What It Is
ScribbleNauts Unlimited is the fourth game in the ScribbleNauts series and the first game that delves into the story behind the game. At the start of the game, we learn why the series’ main playable character, Maxwell, has been searching for Starites since the first game. Starites are stars that are awarded to the player for successfully helping characters in the game and it turns out that Maxwell needs those Starites to save his sister from turning into a statue.
Whether you play as Maxwell or any of the unlockable playable characters, you explore a world filled with characters and creatures that need some sort of help. You help them by writing down ANY object that you can think of, which will then appear in the game. For example, there is a character whose cat is stuck in a tree so you have to think of an object to get the cat out of the tree. We came up with escalator but you can use any object that you can think of. You can also add an adjective to your object if you need to. At first our escalator was too short so we added the word tall to stretch the escalator and reach the cat.
Why It’s Fun
Trying to think of creative and funny words to help the characters is a blast! Another way to reach the cat mentioned above is the word “Jetpack”. Write the word and it appears for Maxwell to put on then jet to the top of the tree and save the cat.
Who It’s For
ScribbleNauts Unlimited is rated E 10+ because of cartoon violence and mischief but content wise, the game is perfectly suitable for all ages. The game won’t allow you to use dirty words so there is no need to worry about an older sibling using the game to teach dirty words to a younger brother or sister.
Being able to spell is important but ScribbleNauts also has a great assist feature that will give you a list of words that you might be trying to spell – this is great for kids who are just learning to spell but might need some help.
This game is only limited by the players’ imagination and vocabulary so teens and adults will enjoy trying to think of creative words as well.
What To Be Aware Of
We played the 3DS version of ScribbleNauts Unlimited for this review but it is also available for the Wii U and PC. All three editions are essentially the same game with some minor differences.
There are 41 levels with countless opportunities for earning Starites, which will take the average, young gamer days to play through. Players can also return whenever they want and try to help a character using different words, which also adds a ton of repeat play value to ScribbleNauts Unlimited.