Scribblenauts Mega Pack

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Entertaining puzzlers bring loads of fun with bonus content.

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Positive Messages

Encourages players to use their imagination by entering words for objects to appear, which can be used to solve puzzles. You can type the name of a weapon, like a gun or bomb, and use that, too, but the positives outweigh the occasional mild cartoon violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

In both games, you play the young, imaginative Maxwell, who must find ways to solve puzzles in increasingly challenging levels. You'll type in a noun and perhaps an adjective, and the object will appear, which you can use -- and there are multiple solutions per puzzle. Maxwell is kind, good-hearted, but has to step up against comic book villains in one game.

Ease of Play

Games are easy to control: Move Maxwell around the 2D levels, open up the menu to type in a word, and then use the object in the environment. Lots of helpful tips and tutorials, and a new, easy-to-use "sunflower-style" text-entry system.

Violence

Some animated violence -- if you choose to go that route -- in order to defeat enemies and make it to the next level. No blood or gore, even if you use a gun on someone.

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Language

Vomit, fart, other bodily fluid jokes are present.

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What parents need to know

Families need to know that Scribblenauts Mega Pack is a puzzle game available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This pair of video games challenges players to use their imagination, as they type the name of an object and watch as it appears on-screen; it can then be used to solve puzzles. It's possible in both games to enter the name of a weapon, such as a pistol, and use it on a character. The 2D graphics are cartoon-like and not realistic, plus there's no blood. The games also have "comic mischief," as you can vomit or release gas. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.

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What's it about?

Combining two celebrated puzzle games into one download or disc, SCRIBBLENAUTS MEGA PACK bundles together Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure into one massive adventure. New content has been added, too -- including new levels and locations, hundreds of new characters and objects, support for online sharing of user-created objects, an updated two-player mode, and a refined text-entry system. The premise of these games is simple: You play as a young boy, Maxwell, who has a magical notebook that allows him to spawn any object the gamer writes. His twin sister, Lily, possesses a globe that allows her to travel wherever she wishes to complete missions. So if you type in "tall ladder," it will appear in the game -- in case you're trying to, say, remove an apple from a tree, for example. Or you can type "hatchet" and chop it down. Or burn it down. Or shoot it down. You get the idea. In Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, you'll visit iconic locales, such as Metropolis, Atlantis, Gotham City, and many others. Your goal is to stop the villain's evil plots once and for all. The game houses thousands of DC Comics characters and objects -- all drawn in the charming Scribblenauts art style -- to solve puzzles, confront enemies, and unlock new areas to explore.

Is it any good?

Unless you already own these two games and don't care for the bonus content, this is a charming and challenging collection worth investing in. The real fun in the Scribblenauts Mega Pack is studying what your objective is and coming up with creatively clever ways to tackle them. Even if you think your adjective and noun won't be recognized, chances are they will be, resulting in a gratifying solution (or part of a solution). Trial and error is really the name of the game, but now these games have even more content -- including new two-player abilities with Scribblenauts Unlimited, for those who want to pick up a second controller and help out.

It's debatable that Scribblenauts Unlimited is better than Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, especially when it comes to the objectives and locations, but no doubt fans of comic books will absolutely love the vast number of heroes and villains from the DC Comics family. And so much more has been added in this remixed version, including new areas, characters, and objects. From the gameplay and interface to the graphics and sound, there isn't much to complain about with this smart two-pack bundle, which encourages imagination and creative solutions to puzzles. If you like puzzles of any kind, you owe it to yourself to check out the Scribblenauts Mega Pack for clever, brainteasing fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the impact of the violence in Scribblenauts Mega Pack affected by the cartoonish visuals in each game? Would the violence be intensified if the visuals were more realistic?

  • What sorts of things could you imagine that Scribblenauts Mega Pack couldn't create? What sorts of things can you imagine that people say are impossible but could really help others? 

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