Product Type: Warner Bros. Nintendo DS games
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Super Scribblenauts (DS)
Member Name: xisorosix
Super Scribblenauts (DS)
Advantages: Very creative and fun game. Educational way of passing the time!
Disadvantages: Some bizarrer/specific levels
I spotted this game whilst browsing Amazon during their 'Black Friday' offers and paid I paid around £6-7. The price is currently £5.97 on Amazon.
Although the game is probably aimed at young children around primary school age or the beginning of high school, I really didn't mind playing around with it. I don't own the Scribblenauts game, but after watching the promotional video on Amazon and reading reviews, I thought it would be a fun game to have.
The game is features Maxwell, a small boy that you have to guide through various levels (120) by solving various puzzles. You do this by creating an object that you think might be useful in the situation. The game is very creative and there are a lot of possibilities with the number of items you can create, for example a "huge happy green zombie kangaroo" is just one of the silly things you can place into the game! There are over 10,000 adjectives that you can combine with a huge number of nouns - I was quite surprised to see that they included various dog breeds, not all of them common, amongst the nouns. When the puzzle has been solved, Maxwell then collects "Starite" - once you've collected this piece you can move on to the next level.
I really like how there are different ways of solving each level, which means that after you complete the game, it is still fun to re-do the whole game but in different ways. The layout of the game is very straightforward with its brightly coloured images and sounds. I don't regret buying this game, since it's been a source of great fun amongst me and my friends when we've decided to play it. If you are really stuck for what to do in a game, there is the opportunity to look at the hints! You can test yourself by spelling out more complicated words. Even when you get the word wrong, if you're close enough the game does offer spelling suggestions.
Would I recommend it?
If you like having a bit of fun, solving puzzles with ranging difficulty I think you might like this. Bear in mind, it is designed to be accessible to school children, but it's not stopped me from playing with it. I think it would be excellent to play alongside a child, or perhaps you want to buy someone a gift but want it to be fun as well as educational? The price is pretty good for a good quality DS game and even though I started playing it a while ago, I leave and resume it again quite often so I still haven't solved it. Despite this, the game doesn't make you feel like you have to complete it all in one go. Overall I really enjoy it and it does put a big smile on my face :) I'd give this 4 stars since I find quite a few of the levels a little bizarre or with answers too specific. It doesn't sound like a big thing, but when you're spending time on it in order to move on!
Summary: Overall, would recommend it especially for a child who wants to gain confidence with spelling!