Conclusion: The controls are far from ideal and the graphics are far from cutting-edge, but Scribblenauts is some of the most fun I’ve had on the DS since Tetris and Mario Kart. It’s not for everyone and some people may not like the slower pace of the game, but I just love the truly experimental nature of Scribblenauts. In what other game can you introduce (almost) anything that you want. And yes, you can even bring in a Rick Roll and a boombox.
Excerpt: Scribblenauts is a puzzle game where you type in the items you need. Say there is a cat stuck in a tree. Well type ladder, or trampoline to get to the cat, and free it. Then take it to your owner. The beauty is there are multiple ways to solve most of the puzzles. The bad news is there are some things that may bother you that is in this game. I tried various words, and it filters out some, and lets others through.
Excerpt: As a handheld title, 5TH Cell’s Scribblenauts is an amazing achievement. There’s so much going on in this ambitious game that you wonder as to just how they managed to accomplish it. So, what is scribblenauts? Well, basically if you can think of an object, it’s very likely that you’ll be able to summon it into the game; drugs, adult and trademarked objects not included.
Excerpt: I love creativity. It's not all that often that you can look at a game and say that it does something new. Scribblenauts is exactly that type of game. Not only is it an original idea, it is the type of game that people of all ages can enjoy. It's simple, fun and conducive to inventive thought. This is simply one of the best Nintendo DS games out there.
Conclusion: The freedom offered to you in Scribblenauts is both intoxicating and overwhelming. Never before has a game given you this much control over solving the 200+ puzzles. Unfortunately it's a nasty control scheme that ultimately brings it back down to Earth. With some tweaking and structure Scribblenauts could have been one of the best games of the year. As it is, it's merely adequate.
Excerpt: Imagine, if you will, that you're back in college. It's the night of the leaver's dance (that's "The Prom", if you're one of our US readers), and you've just showed up to pick up your date. As her mother opens the door you spy your childhood sweetheart at the top of the stairs, resplendent in a shimmering silk gown. She looks absolutely stunning. Then all of a sudden, something goes wrong.
Summary: The freedom offered to you in Scribblenauts is both intoxicating and overwhelming. Never before has a game given you this much control over solving the 200+ puzzles. Unfortunately it's a nasty control scheme that ultimately brings it back down to Earth. With some tweaking and structure Scribblenauts could have been one of the best games of the year. As it is, it's merely adequate. This product was submitted by the publisher for review.
Unique puzzles wow with ability to write objects into game.
Common Sense Media
24 December 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this unique puzzle game allows kids to use their imagination to solve a series of over 200 puzzles. They can write-in the objects they want to use to try to solve a puzzle and those objects then magically appear on the screen. With over 10,000 objects that can be scribbled into existence, there is a lot for kids to explore.