Scribblenauts Showdown the new incarnation of the quirky puzzle game series, this time though it’s back as a party game similar to Mario Party. It sports 27 multiplayer button bashing mini games to compete against 3 of your besties, sounds good right? Maybe.
What ground has been made in multiplayer, we have lost in the freedom of its predecessors. Scribblenauts is a series that’s always been about creative puzzle-solving and open-world exploration with a twist, you are able to draw and conjure objects to assist you. What you get is a virtual board game where up to four players compete for first place, either against AI or those sharing the sofa.
Advancement across the board is rewarded by winning a mini-game which you instigate by drawing a random card on your turn or alternatively you can hinder your opposition by sending them back a few steps.
You’ve got the “Tower Topple!” game which looks like a shoddy remake of “Angry Birds” and a “Take Flight” mini-game that takes copious inspiration from “Flappy Bird… suffice to say there is little originality here. Yet at the same time, originality is not the intention. Fun is the agenda here and plenty to be had too. 27 mini-games overall, most of which involve button mashing to dig up treasure, break piñatas, win a tug of war or collect plates from a busy food court.
They may be fun for the first few minutes, but it quickly becomes tedious. Even for a young child.
It’s a game that has been made time and time again under different franchises but when it’s done right… it’s done right, and here is one of those instances. Although I’m unhappy to see a carbon copy of another game it’s still nice to see it done right.
Pick this up if you have a regular family game night or even if you want a party game with a few mates and you won’t regret it but if it’s just you alone I recommend against the purchase.
OVERALL: 5/10 – Bargain Bin
Reviewed by Michael Jones.
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