Parents' Guide to

Super Scribblenauts

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

The ultimate puzzle game for imagination and creativity.

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What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

Creativity Reigns

My 10 year old loves this. The more creative the better the game. My 8 year old is learning difference btwn adverb, adjective, nouns, verbs.
age 8+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (25 ):

The original Scribblenauts was one of the best game of, well, ever -- and Super Scribblenauts manages to top it. Taking the focus off the action levels (which were sometimes too difficult and, frankly, less interesting) in favor of more brainteaser scenarios was a brilliant move; one which makes the game far more fun and fresh-feeling. The puzzles are often incredibly inventive, including ones that ask you to fill in a visual equation (like nice man + white wings = angel). While there are still a few sets of action levels, even those tend to call for some puzzle-solving brainwork (i.e., you can't just create an M-16 and plow through the level). The ability to use adjective adds far more depth to the game. Now, if faced with a scenario where you need fire, you don't need to rely on a candle or torch -- you can create a "flaming sneaker," "burning kumquat," or "fiery unicycle." In the last game, whenever you needed to get to a high place, you had to resort to wings or a jetpack; now you can give yourself "flying pants." It's truly amazing. You can spend hours just messing around with different word combinations in the mission-free playground levels.

Online interaction: The game comes with a level designer which permits you to create your own puzzles to share with friends using Nintendo Wi-Fi.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Subjects: Language & Reading : spelling, using supporting evidence, vocabulary
  • Skills: Creativity : developing novel solutions, imagination, producing new content, Thinking & Reasoning : hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Games
  • Release date: October 12, 2010
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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