Take a video game about creating whatever you want and add a dash of comic book pop culture, and you’ve got Scribblenauts Unmasked … but that’s just scratching the surface in this latest update to this (now long running) series.
Having only just re-appeared as a Wii U launch title, it did take me by surprise that Scribblenauts would return again so soon. But having loaded up this DC comics inspired sequel, I’m kinda glad it’s back. Not only does this latest update add plenty of new content to play around with, but the presentation and attention to detail is on par with the recent Lego Batman series, especially in terms of referencing the many DC universe characters that are out there.
If you haven’t played a Scribblenauts title before, the aim is to create items to solve puzzles and collect stars along the way. You do so by typing either an object, person or adjective into your notebook, which then come alive as if by magic. So far I’ve had Superman, Green Lantern and Cyborg come to my rescue by simply writing their names, defended myself against a zombie wonder woman, used an axe whilst riding a dinosaur into battle against a number of foes, and I’ve helped Batman tackle the Joker. I’ve also discovered that even Batman can’t escape the dreaded ‘let me just put you on hold’ situation in his attempt to contact the Justice League via his batphone.
Yes, Scribblenauts is aimed at the kids, that’s a given, but DC fans have something to like about this one too. In fact there are a number of references to characters and indeed other worlds that many kids will frown upon or just completely ignore (poor old Booster Gold). Obscure heroes and villains are hidden away within the bat computer database, which itself is worth exploring as it goes into great detail regarding almost everything and everyone you may come across. Back stories and links to other characters are everywhere, to the point that this is arguably even better than reading one of those encyclopaedia compilation things at the book stores.
I’ve really only just started getting into it, but so far Scribblenauts Unmasked has me hooked. Given the series has done what it can with its notebook power premise, I honestly thought it had run its course. But in this case, I’m happy to say I’m wrong, even if I’m not the best when it comes to solving some of the puzzles. I’ll have a full review of Scribblenauts Unmasked later this week so keep an eye out for that bat symbol in the sky! … or just come back to the site here, you know, whichever comes first.