Super Scribblenauts is a challenging, fun game that had my children hooked
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Initial thoughts: Apart from Animal Crossing, nothing’s really come close to being a favourite Nintendo DS game in our house. That is up until now. Since we have been given the Super Scribblenauts (for aged 12 plus) to review, my testers have been engrossed. You have to help the hero Max and you do that by using your imagination. There are 120 challenges (with hints, important for those who get easily frustrated) and 10,000 plus adjectives. These give personalities to ordinary objects, so you could conjure up a bright, purple cow which helps Maxwell move onto the next level and closer to his goal of getting the prize, the Starite. You can also devise your own levels.
We liked: Well, I would imagine what I like in a Nintendo DS game is slightly different to what my older children would enjoy. But that doesn’t matter, because this game seems to combine the best of both worlds, without losing anything from either. My children liked how challenging it was and seemed to love it. I liked that it encouraged them to be creative with words. It would appeal to either sex, I think, as both a keyboard or the handwriting mode can be used.
We weren’t keen on: If I’m honest, I’m not a fan of any game console but am realistic and appreciate that banning them makes them seem more appealing. Plus, they do have their uses (long journeys being one). So I wouldn’t necessarily pick playing on a Nintendo DS as an activity for them, but if I did, encouraging them to play this game would be top of my list. And the testers? Well, they found some of the game’s explanations a bit lacking, but that was it. High praise indeed.
Overall: This is a challenging, fun game that had my children hooked. It encourages them to use their imagination and, if more than one has the game, they can play it together making it more sociable too.
Debs [Carrots and Kids]