Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bring Out Your Inner Creativity With Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts is back again but wait, this time it’s for the 3DS.
With Scribblenauts Unlimited, you can experiment with your creativity and imagination to another level. This game uses fairly similar controls and gameplay as the previous versions of the franchise. Most of the game is controlled entirely by using the stylus, as the user runs around completing missions with Maxwell. A few differences one might notice is that instead of simply earning starite after completing missions, they now have small missions where one gains starite shards which are used to unlock certain areas. Starite shards can be earned in multiple ways such as completing small missions, spawning relevant items and using them in a creative way. There are approximately 400 starite shard quests to be completed and over 40 starites to obtain (10 starite shards make 1 starite).The gist of the game is to use your creativity to complete certain tasks. If you want to discard an object, just simply drag and drop it into the trash can.
You can check out Scribblenauts Unlimited trailer below
Here’s a quick glimpse at the top and bottom screen of the 3DS version and what worlds you can explore and unlock.

  • Streetpass and Spotpass enables users to share their puzzle solutions with other players.
  • Backpack which allows users to use items that they’ve previously created.
  • Includes a storyline which explains Maxwell’s reason to retrieve Starites.
  • Puzzles are fairly simple and lets users experiment with their creativity.
  • Fairly similar gameplay and controls to the previous Scribblenauts.
  • An improved level layout which lets users explore multiple worlds.
  • The object editor was not included in the 3DS edition which means people who own this version do not have the option to create and share custom made objects unlike the Wii U and the PC edition.
  • Cannot summon characters from the Super Mario and Link franchise (only available for the PC and Wii U version).
  • Only one save file which could create issues for users who share a 3DS with a sibling.

Check out the video below for an exclusive look on what characters you can summon within the Super Mario and Link franchise.


Scribblenauts Unlimited for the 3DS lacks a couple of key components that would definitely make this game a lot more captivating for the handheld console. Regardless, this is still a fun and enjoyable game that allows users to expand their creativity and vocabulary by creating and using words to solve various puzzles. If you haven’t picked up any of the Scribblenaut series yet, I’d recommend you start with Scribblenauts Unlimited as it is an improvement from the previous games and would definitely be age appropriate for children ages 8+.


1 comment:

  1. This is a great game but it sucks that the object editor was excluded in the 3DS version.

    Also, the lame excuse that Nintendo gave regarding why it wasn't included for the 3DS was ridiculous.