Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts UnlimitedScribblenauts Unlimited is one of the more difficult games to describe to someone new to the series because of the freedom granted to the gamer.  If one of several puzzles presents you a block of ice to get through, just call for a fire-breathing dragon to melt the obstacle.

Developed by 5th Cell, this creative platform game wants the player to use their imagination to solve puzzles instead of using only a select few tools at their disposal.

The world map offer a bevy of puzzles to select all at once. Players do not have to worry being stuck at one specific puzzle and never seeing the rest the game’s treasures.

This game series makes a successful debut on the big screen through the Nintendo Wii U console, but still feels more at home in the palm of your hands, especially with a recently released version (about $4.99) on mobile devices.

The high-definition makeover translates very well for the art style of Scribblenauts Unlimited.  Unfortunately, there is little reason to actually look at the television screen as it projects the exact same image as the one on the Wii U Game Pad. Developers utilize the Game Pad extremely well with improved navigation, helpful menus, and  intuitive touch screen options that allow players’ creativity to take center stage.

Because the all the actions require a stylus and concentration on the smaller screen the larger image does little to serve any purpose other than occasionally looking up for some eye candy.  The Wii U does not require the television to be on to play games and this title may be the best example of taking advantage of that feature.

Players get an incredibly in-depth custom creation tool and creations can be shared online so you can see other gamers’ works. Despite a few flaws, this is the closet the series has come to offering a true sandbox title for the imagination (***1/2 out of four stars). Get this game that is currently priced at $19.99, which is about one-third of the original price.

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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