Scribblenauts Unmasked - A DC Comics Adventure
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Scribblenauts Unmasked is an inventive puzzle game for tweens and teens wherein kids use their imaginations to write in objects they could use to solve environmental puzzles. There is some mild cartoon violence; a user can type in "gun" and use it to shoot a bad guy. However, most of the puzzles don't require violence to solve, and players also can type in words such as "flatulent" and "vomit" to hear or see them in the game. This game is tied to the popular DC Comics universe.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- letter or word recognition
- reading comprehension
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- applying information
- making new creations
- developing novel solutions
- work to achieve goals
- achieving goals
- digital creation
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids use their imaginations to solve puzzles. Players type in the names of objects (including adjectives, if desired), and they appear in the world. Through experimentation, gamers will figure out how to solve levels.
Kids must read the scenario for each level and then type in words for objects to appear. In addition to being empowering and adaptive, the game has inherent learning potential and keeps kids engrossed and challenged.
A tutorial explains how to play. If kids need hints, they simply click to reveal some. If a created object doesn't work, they can toss it in a trash can and start again.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Yes, this game is excellent for kids (young and old), as it encourages them to use their imaginations to solve puzzles and type in the names of objects, which magically appear in the game. There's more than one way to solve a puzzle, so kids can chat about what worked for them. In the Wii U version, a second player can use a Wii Remote to take control over characters. This game contains randomly created puzzles called Heroic Feats, which adds to the game's replayability. Also, as if access to more than 2,000 DC Comics characters and items wasn't exciting enough, the ability to create characters or modify existing superheroes and villains means additional fun. There's about 10 hours of play here.
Overall, though, when compared to previous Scribblenauts games, this title is arguably the weakest one. Why? Scribblenauts Unmasked is a great idea -- fusing imaginative gameplay with 80 years' worth of comic-book lore -- it doesn't really do much to push the series forward. The puzzles and scenarios don't seem as creative as the game and apps that came before. Scribblenauts Unmasked is an excellent idea, but the execution is less stellar. Still, it's worth exploring, especially for DC Comics fans, because it lets players use their imaginations to take control of the action.
Families can talk about...
By combining the imaginative game series of Scribblenauts with the popular DC Comics universe, kids can create and use objects starring their favorite comic book characters. But is this a shameless marketing ploy? Is it the same game re-skinned with DC Comics heroes and villains? Why do you think Warner Bros. did this?
What do you like about playing puzzle games?
|Platforms:||Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Windows|
|Price:||$39.99 to $59.99|
|Available online?||Available online|
|Developer:||Warner Bros. Games|
|Release date:||September 24, 2013|
|Topics:||Cars and trucks, Dinosaurs, Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Superheroes, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Bugs, Cats, dogs, and mice, Great boy role models, Great girl role models, Horses and farm animals, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Ocean creatures, Pirates, Puppets, Robots, Science and nature, Space and aliens, Wild animals|
|ESRB rating:||E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief |