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Video GameScribblenauts (Series) Review
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Posted: 2 years ago, last updated 13 days ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Scribblenauts is a series of puzzle games where you solve by typing the names of everyday objects so they appear in the game and let you progress. What's surprising is the sheer number of items included in the game. This means you can solve problems in a number of different ways, using imaginative and ingenious solutions.

You control Maxwell as he traverses levels left-to-right. When you hit an obstacle, such as a wall, you type the names of items that will help you get past it. For example, you can type "ladder" to get over it, or type "bomb" to blow it up, or "spade" to tunnel underneath it.

As well as a story mode, there are puzzle levels that put you in real-life situations (such as having to open a piñata) and task you with solving it. There's also an open-world mode where you can experiment with the different objects. There is a level editor, where you can create and share your own challenges.

It's an unusual game that's a lot of fun, but also creates a context for logical thinking, vocabulary, inventiveness and the combination of items with different properties as you might do in a science lesson.

There have been a number of Scribblenauts games:
  • Scribblenauts (2009) on DS,
  • Super Scribblenauts (2011) on DS,
  • Scribblenauts Remix (2011) on iOS and Android,
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited (2012) on iOS, Android, PC, Wii U and 3DS and then updated for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure (2013) on PC, Wii U and 3DS and then updated on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch.
  • Scriblenauts Showdown (2018) multiplayer word based party game on PS4, Xbox One and Switch.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 15/09/2009

Price: 78% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: 5 TH Cell (@5THCell)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round of this game. Depending on how quickly you solve the puzzles.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Like the other games in the series, Scribblenauts Unlimited was rated PEGI 12 due to moderate violence. There is a fairly extensive dictionary that includes a large range of weapons; gun, flamethrower, chaingun, nuke etc. You can also make zombies, vampires, cannibals, people about to die etc. Through this it is possible to make human characters eat babies or stab one another with knives. However it must be noted that all the violence in the game is depicted unrealistically and in a highly stylised cartoon manner.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief. By typing in whatever nouns they can imagine, players can create myriad objects or entities in the game world. By adding adjectives, players can also modify these nouns to create different word combinations, triggering brief, comical scenarios: a “homicidal house” that can attack a man; a “cannibal” that orders food at a diner; a “necrophagous bike” that can eat a corpse; a “suicidal house” that attacks itself with a knife. Players can also summon “cartoony” versions of bats, bombs, guns, and flamethrowers to destroy nearby objects or other summoned items. These triggered animations are minimally depicted and usually accompanied by musical notes, colorful flashes, or small puffs of smoke. If players wish, they may type in the word “vomit,” causing a beige-colored puddle to appear on screen; typing the adjective “flatulent” results in squishy sound effects.

CostsCosts

Scribblenauts usually costs £14.99 to £39.99. 

Scribblenauts Mega Pack

PlayStation Store PS4 £24.99

Scribblenauts Show Down

Scribblenauts Showdown

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £34.99

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Steam Store PC £14.99
Switch Store Wii U £39.99
Switch Store 2DS|3DS £34.99

Scribblenauts Unmasked

Steam Store PC £14.99

Scribblenauts: Showdown

XBox Store Xbox One £34.99
Switch Store Switch £34.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
 
Scribblenauts Mega Pack on Switch, PS4 and Xbox One provide two games in one:
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure 
 

AccessibilityAccessibility


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Scribblenauts Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@5THCell) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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