Developer: Heavy Iron Studios
Released: 2003, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is one of the many SpongeBob SquarePants video games to come out during the franchise's initial breakout in the early 2000s. Ever since release, it became widely regarded as one of the best SpongeBob video games because of the addictive object-collecting mechanics, creative and expansive worlds, and overall capturing the look and feel of the show. Since then, it became an unexpected cult classic and even received a remake for newer consoles.
As ambitious and big as the game is, it was originally planned to be even bigger. There are several cut levels appearing in a drastically unfinished state, unused animations that would have added more detail to the characters, and several leftover objects from earlier points in development. And if that isn't enough, there's even concept art for locations that never made it into the game!