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 I give permission to www.gamefaqs.com to use my FAQ on their site. No other site, nor individual person, may use my FAQ in its entirety, or part of it, by ripping off, copying and pasting, selling, rewriting, redistributing or in any way shape or form duplicating or taking part of this FAQ without documented permission from me. To violate any of the above is a serious crime and you will be dealt with by the law. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 time... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 following: -Waiter -Lookout -Police Officer -Maestro -Captive -Hunter -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: -Stand-In -Motorcycle Cop -Waiter -Lookout 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: -Manray -The Dirty Bubble -Biologist -Chef -Mermaidman -Barnacleboy -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 character. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 -Goo-Ladiators -Pedal of Honor -Floor It! -Rock Bottom -Jig on the Brig -Beats Me -Machine Meltdown -Surface Tension -Charge! -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 follows: -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 -Freezem! -De-fence 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 modes -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: -SpongeBob -Patrick -Squidward -Sandy -Plankton -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: -SpongeBob -Patrick -Squidward -Sandy 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 characters: -SpongeBob 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. Overall: 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 series -You, for reading this guide Thanks for reading my guide! Hope you enjoyed learning about the game and the different versions it offers!