasional glitches but overall, wicked graphics!
Music: 8/10
 -The music isn't annoying (well, except on ONE audition)
  nor is it bothersome; quite catchy actually
Difficulty: 7/10 
 -Not too easy, not too hard; just right!
Fun Factor: 9/10
 -Definitely one of the better Party Games out there!
Modes of Play: 8/10
 -Could've been more but I'm not complaining.
Replay Value: 9/10
 -You'll be playing for quite a while; great with friends!

Version 2: Game Boy Advance

Graphics: 8/10
 -Quite good for a 2D Platformer
Music: 7/10
 -Quite catchy but sometimes annoying...
Difficulty: 7/10
 -Again, not too easy, not too hard.
Fun Factor: 6/10
 -Journeying through the levels isn't 
  that fun, nor are the Mini-games
Modes of Play: 6/10
 -Just one and a few Mini-Games
Replay Value: 7/10
 -Quite a number of combinations of episodes
  and roles

Version 3: PC

Graphics: 9/10
 -Excellent for it's genre!
Music: 7/10
 -Mostly amusing but sometimes annoying. Some 
  music doesn't fit at all in some places...
Difficulty: 8/10
 -Mini-Games are kinda easy but Main Game is average but 
  at times quite frustrating.
Fun Factor: 8/10
 -It's quite fun completing tasks, playing Mini-games
  and assigning roles to citizens!
Modes of Play: 7/10
 -Main Game and Mini-Game Mode. Not that bad, but with 
  more modes, the game could've been more enjoyable.
Replay Value: 7/10
 -Numerous possiblities with the roles; will have you
  playing for quite a while.


Here is a list of categories that may help the average gamer 
decide which version is best for him/her. They are as follows:

Best Graphics: Version 3 - PC 
Worst Graphics: None (They're all good!)
Best Plot: Version 3 - PC 
Most Annoying Music: Version 2 - Game Boy Advance
Most Catchy Music: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
Easiest Version: Version 2 - Game Boy Advance
Hardest Version: Version 3 - PC  
Funniest Version: Version 3 - PC 
Best Version Geared to Fans: Version 3 - PC 
Best Version Geared to Non-Fans: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
Most Fun: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
Most Boring: Version 2 - Game Boy Advance
Most Modes of Play: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox 
Least Modes of Play: Version 2 - Game Boy Advance
Highest Replay Value: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox
Lowest Replay Value: Version 2 - Game Boy Advance
Most Frustrating: Version 3 - PC
Best Overall Episode: Version 1 - Gamecube/PS2/Xbox

I'm not going to announce a "Best Overall Version" or anything
like that. I'll leave that for you to decide. ;)


14. Thank You

Thanks to the following people who helped, in some way or another, 
in the making of this guide:

-My fingers, for typing this guide
-THQ, for developing the game
-Stephen Hillenburg, for creating SpongeBob and the SpongeBob 
-You, for reading this guide

Thanks for reading my guide! Hope you enjoyed learning about
the game and the different versions it offers!