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‘Scribblenauts’ gets super-sized

Oct 15, 2013

By John Powell - G4 Canada

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Scribblenauts UnmaskedMaxwell of Scribblenauts fame has always been a superhero. Able to bring to life anything he writes in his magical notebook, Maxwell has saved the day in big and small ways.

It is only natural then that the pint-sized hero would team up with some of the greatest superheroes of all-time including Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman.

In the resourceful ‘Scribblenauts Unmasked’ for the Nintendo 3DS, Maxwell becomes an unofficial member of the Justice League traveling to such iconic places as Gotham City, Metropolis and even Oa, home of the Green Lantern corps, to defeat villains and offer what help he can to the flummoxed residents who have lost their cats or need help making their gardens grow.

Scribblenauts Unmasked Maxwell’s ultimate goal though is to discover who is responsible for creating an evil doppelganger of him who is lending a hand to DC baddies such as The Joker and Lex Luthor.

While the gameplay hasn't changed with the side-scrolling Maxwell exploring settings, solving riddles using words written in his notebook, the level of complexity boggles the mind. Almost every DC superhero from top-tier characters such as Cyborg and The Flash to such second-stringers as Amazing Man, Ambush Bug and Geo Force are available to summon into the game. Every gadget from Batman’s batarang to Green Arrow’s bow is there for the conjuring as well. You know the developers have covered all the bases when even Azrael, Phantom Stranger and every rendition of Catwoman are in the game. It is very impressive development to say the least. To carry around all of those useful objects, Maxwell now has a nifty utility belt and can unlock special costumes to wear as well.

Scribblenauts Unmasked While ‘Scribblenauts’ promotes the use of imagination and does exercise your grey cells, a fundamental flaw remains: most of the puzzles have logical solutions and any creative answers you may come up with, just won’t work out that well. Prepare to be thwarted time and time again when your legit, out of the box resolutions fail to accomplish anything out of the ordinary. ‘Scribblenauts’ doesn’t like you to colour out of the lines and it shows.

Comic book nerds (such as myself) and ‘Scribblenauts’ die-hards inspired by the encyclopedic nature will be able to forgive and forget about this limitation; others may be as irritated as The Penguin when his umbrella fails to open.

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Format: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: 5TH Cell
Developer: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E10+
Official Site: http://www.scribblenauts.com/scribblenauts/unmasked

Rating: 7 / 10

 
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