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11 Great Games Like Scribblenauts

These are hand-picked games similar to Scribblenauts. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Scribblenauts. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Scribblenauts, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB EVERYONE 10+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

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.

Unfortunately, Scribblenauts is not available on Mac, PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Release Date: 15/09/2009

Platforms: Android, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @5THCell

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

Pikuniku

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Release Date: 24/01/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @Sectordub

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...

Superliminal

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Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @Pillowcastle

Players: This is a single player game

Superliminal is a puzzle game incorporating optical illusions and forced perspective. As you play and explore you can manipulate objects so that when put down their perspective, scale and size has changed. This enables you to progress through areas...

Metamorphabet

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Release Date: 12/02/2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @Vectorpark

Players: This is a single player game

Explore the alphabet by pushing and pulling the letters around to create different things beginning with that letter. It’s simply presented with sound effects and voiced words for each object. It excels at making each letter and object feel tactile...

Braid

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Release Date: 06/08/2008

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @Jonathan_Blow

Players: This is a single player game

Braid is a platform game, not dissimilar to Mario World, that appears simple but has a twist. The movement of your character is connected to the progression of time in a mind-bending manner. The resulting puzzles are fascinating and connected to a story...

Baba is You

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Release Date: 13/03/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @ESAdevlog

Players: This is a single player game

Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...

Wattam

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Release Date: 11/06/2019

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Open World and Puzzle

Developer: @Funomena

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Wattam is an absurd adventure where characters are everyday objects with problems to solve and fun interactions to enjoy. You play as The Mayor and start on your own. As you complete simple tasks you populate the world with other strange characters.

Reventure

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Release Date: 04/06/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Pixelatto

Players: This is a single player game

Reventure is a running, jumping and flying game. Or, that's what it looks like. In fact, it's a game about discovering ways to die. The goal isn't the usual rescue the princess. Instead, you're on a scavenger hunt to discover the 100 different ways to die.

Lost Words: Beyond the Page

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Release Date: 01/12/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @GamesSketchbook

Players: This is a single player game

Lost Words is an adventure game where you run, jump and explore inside a young girl’s diary. You control Izzy as she writes her diary by walking on words, move them around and solve different puzzles. This develops two parallel stories, one about Izzy...

Dustborn

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Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Developer: @RedThreadGames

Players: This is a single player game

Dustborn is a road-trip adventure set in America 2030 where all information has been lost. You and your misfit friends must cross this divided world to deliver a package from California to Nova Scotia. It's unusual not only because of the setting but...

Eagle Island

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Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @ScreenwaveMedia

Players: This is a single player game

This is a running and jumping adventure where you play Quill and his owl companion Koji as they uncover the secrets of Eagle Island. You work your way through levels using falconry-inspired attacks to take down enemies.

Words For A Bird

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Release Date: 04/06/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @BartBonte

Players: This is a single player game

Words For A Bird is a short adventure you play by completing sentences. You follow the story of a purple bird. Each sentence is completed with letters from the tree in which the bird sits, along with a clue tile in the middle of the screen.

Scribblenauts is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Scribblenauts in the following lists:

Educational Games That Are Also Good Games

These games have an educational element to them, but also offer experiences that are good games in their own right. This isn't busywork to trick you into learning, but clever and innovative ways to encounter history, physics, engineering, maths, geography and language subjects without feeling like you are in school. They also teach softer, deeper skills like long term strategy, planning, balancing systems, emotional intelligence, compassion, team-work and self-care.

Some of these games are aimed at younger players to play on their own, but others (as indicated by their PEGI ratings) are better for teenagers or played together in a family. Find some games that pique your interest, read through the details and decide how your child might benefit from playing them.
 
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Make Your Own Video Games

It can seem like making a video-games is only possible with a degree and lots of complicated equipment. The games on this list let you design and share your own levels just using your controller and tools like Scratch.

Image 174You can unleash your creativity with these games that enable you to make your own games. Start with something familiar and try making your own levels in Mario Maker or get to grips with building in Minecraft. Build your confidence and creativity and soon you’ll be creating more complicated games in Dreams or LittleBigPlanet.

We put this list together with the help of the brilliant National Videogame Museum, (NVM). The World's First Fully-Playable Cultural Centre Dedicated to Games. If you want more information about making your own videogames, the NVM has free resources to get you started.
 

One Joy-Con Nintendo Switch Multiplayer Games

The Switch console comes with one pair of Joy Cons. These are attached to the Switch in portable mode, and detached when playing on a TV. Some games support multiplayer modes with each player only needing one Joy-Con half to play. This offers a much more affordable way to accommodate more players.
 

Learn English As Second Language

For those learning to read, or learning to read English as a second language, video games offer an opportunity play and interact with the meaning of words. Many games include written dialogue or subtitles of the spoken performances, but more interesting in this context are games that use words and sentences as the form of interaction.

There are games like A Dark Room, that offer nouns and verbs as the means of interacting with the world. There are games like Scribblenauts, that let the player enter words to conjure items to solve problems. There are games like Nanotale where you need to enter words to record items in your catalogue and advance the story.

Other games are also useful to those learning English as a second language as you easily can switch between different languages. Also you can play dialogue heavy games at your own pace as the action won’t advance without you.
 


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