Excerpt: When the Wii U system was first announced there were a few game franchises that really stuck out as something that would suit the new Nintendo box well. One of those was definitely going to be the popular franchise known as Scribblenauts. The Wii U Gamepad would provide an obvious and easy way to enter text into the game quickly, and with Scribblenauts being so text heavy, it seemed like a no-brainer. Warner Brothers agreed and Scribblenauts Unlimited has hit the system.
Excerpt: The idea of Scribblenauts is ingenious – think of any object, type in its name, and it appears in the game world – but so far the execution has been lacking. With Scribblenauts Unlimited, I’ve finally come to the realisation that it may not be possible to make a brilliant game from such an ambitious concept: there are simply too many variables involved, the game’s gargantuan dictionary meaning any interactions are necessarily rudimentary.
Conclusion: As a sandbox in the purest sense of the word, Scribblenauts Unlimited’s success is evident, but its design lacks the reciprocity necessary to encourage creativity beyond the mundane. This is the best Scribblenauts yet, but with the same basic problem holding it back, it’s still little more than a toy in videogame form.
Excerpt: That’s about as nasty as the game will let you get. If you try to toss potentially offensive nouns into the mix, or if you try to use “sexy” or even “bloody” as an adjective, you won’t have any luck. The game is mostly G-rated, and really that’s just fine. It helps make things all the funnier when you find unlikely combinations and engineer humorous outcomes.
Summary: Maxwell hides incredible powers beneath his unassuming stature. When he fancies eating a hot dog, a tasty treat materializes into existence, and if he dreams bigger--say, with a prehistoric slant--he can conjure his trusted dinosaur, ready to ride. Objects and creatures spring forth from his magical notebook, easily modified with a clever adjective or two, and he uses this menagerie to solve the troubles plaguing his compatriots.
Pros: Thousands of objects and creatures to experiment with, Bonus objectives provide puzzling questions, Creation tools allow even more imaginative offerings
Cons: Standard puzzles are easy, Logical solutions aren't always accepted