Scribblenauts is a popular Nintendo DSi game (it also works with the standard DS). Players receive a unique and creative playing experience. Because of its high replay value, the game never gets old. There’s certainly a lot to like. But, is it suitable for preteens between the ages of 9 to 12-years old? Here’s a review to help you decide if the game is suitable for your child.
Scribblenauts is a side-scrolling game played with the Nintendo DSi stylus. The player controls a little boy named Maxwell. He travels the world collecting star-like objects called “Starites”. Maxwell gets a Starite each time he completes a level.
The concept is simple and straight forward. But, what sets the game apart from thousands of others? The game is unique because the player decides what appears in the game. It takes a good imagination and strong creative thinking skills to succeed. You also must know how to read and spell. Younger kids will need help in this area.
Thousands of objects are available for players to call into the game. Simply write or type the name of the desired object. The player can write “bug spray” for a can of bug spray to defeat a killer bee. The player could also summon a camp fire, throw the bug spray into the fire and watch it pop. Silly things like this make the game fun and interesting.
A player can:
– Call forth the sun to turn a dangerous vampire to toast.
– Create a lightning bolt to zap life into Frankenstein’s Monster.
– Write alarm clock to wake a little boy for school.
– Give Maxwell wings to fly up a tree and save a stranded kitten.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to objects – almost. Animals, weapons, weather, people (real and fictional), vehicles, monsters, household objects and more are allowed. So, what’s excluded? Trademarked terms and profane words aren’t allowed. There’s no way a player can summon anything vulgar or profane into the game. They can try but it won’t work. Trademarked items like Pepsi or Doritos are also prohibited. However, a player could summon a soda or chips.
Scribblenauts offers 220 levels of challenges – and they all have multiple solutions. A child can spend hours thinking of all the various creative ways to solve just one of the challenges. Levels get more difficult as the game progresses.
Players can create new challenges or edit existing ones with the levels editor. You child can create all kinds of creative puzzles using the editor. They can even share their creations over the Nintendo Wi-Fi system. However, they must first win the level during normal game play before they can edit it.
Scribblenauts is one of the best Nintendo DSi games around. Your child will love it and you will too.