Apr 3, 2013

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5 Things Parents Should Know: Scribblenauts Unlimited

5 Things Parents Should Know: Scribblenauts Unlimited


Today Vivid Gamer is proud to continue the new recurring feature: 5 things parents should know. Here at Vivid Gamer, we want to try to help educate parents about various games. More than a review, this feature will help you learn about the game. Going beyond the ESRB ratings, we’ll let you know what might not be suitable for children or what might actually be acceptable, so you can make a more informed judgement about whether or not to allow your child to play the particular title.

Scribblenauts Unlimited is a 2D platformer that allows players to create objects just by writing out the words to describe it. Released back in November of last year, the third entry in the series is rated Everyone 10+ for cartoon violence and comic mischief. Retail price for Scribblenauts Unlimited is $39.99 for the 3DS, $59.99 for the Wii U, and $29.99 for the PC. Parents of kids who might not have played the previous entries will want to take a look at some facts about this title before purchasing it.

1. Difficulty


Overall, Scribblenauts Unlimited is only as difficult as your imagination and spelling will allow for. Parents of younger children will want to be nearby for when they’ll need someone to spell out a word or come up with a solution to the puzzles. While some puzzles will only need just a noun, some require the use of adjectives.

2. Comic Mischief


Due to the ability to combine just about any adjective with any noun, there is really no limit to what you can create. Because of this, it is very easy to come up with things such as a house that attacks Maxwell and other humans. As with the difficulty, this is limited to one’s imagination.

3. Cartoon Violence


Tying into the the comic mischief, the violence within the game is cartoonish. Luckily the game does prevent players from creating anything that could be deemed as extreme violence. Again, the imagination of the player plays an important role in just how violent the game gets. As long as your kid isn’t into creating things like dead babies (not that they do anything violent but the nature of the object is pretty violent, in my opinion) or you haven’t established the sort of things that are appropiate to create, you shouldn’t have to worry much.

4. Co-operative Multiplayer Mode Only In Wii U


Those with multiple kids who might want the kids to play together will want to pick up the Wii U version if they own the console. The Wii U version is the only one to offer a co-operative multiplayer mode that doesn’t require kids handing off the 3DS or switching seats at the computer desk. However, it should be noted that the other players will only be able to control the objects created by the main player. This could lead to some fussing if two or more want to see their own creations come to life.

5. Replay Value


The replayability can be both positive and negative. For one, it’s a great way to get kids to play a mission over and over in hopes of expanding on answers that can be used. Not to mention that there are a lot of missions you can complete. However, kids might get tired of the repetitiveness of the game.