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GF Rating
7.0

2152 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
6

Above Average

Great idea marred by braindead controls

posted by IceBurner (ISSAQUAH, WA) Sep 22, 2009

Member since Sep 2007

10 out of 12 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

Scribblenauts is a wonderful, wonderful idea with an unfortunately flawed execution. The gameplay concepts work very well; you really can invoke just about anything, solve things very imaginatively, be very impractical, or very ingenious. The issue is with the controls.

You invoke and manipulate objects with the stylus. You also move Maxwell (your character) with the stylus. The camera can be moved away so that you can keep out of danger or from being in the way to solve puzzles more efficiently, but it likes to auto-scroll back to Maxwell. Beginning to catch onto the problem? Mis-touch once and Maxwell is all too happy to careen right into the solution you were carefully trying to set up, or to his death. This issue is exacerbated by the auto-returning camera and small size of commonly used items such as ropes, cords, chains, etc. The alternative of button controls for your character are not a tall order and are an incredibly stupid omission.

After pitching himself to his death and the wait to restart a level for the umpteenth time, I was finally fed up to the point where I couldn't justify >>trying<< to play any longer; it was just wasting my time. This is so ludicrously unfortunate because Scribblenauts had all the potential to be game of the year -- the core elements of the gameplay are solid gold fun. It's a shame the user interface is so poorly thought out as to literally stand in the way of what could have been the single most fun & replayable game ever.

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GF Rating
7

Good

Almost a great game.

posted by Chargolith (HILLSBORO, IL) Dec 10, 2009

Member since Dec 2009

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

This game is still worth renting, but there are two things that hurt it.

One is the controls. For instance, if you go to touch an object, and miss it (some objects are small) your character will go running to where you just touched. I've died many times because of this.

The other is the physics engine. Things don't always behave the way they should. For instance, I attached a "huge boulder" to a tiny witch, and the witch was walking around throwing the boulder from side to side.

You'll die many times for silly reasons, not necessarily because you made a mistake.

However, if you have patience, you can still enjoy this game.

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GF Rating
8

Very Good

Fanstatic but a few problems

posted by Spartan654 (NORCROSS, GA) Sep 16, 2009

Member since Sep 2009

12 out of 18 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

im just gonna list the pros and cons and u can decide for ur self.

Pros:
1.You can almost write anything,except trademarks and mature stuff
2. Its alot of fun seeing who would win in a fight
3.Levels are extremely fun puzzles and actions alike.
4.Alot of replayablity to be had here with
5. The title screen is awesome 2 hrs. of gameplay there.

Cons:
1. Scribble nauts ingores most adjecteves (e.g. Giant zombie)
2. Some levels are impossible to complete
3. Everything relies in money and the Par for objects is sometimes impossible to match.
4. getting Mind block sucks you dont know what to write
5. No close spelling check espically with long word like Invisblility cloak so bring a dictiornay.
6.Controling Maxwell with stylus is hard espiceally with no stylus and can be a pain
7.Some words have multiple avatrs for it (e,g. Wyrm is the same avtar for Dragon)
8. Sometimes when you want a freeze gun they'll give u a gun instead.

Overall good game with some Minors con hopefully there Console titles will rock the house :)

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