Product Type: Warner Bros. Nintendo DS games
Newest Review: ... is an incredibly impressive feat. The game has 2 main modes, level mode and action levels. The Level mode follows a series of puzzles w... more
A fantastic idea
Member Name: autumnleaf
Advantages: allows you to use your imagination
Disadvantages: clunky controls
There was a fair amount of hype around Scribblenauts before its release. It was a game that was meant to be able to interpret any word that you input and create a 2D object out of it that your character can use on screen. As can be expected, this isn't 100% true, but in nearly all cases, I was able to create whatever I wanted using this method and this is an incredibly impressive feat.
The game has 2 main modes, level mode and action levels. The Level mode follows a series of puzzles where you must summon the correct objects to enable you to fulfil some task. The action mode requires you to just reach a star object placed in each level. There is also a stage creator, which admittedly I never used ( and I suspect many won't) but I am told that this is a nice feature for those interested in that sort of thing.
I found that after a few plays, I was able to solve a great deal of puzzles or at least partially solve them, using just a handful of items. To be fair, this was always going to be a risk for the developers and it isn't really a huge problem.
The controls are the only thing that let this game down. You desperately want to be able to move the main character with the d-pad, but you have to use the stylus to point to a position to move too, with your character often over-shooting or falling frustratingly. This is a big let-down on an otherwise awesome game.
This game is great fun for casual and serious gamers alike. There is no other game where you can attempt to lift a giraffe over a chasm by tying him to a helicopter and flying over it, and this is just a small example of some of the fun to be had with this game, your imagination is the limit!
Summary: A brilliant idea, well executed
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