Scribblenauts review

By - September 28, 2009

Scribblenauts: where a kid can be a kid.


Scribblenauts is a game for the Nintendo DS by Warner Bros interactive entertainment. You play as a kid named Maxwell as he travels through a variety of locales collecting starites, all in the name of funsies. You lead Maxwell to these starites by creating any object you can think of to aid him in his quest. Any object.

In game picture of Scribblenauts in action.

In game picture of Scribblenauts in action.

Let me go ahead and get this out of the way: I absolutely love Scribblenauts. The game has inspired so many giggles filled with child-like glee that I’ve lost count. Outside of most proper nouns, copyrighted materials or anything lewd or racist, you can create darn well anything you can think of. Seriously. Some of the most fun I’ve had in the game isn’t even from trying to complete any missions, it’s from running around in the pre-game menu level. I’ve witnessed some truly, truly insane things that have been spawned through the sheer power of imagination, such as:

-A Satan in a tank and a second Satan fighting Maxwell while he pilots a robot suit.

– Medusa turning Maxwell to stone, and then being turned to stone herself by a mirror I’ve placed in front of her.

-A witch turning a knight into a frog and then freaking eating him!

-Zeus punching a minotaur in the face with lightning power

Scylla and Charybdis

­-A nuclear bomb leveling the entire stage, killing ol’ Maxwell.

-Maxwell flying a plane while wearing a cowboy hat, with a monkey wearing sunglasses as his copilot.

-A robot zombie fighting a robot and a zombie.

-A vampire creating an army of vampire spawns, only to be destroyed by the sun.

– Gluing three boulders and three boards together to create a U shaped shield to protect a falling starite from melting in lava.

– A spaceship falling on a duck and killing it.

– Riding around on a llama.

– A time machine that leads to a dinosaur filled prehistoric past.

-A teleporter that leads to a secret developers area.

-Maxwell riding a tandem bike with his evil twin.


The one fault with Scribblenauts is that the controls are, shall we say, slightly touchy. More than once has Maxwell taken a flying leap into lava when he was supposed to be jumping over the stuff. But all that is a-ok. The game is just so darn much fun that you won’t care about the brief moments where Maxwell is indignantly wandering away from where you’ve directed him. Heck, the game is so much fun that everyone in my family that’s played it has immediately wanted to go out and buy it. The adventures you can have in Scribblenauts are limited only by your imagination, so go out there and go wild!

-Alex out

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