Are ye ready to get totally absorbed in a new aquatic cleaning adventure for PowerWash Simulator? We’ve got you covered! The SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator is available now for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, featuring six iconic maps from the famous underwater town of Bikini Bottom.
Sitting down with a bowl of cereal and an episode of “SpongeBob Squarepants” was a childhood ritual of mine, and millions of others. With over 20 years on the air, it is a show we grew up with, but never out of.
As such a well-loved IP, we knew it was paramount to recreate it as faithfully as possible. The SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack is a love letter to the source material, created in the distinct style of the original cartoon in collaboration with the team at Nickelodeon.
In comparison to the base game and the Special Packs we have released previously, the visual identity of SpongeBob SquarePants is a whole different kettle of fish. Being able to explore Bikini Bottom in three dimensions, whilst keeping the 2D aesthetic, is a joyful novelty.
On ‘cartoon-ifying’ PowerWash Simulator, Lead Artist Torger Newland explains, “Research was key; we spent a lot of time analysing how SpongeBob is drawn and painted (in the television show). Most of our result is achieved through texturing so it was important that we could replicate what was seen in the show. We discovered lots of interesting nuances such as Squidward’s house having the effect of a dry brush on canvas. In the end we set on several sets of Gouache style brushes that we used repeatedly to get the right look.”
“I’m just so proud of all the texture work we put into the SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack, the paint process was detailed and long, but the results were definitely worth it!”, adds 3D Artist Laura Fontaine.
We hope that the tremendous care and effort the team has put into maintaining the look and feel of SpongeBob set your nostalgia neurons alight. You could even work in a spoonful of cereal here and there, in between power washing of course.
Become a Bikini Bottomite
SpongeBob SquarePants and PowerWash Simulator have a common trait in that neither takes itself too seriously. In an underwater world where sea life talks, campfires burn and beaches… exist, we chose to ignore many of the physical implications of power washing underwater – aside from adding bubbles (we couldn’t resist!) – opting to stick to our established super-satisfying washing physics.
So, we didn’t tinker with the physics, we did redesign your gear, your get-up and, well, you!
Exclusively for this Special Pack, we’ve given the PowerWash character model a marine makeover. You’ll fit right in with the crowd as a true Bikini Bottomite, with a custom-designed power washer that could rival even Sandy Cheeks’ best inventions.
Torger explains, “We closely examined the Bikini Bottomites (Bikini Bottom’s inhabitants) and their characteristics, allowing us to concept a line-up of potential character models. We also concepted new power washing equipment for the pack that would look at home in the world. We worked closely with Nickelodeon to get the final results just right.”
We can’t wait for the Xbox community to get their fins on this new expansion. It has been another labour of love from our team to bring Bikini Bottom to life… and then cover it in dirt. Over to you!
Xbox Game Pass members can play the original PowerWash Simulator as part of their subscription. SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack is available for a separate purchase on the Xbox Store (a copy of PowerWash Simulator is required to play).
PowerWash Simulator SpongeBob SquarePants Special Pack
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The residents of Bikini Bottom are left wondering what in the name of Davy Jones’ locker happened to their tidy tidal town after a myriad of mysteriously mucky mishaps. Can they get to the bottom of it before it devolves into another mud-slinging match between Mr. Krabs and Plankton? Hear from a host of familiar characters whilst you clean as they ponder what, or who, is dirtying their digs.
Exclusively in this Special Pack, you’ll get a marine makeover, allowing you to blend in with the crowd as a true Bottomite. Featuring custom-designed equipment that could rival even Sandy Cheeks’ best inventions, you can rest ashore-d that it’ll work just fine underwater. How? All you need is a power washer and some imagination.
Wash and explore six new levels, including:
– Conch Street – comprising SpongeBob, Squidward and Patrick’s homes
– The Krusty Krab and its rivalling restaurant Chum Bucket
– The bustling Bikini Bottom Bus
– The plush Patty Wagon
– The elusive Invisible Boatmobile
– The mysterious Mermalair
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Build up your business in Career Mode and complete a variety of dirty jobs across the dusty town of Muckingham. There’s no right or wrong; no time pressure or final score, just you and the tools you need to soak away your stress. Want a clean start? Chill out and replay your favourite jobs in Free Play. POWERWASH AND CHILL
Relax, unwind, and play with friends in Online Co-Op! Lend a helping hand to your closest pal in Career Mode, or up to 6 friends can splash around in Free Play, tackling any job the host has already completed. KEEP IT CLEAN
For those looking for a little more pressure, beat your best scores in Challenge Mode! Fight grime in different scenarios; wash against the clock in Time Challenge or test your accuracy by using as little water as possible in Water Challenge.
GOOD CLEAN FUN Graffiti, grime, moss, and mould, no dirt is too tough for your range of washers, nozzles, cleaners, and extensions. Different dirt types have different levels of toughness, so make sure you’re getting tactical with your equipment. Feeling fancy? Then customise your look with washer skins and gloves!
RELAXATION, SATISFACTION GUARANTEED
From casual, clean freaks to players looking to get into the nitty-gritty, everyone can pick up and play to feel immersed. Absorb the relaxing atmosphere and stress-free pace as you strip dirt from patios, pavements, vehicles, and public parks. Stress gets to us all, so sit back, relax, and wash your worries down the drain.
THE WORLD IS YOUR CANVAS Create art by cleaning the way you want. Your nozzles are your brushes; the neighbourhood is your canvas. Unleash your creative talents and transform ordinary dirt into exceptional artwork. Share your techniques and showcase your power-washing prowess and mud-caked masterpieces!