This is one of the most unique video games I have played in a long time. It requires a lot of thinking "out of the box". I didn't get to play it for long since my 10 year-old son took it and kept it for months! But it has many ways to challenge the user on each lever, beating a time, coming up with unique items, etc.
There are lots of levels and many ways to jump back and forth in the game. The amount of items you can draw is unbelievable and must have taken a huge team of gamers to create.
It certainly allows for a lot of creativity and fun in getting through the game.
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I'm a work-at-home mom with two children. I've run my own graphic design and marketing company for 15 years and love what I do everyday. My son and I are black belts in … more
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Scribblenauts is a unique single player side-scrolling action game for the Nintendo DS that challenges players to solve spatially oriented puzzles like no game before it. In it players use an in-game notepad/keyboard, as well as the touch screen and stylus of the Nintendo DS, to conjure up solutions to the obstacles placed in the path of the game's hero. Solutions are manifested in the form of literally thousands of items--many very unexpected--that are called up and take on a life of their own, resulting in puzzle-solving that is limited only by the player's imagination.
Gameplay Based around 2D side-scrolling action and word play, the premise of Scribblenauts is simple; quite literally, anything you write, you can use and reuse in the game. Players use the DS' touch-screen and the in-game notepad/keyboard to help their character, Maxwell, as he moves throughout 220 increasingly difficult levels on his never-ending quest for the star-like "Starites." But it is not as easy as reaching up and plucking a Starite. Attaining them requires Maxwell to solve spatially oriented puzzles. To do this players describe objects via the notepad/keyboard, which in turn appear on the game screen and facilitate the starite making its way to Maxwell. There are literally thousands of items in the game, both utilitarian like ladders, ropes, cars and buses, to the outlandish items, such as ...