Nickelodeon Game Builder (lost Flash game; 2009-2013)
From 2009 until August, 2013, there was a Nick.com Flash game known as the Nickelodeon Game Builder. This Flash game allowed users to create their own levels using assets based on various Nickelodeon properties.
Two different versions were released. The first version, which was released in 2009, ran in a lower resolution than the second version. It included checkpoints (represented by the birthday cake item) along with the ability to change the character and background that appeared on the level's title screen. The only way to complete a level was to reach the end, a wooden door with a steering wheel on it. In the original build of the 2009 version, the invincibility item was represented by a blue coin with a ten-pointed star on it. At some later date it was changed to a green coin with a five-pointed star, which may have been part of a bugfix for the invincibility sound effect, which originally would persist even after the immunity to enemies ran out.
The second version had a much wider and larger frame and a revamped interface, but removed checkpoints and the ability to change the title screen in any way. Reaching the door at the end of the level was still one of the ways to win, but users were now able to give levels different objectives, such as defeating all enemies or collecting all of the coins. It's believed the way the title screen looked depended on the character you chose for the level. The player could choose which character the player chooses to play as, and all of them play identically with double jumps (although Spongebob's hurtbox is smaller).
The games were removed from the site a few years later, making them unplayable. However, the games can still be accessed, but are buried in the site. The catch is, you can't actually play the games, as an error message will pop up. This is because the site is attempting to load the .swf files, but it can't.
Several variants of this game creator were released:
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- The Penguins of Madagascar
- Fanboy and Chum Chum
- The Last Airbender (2010 movie)
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Lucky Charms
- Archived page of Spongebob's Game Builder (September 28th, 2009). Retrieved 12 Feb '19
- Archived page detailing the release of the second version of the Game Builder (January 31st, 2011). Retrieved 12 Feb '19
- Last archived date the Game Builder shows up in the games tab of the site. (August 8th, 2013). Retrieved 12 Feb '19