Games that reward your imagination are too few and far between. Luckily, Maxwell is back with his 2 greatest adventures.
I've been a huge Scribblenauts fan ever since I played the original on DS back in the day. When the series debuted on Wii U with Scribblenauts Unlimited in 2012, I was incredibly excited that I could finally play it on the big screen. A year later, Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure released which incorporated a large cast of superheroes and their goofy stories. This collection contains both of these fantastic adventures in one package for modern consoles and it even features some bonus locations as well. That's right; Unlimited has an airship level (Zed Zeppelin) and a candy-themed level (Land of Sweet Hyperbole) while Unmasked has a Titans Tower stage starring Trigon and a Belle Reve Penitentiary stage starring Task Force X (previously known as Suicide Squad). So, even if you played the Wii U games as much as I have, there are a few substantial reasons to purchase this collection as well.
With all of that out of the way, just what the heck is Scribblenauts? For the unfamiliar, you basically solve puzzles in order to make people happy. Doing so rewards you with starites in Unlimited and reputation points in Unmasked. You make people happy by solving their problems such as returning a little girl's balloon, helping folks feel better in a hospital, and of course, assisting DC heroes to take on their adversaries. In order to accomplish these feats, Maxwell has a magic notebook that materializes anything that he writes in it. This means that you can type whatever word you want at any time and it will show up. You can even add adjectives to objects. Is an enemy bothering you? Add the adjective "Dead" to them. Do you want to be stronger? Apply the adjective "Giant" to yourself. It's incredibly fun and satisfying to discover what you can do while thinking up imaginative ways to solve each situation.
As you can tell, Scribblenauts Mega Pack has an unbelievable amount of content. Both games are huge and will likely take you hours to complete. Plus, they play somewhat differently as well. Unlimited offers an open-ended adventure that allows for a lot of creativity whereas Unmasked is slightly more story-driven and its scenarios are more linear in comparison. When you factor in the bonus areas, you're bound to get a bang for your buck. Additionally, you can now share created objects online in a handy menu which is great if you have some online friends that you want to trade with. The amount of fun to be had is indeed Unlimited.
All of that being said, there are a few downsides to Scribblenauts Mega Pack. I played it on PlayStation 4 which does not have a touchscreen so learning how to navigate through the menus and type stuff in efficiently definitely requires a lot more practice than it did on Wii U. I also came across a few glitches. One challenge kept ending prematurely by saying that I failed even when I didn't do anything. I had to restart the game in order to progress past that. Speaking of challenges, it's super-irritating that you have to play through challenges from the very beginning if you happen to make a simple mistake. Some of these can take a few minutes to beat so doing the same actions over and over again can get tedious, especially if you're stuck on the final part of a challenge.
If you enjoy having carefree fun and testing the limits of your imagination then playing Scribblenauts Mega Pack will be nothing short of delightful. Even if you own the included games already, there's enough here to be worthy of another purchase.
- + Contains 2 phenomenal and hilarious games that reward creative thinking
- + Loads of content to work through
- + Includes 4 bonus locations
- - Having to restart challenges all over again can be a huge pain
- - Controls take some getting used to
- - A few frustrating glitches