Scribblenauts Unlimited

Excellent puzzle game that is great for kids


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  • Category Puzzle
  • Program license Free
  • Works under: Windows 8 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 7
  • Program available in English
  • Program by 5TH Cell

Scribblenauts Unlimited is the fourth of the popular Scribblenauts series, all of which have been published by Warner Bros. The game is a quest-adventure game, with the player guiding Maxwell to collect Starites. Enough Starites must be collected to banish an ancient curse. As Maxwell moves through the game, the player can invent objects to help him out by typing in a word or phrase. The game's database will suggest similar-sounding words in the event of a misspelling.

Unlike the other Scribblenauts games, Unlimited features a backstory: Maxwell's parents (former travellers with 42 children) give Maxwell and his sister Lily a magical notebook that will produce any object that they write in it. They (the parents) are worried that Maxwell and Lily will become spoiled by having such a gift, and they are not wrong: Maxwell sees a man who looks hungry and draws him a rotten apple to eat. The man is upset and puts a spell on Lily that turns her to stone. Maxwell carries Lily to their brother Edwin's farm, where Edwin explains that the curse can be undone when Maxwell has accumulated enough Starites. Maxwell sets off, planning to collect as many Starites as possible and, showing his remorse for his earlier actions, planning to help as many people as possible along the way.

As well as this more detailed backstory, Scribblenauts Unlimited features a wide world which is open to be explored, rather than the more limiting linear worlds of the previous games (Scribblenauts, Super Scribblenauts and Scribblenauts Remix). Objects can be created at any point by typing in the name of the object. For example, if a dog blocks your way you can invent a stick to throw to make it move away. It is also possible to put two objects together, such as taking wings and a squirrel and merging them to create a flying squirrel.

Scribblenauts Unlimited is also different from previous incarnations in that it features multiple themes and character challenges. These character challenges are like mini-games and winning them result in Maxwell being awarded Starite shards. Each shard is worth one-tenth of a Starite and winning multiple shards can help Maxwell in his quest to banish Lily's curse.

Scribblenauts is available on Nintendo DS, Nintendo WiiU and on PC through the Steam platform. The game has garnered mainly good reviews, with just one or two detractors claiming that the game is a little banal. This may be because it is aimed at younger audiences, thereby appearing unexciting to players more used to vigorous action in their gameplay.


  • A fun game sure to keep you entertained for hours as you play through the various levels, using your trusty notebook to keep yourself well supplied with everything you need


  • Aimed at a younger audience, older or more mature players may find the game a bit dull
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