by, 09-11-2009 at 12:57 PM (1145 Views)
There has been so much hype about this game since it's announcement I wouldn't know where to start. In fact, it seems to have been discussed more than Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver. I haven't played it too much yet, to be honest. But here is a short article to give you an idea of what the game is about, if you didn't already know.
The game's mechanics can be summed up with a single sentence: "Write anything, solve anything." That's what it says on the box, and that's it in it's entirety. It doesn't seem like much, but it is, and a whole lot more.
Scribblenauts is a 2D side-scrolling platformer. The graphics aren't great, but they aren't bad, either. The graphics look very similar to Drawn To Life. It's not too surprising, since Scribblenauts and Drawn To Life were both done by 5th Cell.
I wasn't looking for too much here, since the gameplay is supposed to make up for it.
Gameplay & Controls
I put these two together, since they pretty much go hand-in-hand.
Your goal in each level is to get the Starite. Simple enough, eh?
There's not much to be said about the controls. The D-Pad and B,A,X,Y moves the camera around. You move around by tapping certain areas on your screen. Item interaction is also initiated by tapping on the touch screen. By tapping on yourself, you can then drop the item you were originally holding.
In Scribblenauts, walking is not your only option. No, you can now travel in style! Cars, airplanes, and other things you can't think of are alternative means of transportation. These are probably pretty critical in puzzle-solving.
..Didn't I mention puzzle-solving yet?
There are over 200 puzzles in Scribblenauts, or so I've heard. On the upper right hand corner of your screen is a wordpad. Your objective is to solve the puzzles by conjuring up items using your wordpad. You can write almost ANYTHING you want in it, like a dog, a bear, a fire extinguisher, a flamethrower, a ladder, a springboard, etc. You get the idea. Supposedly, there are 10000 different words in Scribblenauts word database.
..That's a lot!
Wait a moment before you start writing stuff, though. There are limitations on what you can do. Swear words, words about sex and copyrighted words, are not allowed. Terms pertaining to race to race/ethnicity, words that are not objects, and words that are not in the dictionary are also not allowed.
The thing I like most about this game is that your options are virtually limitless. You can solve puzzles in many different ways which makes it very replayable.
I'm definitely liking it so far, and it seems to live up to it's hype. That's it for now! I'm off to Scribble some more.