Since its reveal at E3 2012, Scribblenauts Unlimited has shown signs of becoming a great launch title for the Wii U and a must have for the 3DS. The series has come a long way from its DS beginnings in 2009. If you have never picked up the game before, here’s a basic rundown: collect Starites using any word in the dictionary. Fans have enjoyed the series because they are given complete freedom of creativity to complete the game. Basically, you make up all the items and your own strategy to grab the Starites.
But, what exactly are Starites? That’s something we’ll learn more about in the upcoming game. In Scribblenauts Unlimited, Maxwell’s past is detailed which includes his parents and twin sister named Lily — this alone makes it worth trying out. It’s interesting to see how a character like Maxwell became such a main character. We find out about his mission to collect Starites and how his notebook brings words to life. This game is focused more on action and story than just solving puzzles. Maxwell is allowed to travel through an open world to visit themed areas like those in previous games, as well as complete tasks for NPCs found throughout each location. Everywhere you go becomes your playground.
Once again, you solve each level by coming up with anything your imagination can conjure. If you need to reach a Starite by using a helicopter, go for it. If, for whatever reason, you need a green dog with a jetpack attached, that option is also available. Your whacky creations can now be saved into Maxwell’s magical backpack so you may reuse them whenever you want. Don’t worry there’s plenty of room; up to 900 words can be stored. With this new option comes a feature available to the Wii U. Items and words that have been saved can be shared with others through multiplayer mode, where anybody can join in by using a Wiimote and control any item on the screen. Those who grab the 3DS version will also have something to do, with Street Pass letting them view other player’s creations and their solutions to some puzzles.
Scribblenauts Unlimited is gaining so much steam that it will…actually be on Steam. A Windows version of the game will custom items to be shared with other players through Steam. The franchise has been so popular that Mario, Link and some of their pals have made appearances. If they made it to the game, who knows what else there is. Scribblenauts Unlimited will be released on Wii U November 18th, so relax on the couch with your purple, three-legged Triceratops on your lap and top hat wearing polar bear in the seat next to you and enjoy some scribbling.