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'Scribblenauts: Unmasked' review, a unique DC Universe crossover

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Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure

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This review is for the 3DS version.

‘Scribblenauts’ is a creative series that gives words the power to embody their meaning. ‘Scribblenauts’ stars a young boy, Maxwell, and his magic notepad that can create anything he write in it. Anything. Now imagine that concept thrown into the DC Comic’s universe and you get ‘Scribblenauts: Unmasked!’

Concept, Plotline, and Story

Shortly after his last adventure, Maxwell and his sister, Lily, get into a debate about which DC Comics super hero is the best. Maxwell decides the best way to figure this out is to combine his notebook and Lily’s globe (which allowes her to travel anywhere in the world) to go to the DC Universe themselves and see which of their favorite super heroes is truly the best. But when they combine their powers and arrive in Gotham City, trouble is brewing yet again. A villain who looks just like Maxwell is teaming up with the other villains and is causing mayhem among the multiple worlds! Maxwell and Lily must work together with Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and the other heroes from the DC Universe to save the worlds and return home!

If you played the previous game, this follows the same principle. You select a map and have the choice of helping out with side quests first and then go to the main quest. You can use almost anything to help out in your quests, but you must choose something that will best suit the situation. If someone is thirsty, you don’t want to give them a campfire, do you? No.

Going simple with completing quest is the speedy thing to do, but the more creative the player is with their words, the more points they get.

Graphics

The style of the game is 2D, with stick-like, quirky movements. It’s simplistic, quirky, and kind of cute. The introduction and key scenes resemble a comic book style, to keep with the DC theme. While the styles are simplistic, the characters are identifiable and the objects are usually easy to notice.

Gameplay and other Knick-Knacks

As stated before, Maxwell’s notebook can create (almost) anything by writing it down. The player can also add on adjectives. If a pathetic little flamethrower doesn’t cut it, go for a MEGA flamethrower. You can’t always go the easy way, though. There will be certain objects that just won’t work in the situation unless you’re specific. Some quests will even ban you from using certain words. It’s all about being creative and thinking outside the box.

It’s relatively easy going through the maps, especially if you put Maxwell in certain outfits. Besides summoning heroes and villains to fight, Maxwell can also put on super hero costumes and obtain their abilities. If the player gives Maxwell a ‘speedy Superman costume,’ Maxwell can travel around in half the time.

When using an object, the player can select to use the object on something specific instead of blind aiming. Caution should apply to this: there is friendly fire. If the player hits one of their allies, they will retaliate.

If the player is stuck on who to summon to aid them in battle, they can check out the ‘Bat Computer,’ a data frame that has all of the DC heroes and villains and their information.

After a while, the player can also customize their own super hero. However, this is literally taking specific body parts of super heroes and melding it into one body like a rated PG Frankenstein creation. Sounds cool, looks freaky.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this game is simple, easy (not all of the time) and fun to play. This is great for kids to work on their vocabulary, with a very mild sense of cartoon violence. The game can sometimes become frustrating because of the computer player’s faulty directions/programming. At times, if the player makes one tiny error, they need to restart the mission. But it’s nothing impossible.

It’s worth a play through if you want something quick and quirky. Total score is about a 3.7.

Pros:

DC Comics!
• Have to use your brain to come up with solutions to problems
• Possibilities of objects with adjectives can be hilarious
• Great for kids, adults will like this, too

Cons:

• High chance of misfire
• Easy to screw up a mission
• Cost ‘points’ to redo mission
• Objective might need a little work to complete

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