Scribblenauts Remix

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Vocabulary-building word puzzle game shines on iOS.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn logical thinking, exercise their creativity, and boost their spelling skills as they brainstorm innovative solutions in this puzzle game app. They'll put their imaginations to work as they type in their proposed solution, and use the object they've requested to solve the puzzle. If the object doesn't do the job, they can keep trying until they find one that does. Kids are validated for choices that could work even if they aren't the best possible answers. Scribblenauts Remix is a welcome departure from the true/false, right/wrong framework that can make kids feel boxed in and limited.

Ease of Play

A fairly extensive tutorial explains the game more than adequately, but some puzzles are particularly hard to figure out. Players can get up to three clues per puzzle to help them move along. 

Violence

There's a bit of mild cartoon violence, as Max can summon guns, knives, and other weapons and sometimes has to fight other creatures. There's no blood or signs of suffering, though. Defeated enemies (or vanquished allies) disappear with a pop. The game, however, rewards players for finding non-violent solutions to the puzzles. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The game is an extension of the Nintendo DS hit.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scribblenauts Remix is the first iOS installment in this popular puzzle series that encourages and rewards players for using their imagination. Faced with puzzles, players must write in the objects they wish to use, giving lots of leeway as to where things can go. (The game has a vocabulary of thousands of words.) The game is largely a "Best of" collection of content from the first two games in the series, so fans who have both might be a bit disappointed. Because of the game's open nature, players can opt for a peaceful or violent solution. And the sometimes difficult nature of the puzzles makes this app less than optimal for younger players. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

Parent of a 5, 14, and 17 year old Written byBaldwin April 12, 2012

A different kind of videogame

This game is great because the goal is so different from other video games. You aren't following a pre-designed path or figuring out the "right"... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written bytintinruaza July 22, 2015

So. Very. Addicting.

My 12-year-old kid loves this game. It's really fun and great for learning. The purpose of this game is to teach kids how to use things. For example, if yo... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 22, 2012

Great!

This app is great! It's pretty good, considering it's only $4.99 . Just watch out, make sure you're child is typing somethings kid-friendly. For... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 4, 2012

This game is awesome

This is one of the best fun word games you could find on the App Store in my opinion. There is some violence though. You can type in a Bazooka, and it will give... Continue reading

What's it about?

The app presents a variety of colorful, brainteasing puzzles. Kids type in words to conjure up objects, then use those objects to solve the puzzle. For example, in one puzzle, players need to get a star off a tree. They can summon an ax and chop the tree down, or create a ladder to climb it, or type in "jetpack" to fly to retrieve it. Even if they don't arrive at the "best" answer, if their chosen object works, they can solve the puzzle and move to the next.

Is it any good?

The Scribblenauts series is one of the most unique to come along in years, so it's delightful to see it make its debut on iDevices. SCRIBBLENAUTS REMIX is a best-of game, combining the highlights of the first two Nintendo DS titles (along with 10 new puzzles) and offering a wonderful mix as a result. Veteran players know the drill, but newcomers to the game will be astonished at the wide variety of ways they can solve puzzles. (It is, in fact, just as fun to play with the game's dictionary to come up with ideas as it is to solve the puzzle.)

Some of the puzzles are tough, but an integrated clue system will help people along. The real joy in the game, though, comes from seeing how creative you can be in your answers. Climbing a ladder up a tree to get a star is easy and obvious, but it's so much more fun to ride a friendly dragon to the top to retrieve it. If you're not playing this, you're doing yourself a disservice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids think about categories of objects. For example, if they need a container, you could say, "A bucket is a container. What are other types of containers?"

  • For kids who are stumped, ask questions about object properties: "Do you need something that's flat? Long?"

  • Make a dictionary available to kids for spelling help.

App details

For kids who love puzzles and building vocabulary

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