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Scribblenauts Remix Review
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Scribblenauts Remix, a version of the popular DS puzzle series, has been brought to iOS by 5th Cell Media, published by Warner Bros. Entertainment, and is now available from the app store. Featuring fun-for-the-family gameplay and a seemingly limitless dictionary of objects, Scribblenauts is a brilliant timesink that’s never the same game twice.

Scribblenauts Remix Pros:

  • Shockingly deep vocabulary set
  • Fun cartoony art style
  • Lots of levels and even a sandbox mode
  • GameCenter integration for global leaderboards and achievements

Scribblenauts Remix Cons:

  • Levels are very easy and geared toward a younger crowd
  • Could use a level editor

Scribblenauts Remix contains 50 levels, with a smattering taken from the original Scribblenauts, another smattering from Super Scribblenauts, and a handful of never-before-seen levels that can only be found in the iOS version. You control a young man named Maxwell, whose aim in each level is to collect the Starite that is either located somewhere within the environment or unlocked by completing a specific word-based task. To reach the Starite, you must create objects to interact with the environment or create a list that accurately represents a given category, such as items found in a classroom. This is accomplished by tapping on the notebook in the upper right corner and using the keyboard to type the name of the object. In a fun twist, adjectives can be used to modify the object, giving it color, size, etc. There are some limits, as you cannot use a proper name, a place, suggestive words, profanity, or copyrighted items. Otherwise, anything is fair game and the results are spectacular. Everything we threw at the game was instantly presented to us, provided we followed the rules. Even words with more than one meaning give you the options to choose from in order to ensure that you get the expected object.

When the object appears in the middle of the screen, you can drag it to a new location and rotate it by twisting 2 fingers on-screen. You can make objects interact with each other or have Maxwell use them to solve his puzzle, simply by handing him the object and tapping on him. The AI is quite impressive, as Maxwell seems to instantly know how to use anything you give him. It’s a wonderful teaching tool for kids and an enjoyable exercise for older gamers. You’ll likely not get stuck in any of the puzzles nor face any situations that require help, but there is a hint function if needed.

Gtaphically, Scribblenauts employs a terrific hand-drawn cartoon look that further reinforces it as a great offering for children and a whimsical exercise for adults. The character animations are smooth and fun, and various situations allow you to choose certain actions, such as mounting objects, throwing items, painting, picking up, etc. You can easily dispose of objects, too, by dragging them to the notebook icon, which will turn into a trash can. The music is light and cheery, fitting the fun style of the game. Controls are touch-based, with movements controlled by holding either side of the screen to make Maxwell move. Jumping, swimming, and other such actions occur automatically. The controls are intuitive and a little experimentation should help you if you do get confused.

Replay value is limited, as the puzzles don’t change, though solving them with a new variety of objects or attempting to beat your best time can provide additional reason to return. There is a sandbox section that allows you to create with no purpose in mind. Kids will likely get the most use out of the game, though we can see ourselves enjoying it for months to come. A level editor of sorts would go a long way toward adding replay value. GameCenter integration allows for global leaderboards for the Ollars that you earn, though we were never quite clear on the rules regarding how they are earned or how to improve. There is also an achievement system, and iCloud support syncs your progress across devices. A universal app for $4.99, Scribblenauts Remix is a very cool 4.5-Dimple offering.

Scribblenauts Remix Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-11-05T01:31:20+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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