SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated

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SpongeBob SquarePants:
Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated
SpongeBob SquarePants:Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated cover
Developers
Purple Lamp Studios
Publishers
THQ Nordic
Engines
Unreal Engine 4[1]
Release dates
Windows June 23, 2020
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Platform
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series SpongeBob SquarePants
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated on IGDB
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated on MobyGames
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated on Wikipedia
Subseries of Nickelodeon
SpongeBob SquarePants: Operation Krabby Patty 2001
SpongeBob SquarePants: Employee of the Month 2002
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom 2003
SpongeBob SquarePants Collapse 2003
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 2004
SpongeBob SquarePants: Typing 2004
SpongeBob SquarePants: Diner Dash 2006
SpongeBob SquarePants: Nighty Nightmare 2006
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature From the Krusty Krab 2006
SpongeBob: Patty Pursuit 2020
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated 2020

Key points

Remake of SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom based on the console releases, which were completely different from the original PC game.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Pineapple\Saved\Config\WindowsNoEditor\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/969990/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\Pineapple\Saved\SaveGames
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/969990/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Cutscenes are cinematically letterboxed.
Multi-monitor
Vert- scaling, black bars at cutscenes and dialog screens. See Ultra-widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
Vert- scaling, black bars at cutscenes and dialog screens. See Ultra-widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Ultra-widescreen.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
"Fullscreen" option is borderless windowed mode.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Always set to 8.[2] See Anisotropic filtering (AF) to force 16x anisotropic filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Using FXAA.[3] See Anti-aliasing (AA) to disable it.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 144 FPS.[4] 60 FPS during cutscenes.[5] Use BFBBUW to fix.
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Ultra-widescreen[edit]

By default, ultrawide support is achieved through Vert- scaling. Dialog screens are pillarboxed and cutscenes are windowboxed.[6][7] Certain non-HUD elements may appear stretched or anchored incorrectly.[8]
Use the community trainer to remove black bars and adjust FOV
Semi-manual solution for all resolutions to remove black bars and adjust FOV in real time.
Use the community DLL injection to adjust FOV
Automated solution designed for 21:9 and limited to FOV adjustment.

Anisotropic filtering (AF)[edit]

Modify Engine.ini[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the line [SystemSettings] if it does not exist.
  4. In this section, add the line r.MaxAnisotropy=16.
  5. Save the file.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Modify Engine.ini[9]
  1. Go to the Configuration file location and open Engine.ini or create it if it doesn't exist.
  2. In Engine.ini, find the section [SystemSettings] or add it if it doesn't exist.
  3. In this section, add the line r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=x, replacing x with 0 to disable it or 1 for FXAA.
  4. (Optional) You can also modify the quality of anti-aliasing. Add the line r.PostProcessAAQuality=x, replacing x with the desired quality level for anti-aliasing of FXAA. A level of 0 disables it, and a level of 6 sets it to the maximum.
  5. Save the file.

Ambient occlusion[edit]

Modify Engine.ini to increase ambient occlusion[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the line [SystemSettings] if it does not exist.
  4. In this section, add the line r.AmbientOcclusionLevels=4.
  5. Save the file.

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Modify Engine.ini to disable chromatic aberration[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the line [SystemSettings] if it does not exist.
  4. In this section, add the line r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0.
  5. Save the file.

Depth of field[edit]

Modify Engine.ini to disable depth of field[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add the line [SystemSettings] if it does not exist.
  4. In this section, add the line r.DepthOfFieldQuality=0.
  5. Save the file.

More Engine.ini graphics tweaks[edit]

A mod by ExpnandBanana can be found with various Engine.ini tweaks to improve graphics on GameBanana.

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Lacks support of non-QWERTY keyboards.[11] See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
[12]
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
"Invert Controls" in Gameplay Settings. Can be set to "Vertical", "Horizontal", "Both", or "None". These settings are set back to default after changing playable character.[13]
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Fix available, see DS4 Button Prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes unknown
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

DS4 Button Prompts[edit]

Add DS4 buttons prompts[14]
  1. Download the zip from Gamebanana here
  2. Extract zip contents and copy/move to <path-to-game>\Pineapple\Content\Paks

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
"SFX Volume", "Music Volume", and "Dialogues Volume"
Surround sound
[15]
Subtitles
Always enabled for dialogue. Cutscenes are not captioned.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language settings.
Language settings.
Spoken language can be changed independently from on-screen text language.
Non-English dubs are missing various sounds in in-game cutscenes.[16][17]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Malay
Thai

Issues unresolved[edit]

Save file corruption[edit]

A few initial reports of save file corruption.[18] Saving in multiple slots recommended.

Issues fixed[edit]

SteamVR or Oculus client starts when game launches[edit]

This issue was fixed in a June 26, 2020 patch.[19]
Add launch parameters to disable HMD detection[20]

Add -novr -nohmd to the game's launch options.

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
2 Co-op
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op

Connection types

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 DirectX 12 can be forced using the -d3d12 command line argument.[21]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4130
AMD Phenom II X4 925
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon HD 7870
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Some AMD graphics cards may show weaker performance on Windows 7 and 8.1 compared to 10.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/969990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (969990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated revamps the graphics and design of a cult classic - last accessed on 2020-02-14
  2. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-24
    r.maxanisotropy is set to 8, as seen in the console.
  3. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-06-23
    Checked the "r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing" command using a command console injector.
  4. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated runs silky smooth on the PC
  5. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-06-23
    Checked with FPS overlay.
  6. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-06-23
    Tested in-game with 2560x1080 resolution.
  7. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-24
    Tested at 2560x1080, 3840x1080 and 5760x1080, screenshots compared to 1920x1080.
  8. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-06-23
    Tested by interacting with the television in SpongeBob's house, and by setting off Hans by going out of bounds in the Bikini Bottom hub world.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Verified by User:Hman360 on 2020-06-24
    Tested by setting the value in the config file and checking in-game.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Verified by User:Keith on 2020-07-06
  11. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-06-25
    Checked by switching keyboard layout in Windows to AZERTY and the game did not allow to move forward by pressing W (Z on AZERTY layout).)
  12. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-06-25
    Works fine with gamepad input, but only affects mouse sensitivity (for whatever reason) for mouse input as of 1.0d (rev. 603296).
  13. Bug tracking and reporting - Wrong Controls Inversion - last accessed on 2020-06-25
  14. https://steamcommunity.com/app/969990/discussions/0/2516897767696504191/
  15. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-06-24
    Sounds heard from the rear speakers of a 5.1 sound system, especially loud when destroying objects. Confirmed the presence of Back Left, Back Right, and LFE output with Special K 0.10.3.
  16. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated - lacking sounds in different dubs - last accessed on 2020-06-26
  17. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-06-26
    King Jollyfish cutscene misses shower sounds in non-English dubs.
  18. REfund :: Steam General Discussions - last accessed on 2020-06-23
  19. https://steamcommunity.com/app/969990/discussions/0/2567563897036681514/#c2567563897038188841
  20. If SteamVR starts when launching the game, do this... - last accessed on 2020-06-23
  21. Verified by User:KingKrouch on 2020-07-13
    Tested using launch parameters on Steam, and checking what API is being used with RivaTuner.