Wednesday, August 10, 2022

A New Unofficial 'SpongeBob' Horror Game Is Absurd And Unsettling

The True Ingredients is a horror game that is a goofy twist on Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, trapping an unsuspecting customer in the disturbing bowels of the restaurant being hunted by the titular fry cook.

In the unofficial game, the player visits the Krunchy Kans restaurant in the (also legally distinct) Underwearzip city to try one of their famed human patty burgers. Unfortunately, the visitor is unable to pay for their $87.99 meal and is hauled down to the depths of the Krunchy Kans to be imprisoned with others that have incurred the wrath of the owner.

From indie developer RenderPi, The True Ingredients is sending chills down YouTubers' spines. "Patrick" slamming his "face" on the glass of the Krunchy Kans with no acknowledgement from anyone is deeply unsettling, and calling the liquid splattered on tables and seeping under the doors "ketchup" only underscores the overt horror, suggesting that there's something even worse to look forward to.

Fundamentally, though it is an absurd game about a cannibalistic SpongeBob, it taps into our foundational fears of the dark and being consumed by something bigger than us, which actually comes from the memories of our Neanderthal ancestors. It doesn't matter, then, what shape the scare arrives in, even if it is a lawsuit-avoidant red crab under the sea.

Weirdly, SpongeBob is no stranger to the horror genre, albeit unofficially, with fans making "creepypastas", with rumors that Squidward commits suicide in one episode and that fan-favorite characters have died.

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Original source: Gaming Bible.

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