Platform: Wii U (Reviewed), 3DS, PC
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Ever wanted to have complete freedom and ability to create and alter objects around you? Scribblenauts Unlimited pretty much fits this description. The game give you the ability to help others out with the way of your magic notebook that allows you to create and alter objects at will. If you like puzzle games and enjoy solving answers with creative solutions, this just might be the game for you.
The main gameplay of Scribblenauts consists of solving puzzles by creating any objects that might solve it to collect starites. You are literally only limited by your imagination. You can create any object by writing any non-copyrighted noun. You can then also enhance the created object or any object currently in the level by adding an adjective. Pretty much you are back in English class, but this time it’s fun. Why create a generic “lion,” when you can create a “purple scary giant lion” instead. Solving puzzles are pretty much left to your own creativity. For example, one of the puzzles asked me to put a meat item in a oven so that a school cook could feed a student. So being a little mean, I choose to create a rat and place in oven. Not only did it solve the puzzle, but also changed the outcome by making the student fall over and become sick and purple and solved puzzle title became “Lunch is served?” So when it comes to this game, as long as you can think of an answer, you can solve it however you like. The Wii U version also allows you to create characters from the Mario and Zelda universe. I found myself creating as many “shy guys” as I possible could.
Scribblenauts Unlimited features a more in-depth story to it then previous games in the series. The game starts out explaining why Max is out helping people instead of being up to no good. It’s quite simple actually, he was up to no good originally. One day he and his sister pulled a prank on old man and resulted in his sister becoming cursed to slowly turn to stone. Unless you could correct starites, his sister would forever be lost. So as you collect more starites and advance through the game, more and more areas will start to unlock and become available to you.
The game looks and sounds nice on my TV as well as alone on the Gamepad. I found myself mainly looking at the Gamepad instead of the TV a good bit of the time because most of the action is done on the touch screen. That is at least if you choose to use the Gamepad alone. The game’s simple cut-out look works well for the game. It really looks very crisp when put in action. The sounds created from the characters really help to bring it all together and alive. Also makes it for an enjoyable experience, and a funny one too.
The game has a fairly nice length to it for anyone wanting to check out the game. I beat the game around the ten hour mark. But going back for 100% completion and using the object creation sharing community can last you several more hours. The only main issue with the game is that you really need to understand English. If you English isn’t a fluent language of yours, you may have issue with this game. In the end, Scribblenauts Unlimited is a fairly fun game. Anyone who was a fan of the previous games in the series or like word puzzles that allow for creative solutions will enjoy this game.