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SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bowling [DVD Restore Software]

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I purchased this from Chicago Gaming over the phone. Here is the DVD restore software for SpongeBob SquarePants: Bikini Bottom Bowling published in 2007 by Chicago Gaming and developed by Play Mechanix

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I found some interesting stuff inside the game's files.

 

I was able to install the game through a virtual machine.  It boots to the loading screen, and then blacks in and out and back to the loading screen.  It probably needs a dongle or I/O board to load the game correctly, so until there is a dongle, the game is uncracked.  It runs on SLAX Linux OS, so it will be hard to crack this one.

 

Using another OS to boot the VM from I can get into the game's files.  A lot of sounds were borrowed from Big Buck Hunter such as shotgun and bell sounds.  Music is nothing special; only 2 music tracks to listen to.  A lot of character speech, SpongeBob, Patrick, etc. is taken from old episodes of Spongebob (most of it is from Season 1).  There's also some new recordings with only Spongebob used in Attract Mode and throughout the game.

 

That's all.  Spongebob Bowling and Nicktoons Nitro are the only 2 games that Chicago Gaming has worked on with Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills.

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On 6/23/2020 at 11:54 AM, RandomAccessGamer said:

I found some interesting stuff inside the game's files.

 

I was able to install the game through a virtual machine.  It boots to the loading screen, and then blacks in and out and back to the loading screen.  It probably needs a dongle or I/O board to load the game correctly, so until there is a dongle, the game is uncracked.  It runs on SLAX Linux OS, so it will be hard to crack this one.

 

Using another OS to boot the VM from I can get into the game's files.  A lot of sounds were borrowed from Big Buck Hunter such as shotgun and bell sounds.  Music is nothing special; only 2 music tracks to listen to.  A lot of character speech, SpongeBob, Patrick, etc. is taken from old episodes of Spongebob (most of it is from Season 1).  There's also some new recordings with only Spongebob used in Attract Mode and throughout the game.

 

That's all.  Spongebob Bowling and Nicktoons Nitro are the only 2 games that Chicago Gaming has worked on with Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills.

Another thing that I found particularly interesting is that in the music files, there is a folder called "jfishin" and it has music for another SpongeBob arcade game called "SpongeBob SquarePants: Jellyfishing"

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On 6/23/2020 at 11:54 AM, RandomAccessGamer said:

I was able to install the game through a virtual machine.  It boots to the loading screen, and then blacks in and out and back to the loading screen.  It probably needs a dongle or I/O board to load the game correctly, so until there is a dongle, the game is uncracked.  It runs on SLAX Linux OS, so it will be hard to crack this one.

I was able to get my hands on the cabinet itself here recently! It did not come with the original computer unfortunately. It did however come with a Raw Thrills I/O board. I contacted Chicago Gaming through their help desk to see how much a security dongle was for the game and it was a SHOCKINGLY low price from all the other dongle prices I've seen. Bikini Bottom Bowling's dongle is a whopping $125 and I'm considering about getting it to possibly help make the game bootable.  

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54 minutes ago, Cartoonish Weeb said:

I was able to get my hands on the cabinet itself here recently! It did not come with the original computer unfortunately. It did however come with a Raw Thrills I/O board. I contacted Chicago Gaming through their help desk to see how much a security dongle was for the game and it was a SHOCKINGLY low price from all the other dongle prices I've seen. Bikini Bottom Bowling's dongle is a whopping $125 and I'm considering about getting it to possibly help make the game bootable.  

That's good!  Hope it goes well for you.

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Not to long ago, I had gotten the dongle & the PC for the game from Chicago Gaming. I'm not too experienced on dumping dongles so how exactly should I go about this? 

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1 hour ago, Cartoonish Weeb said:

Not to long ago, I had gotten the dongle & the PC for the game from Chicago Gaming. I'm not too experienced on dumping dongles so how exactly should I go about this? 

You do not dump the dongle, with the dongle you can dump unencrypted hdd data

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22 hours ago, petje said:

You do not dump the dongle, with the dongle you can dump unencrypted hdd data

oh  I see. Thanks!

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Any luck getting the game to run ?

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