Wednesday, November 14, 2012

First Impressions: Scribblenauts Unlimited (3DS)

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts is a game series that started a few years ago on the Nintendo DS.  The game allowed you to input a word and have the object spawn.  The gameplay was really good, even if it was also really flawed (the controls were terrible and you could beat nearly every level the exact same way).  The second game, Super Scribblenauts was then released on the DS, and it fixed all of the issues with the first game.  That's not all it did though; it also brought with it the ability to use adjectives.  So now you could spawn a Gigantic Purple Spotted Gentlemanly Cthulhu.  In fact, Super Scribblenauts was one of only two DS games that I reviewed and gave a ten out of ten.

Now Scribblenauts Unlimited is here for the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and PC.  In the Wii U and PC versions, you have the ability to create any object that you want.  Sadly, that doesn't seem to be available in the 3DS version.  While that is a disappointment, This game is quickly becoming one of my favorite games for the 3DS.

New this time around are an actual story that features Maxwell and his forty-one siblings, a type of open world environment, and the ability to add adjectives to objects already in the game world.

Scribblenauts Unlimited 3DS

Now, I have only been playing the game for a short time, but here is a list of some of the things I have done so far that have caused me to fall in love with the game so much:

  • Destroyed a rampaging heart with a laser gun.
  • Found a lonely cockroach.  Made it a friend.  Suddenly had a screen full of cockroaches.  Spawned an exterminator who was quickly overpowered and killed.  Dropped a nuke.  Everything nearby died, but the cockroaches were fine.  I started glowing green.
  • Talked to Shoggoth who asked for a mirror to see what it looked like.  It screamed in terror and the mirror shattered.
  • Put a human liver into a cooler for the person who was supposed to be delivering.  The mission name that popped up after I completed it? "What's in the box?"
  • Freed one of Maxwell's brothers from being tied to a cement block at the bottom of a spillway.
  • Hit a mime in the face with a pie to make a sad clown laugh again.
And that's only in the first twenty minutes!  

Another thing to note is the fact that all of the game's action takes place on the bottom screen.  The top screen shows your current location and mission goals.  In these instances, there is no 3D.  Yes, 5thCell did not shoehorn 3D up there for no reason other than to have it.  This makes me very happy.  There is a little bit of 3D, like during the opening story cutscene, but so far, that's it.  

Enough blabbing, I need to dive back in to this amazing game!