Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Video Game Preview - Scribblenauts: Best Handheld Game Evar!

By Benedict Wee

With major game announcements such as Halo 3 ODST for the Xbox 360, God of War 3 for the Playstation 3 and Metroid: Other M for the Wii it is easy to forget that a good game is not based on its blockbuster title but rather the creative streak and intuitive gameplay that got them popular in the first place.

Enter Scribblenauts; an emergent puzzle action game for the Nintendo DS by the developer 5th Cell who brought us innovative games like Drawn to Life and Lock's Quest. The game casts you as Maxwell who is tasked with collecting items called "Starites" by solving puzzles. What's unique about the game is that you solve puzzles by writing words on the bottom touchscreen of the DS.

Say for example a Starite is up in a tree. You can write the word "Ladder" and a ladder will appear for Max to climb the tree. Or you can input "Beaver" and a beaver will appear to cut the tree down making it easier to retrieve the Starite. The only limit of ways to solve the puzzles is your imagination.
The game's release date is September for the United States.

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