Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure

7.5 Overall Score
Presentation: 8/10
Story: 8/10
Gameplay: 7/10

Replayability | Fun |Tons of DC Characters

Some Puzzles Aren't Clear | Can be Difficult to Choose Person or Object

Written by on October 1, 2013 in [, , , , ]

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… a rooster-headed boy with a notebook? That’s right, Maxwell and his magical notebook are at it again in Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure. What do you get when you add two squabbling, competitive siblings plus a magical notebook that can create anything in your imagination and a magical globe that can take you anywhere you want? Disaster and chaos in the DC Universe, apparently. After fighting over which DC character was a better super hero, Maxwell and his twin sister, Lily, decide to use their notebook and globe to have a first hand look at their heroes and see up close who the cooler hero is. Only something went wrong in the process, causing the infamous starites to be scattered throughout the DC Universe.

Scribblenauts UADCA Harley Quinn and Doppleganger

You begin the adventure in Gotham City, where you meet  Batman, watch Lily fangirl all over the place, and learn that things are not right in Gotham City, or in any other part of the universe. Batman recruits Maxwell and Lily to help bring things back to order and collect the starites before they fall into evil hands. And it becomes clear pretty quick that there are indeed evil villains looking to get their hands on those starites. It is up to Maxwell to travel to places like Metropolis, the Fortress of Solitude, Oa, Atlantis, and many other famous DC locations to right the wrongs, solve some puzzles and problems, and deliver justice to villains while preventing them from attaining the powerful starites.

Scribblenauts Unmasked plays like any other Scribblenauts game, except that everything in the game is DC themed. The puzzles range from simple tasks, such as serving a volleyball over a net or putting out a random fire, to DC themed ones where you might have to get Catwoman to steal from you. They were even some easter egg puzzles that would involve Scribblenauts versions of the game developers asking for a doughnut delivery or an object to create a game with. Occasionally you might think these puzzles are too easy, in that case Mr. Mxyzptlk has a solution to shake things up a bit. He will show up at random times and give you challenges that restrict your notebook abilities but will pay off with double the reputation points. The challenges could range from using only adjectives to complete a mission or only creating animals, and anything in between.  You will want, and need, these reputation points to progress further into the story, as well as use them to unlock extras, such as costumes for Maxwell and super powers that can be used in Hero Creator. You could even use the reputation points to unlock the Origin stories of some of our favorite heroes; while they are not difficult, they are interesting and a fun way to learn the origin story if you did not already know it.

Scribblenauts UADCA Mr Mxyzptlk

While the puzzles are fun, there was a problem that would often arise where there was a lack of clarity on what you were supposed to do. You earn more reputation by being creative and clever about solving a problem, but if nothing you create solves the problem, then you have wasted time, adjectives, and nouns and eventually give up on completing that task. Or end up creating a giant man-eating t-rex to gobble them up. It’s the same thing, right? If you are really stuck on a puzzle, you could always restart the level. Unmasked will continuously and randomly generate new puzzles every time you load up a level. So go ahead and give up on that confusing problem and get back to earning those reputation points, or be persistent and keep trying to find the correct solution. While trial and error on creating objects might seem like a good idea, with the new reputation scoring system, it can slow down your progress a bit. The reputation system is put in place so that you might be more creative in what you spawn. However, it will deduct 50% of your points earned for solving that puzzle if you use overpowered words  like “invincible” or if you use the same word twice in one level.

Luckily, if you are needing to spawn a DC character more than once in one level, such as Batman, you will not have to worry about being penalized in reputation points since there is so many version of Batman to choose from. If you are worried about not being DC character savvy, fear not! For you, good citizen, have the Batcomputer to aid you in your quest. 5th Cell was nice enough to added a miniature encyclopedia of all DC characters or objects that can be used in the game. The Batcomputer can be accessed at any time and will give you a snippet of background information on a character or object and provide links to other characters or objects that relate to it.

Be cautious on how many characters you create at once, it could be hazardous to Maxwell’s health. If there are too many characters moving, fighting and running around all over the place, there is a very high possibility of attacking your own team-mate. And trust me, that is never a good thing. Instead of fighting crime, they will set their sights on you and attack until you delete them or they defeat you. I have learned that it is best just to stay out of the way and let them fight their own battles so Maxwell doesn’t have to face both sides.

Scribblenauts UADCA Cluster of people

Something noticeable about the PC version is that it is a little more difficult to catch a moving object or drag and drop an item to Maxwell before he gets attacked and dies. Unmasked feels as though it was made for the Nintendo 3Ds and Wii U first and foremost. While I am sure that having a stylus on a 3Ds makes things significantly easier, a fun perk to having the PC or Wii U version over a 3Ds version would be the Hero Creator. Here you can create your own hero or villain from scratch or modify existing characters to be your very own. You can change more than just looks too, you can give them special powers and abilities and even change how they will act in any given situation. There is a lot of creative freedom allowing you to make the perfect hero or villain to use in-game. My first creation was Princess Catgirl, mainly because I wanted to see a less ferocious looking Catwoman. Doesn’t a tutu makes everything seem sweeter?

Scribblenauts UADCA Princess Catgirl

Even with a few flaws and the shortness of the game (roughly 8-10 hours), Scribblenauts Unmasked is still a great addition to the Scribblenauts franchise and will have you coming back again and again, while never playing the same level twice in the same way. If you enjoyed any of the other Scribblenauts games, then don’t hesitate to pick this one up. Especially if you are a DC Comic fan, that alone should have you rushing to the store to get your hands on this. Where else can you have a team of Batmans riding flying snakes while fighting a variety of Jokers with jetpacks?

A copy of Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure was provided to The Married Gamers for review. 


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Author: Samantha Olvera View all posts by
Tester at Aperture Labs, vacations in Rapture, and leaps from buildings into haystacks for fun. I love gaming almost as much as I love my two kiddos. I play for fun, but I aim to win.

4 Comments on "Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure"

  1. Rio_Zapdos October 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Looks awesome, can’t wait to play…. I wonder how many different Batman(Batmen?) I know of.

  2. Jason October 1, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to give this a try! So many games coming out, but I do need something to take with me to work. =)

  3. Gustavo Ramirez October 2, 2013 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I think I’m gonna give this a rent on my Wii U.

    • Samantha Olvera October 2, 2013 at 11:20 am - Reply

      You should. And then let me know how it plays. Wish I had a Wii U to try it on for comparison.

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