Scribblenauts is an unassuming puzzler for the Nintendo DS wrapped in a cloak of cutesy artwork, but with an intriguing central premise. The game has a dictionary, allowing you to summon ANY object you’d like to complete a level.
What makes Scribblenauts so special
Example. Suppose you have to collect a star stuck on top of a tree.You could write ’boomerang’ and throw it at the star to get it down. Or, if you’re a bit ecologically apathetic, you could type ’axe’ and cut the tree down. But that’s two solutions out of possible tens of thousands. Beavers to chew through the trunk? No problem. Ladders, jetpacks, rocketships to get up the tree? All there. Complex series of levers and pulleys that pluck the star with a push of a button? Possible. Wizard buoyed by balloons? Of course. Dinosaurs? You don’t even need to ask. It’s a game that rewards imagination like no other.
Scribblenaut’s concept is easy to dismiss as hype, or as a gimmick that will never work, or a bag of tricks not really amounting to crunchy, deep gameplay: but it passed every test thrown at it with flying colours.