Super Scribblenauts is
far superior than its predecessor which was quite a unique game. Even
though many elements of the original game remain, the developers have
streamlined the interface which in turn fixed a few of the bugs and
annoyances of the first Scribblenauts. Then you have the all new
adjective system which contains over 10,000 adjectives that allows you
to create some truly bizarre creatures and items.
Another standout feature of Super Scribblenauts is the difficulty which is more challenging than the first
game but bare in mind, this game was still created for the younger
gamer. In terms of story, the hero Super Scribblenauts is Max whose prowess is only limited
by the players imagination and your goal is to play through a variety of
levels (120 to be precise) with a healthy amount of puzzles to solve in order to capture the Starite.
Simple hey? Sometimes! But still a healthy challenge and then you have
the level editor on top of all this as well.
Gameplay is a
combination of arcade platformer meets the world of word puzzles which
is an interesting mix that actually works. One issue with the original
was that jetpacks could solve most puzzles and thankfully this has been
rectified with the sequel. No longer is there an easy way out... now you
need to think a little harder.
The new adjective system
works quite well and best of all, this interacts with the environment
more fluently. By thinking of certain words to use, this will help Max
out of his current predicament and some solutions can be quite amusing
to play out. Zombies, Pears and Dinosaurs? They are all available in
Super Scribblenauts! Real world physics are also more important than the
original game which keeps things a little more grounded in this
system of Max has also been improved as is the interaction with the
gaming world. The stylus is an imperative part of the game, especially
with the adjective gaming system and it works quite well with the D-Pad.
Controlling max works well with the D-pad or for old schoolers, the
stylus is still available. Either way, it works quite well.
As mentioned, the difficulty of Super
Scribblenauts is more challenging, however hints are available to be
purchased through the in-game money. If you are stuck on a level too
long, the game will disclose the hint to the player for free in order to assist
them move on. This is a clever idea that more developers should se for
all games. Just be careful not to spend all your Ollar's at once though.
Graphically, Super Scribblenauts isn't the nicest looking game on the
Nintendo DS and the characters are quite LEGO-like in experience due to
the sprite based graphics. For a third party game, it's still quite
colourful and well designed and the animation is a treat to watch. The
music is quite ambient as are the sound effects that go well with the
In conclusion, Super Scribblenauts is a very clever game that challenges
the status quo of gaming on the Nintendo DS. As opposed to the dribble
ware that plagues the Nintendo DS, Super Scribblenauts is a breath of
fresh air. It's a very surreal game that targets the younger gamer well
and dare I say it... even older gamers may get a few things out of this
innovative title. Definitely check it out for your kid and if they get
bored of it, it's time to jump in for the older gamer. Good times to be
had by all!