Super Scribblenauts Updated Hands-On

We create our fair share of abominations of nature using this sequel's new adjective system.

Giant baby. That was the first phrase we typed into Super Scribblenauts, the sequel to the game that introduced the concept of typing in a noun and having it appear instantly onscreen for the game's cute little hero to interact with. New for this second game--among other things detailed in our first look from E3--is the ability to add adjectives, meaning any object you pop in there can be modified to your heart's content. Furry igloo? Check. Fire-breathing hippopotamus? Dangerous, but check. Winged flying hobo? Kind of weird, but yeah, you can make that. It just so happens that we made a six-foot-tall baby that we then rode around like a horse. While wearing a suit of armor. And trying to slay a dragon.

Yes, Scribblenauts is an inherently silly, ridiculous game just like its predecessor. But developer 5th Cell hasn't spent all its time in development just goofing off. The studio is aiming to improve on the original with what we're told is a roughly 50/50 mixture of fixes to things that were criticized in Scribblenauts and brand-new elements the studio just didn't have the time to add the first time around. The big change is the addition of D pad controls for the hero Maxwell (as well as less fidgety movement that made him susceptible to flinging himself from the game's two-dimensional ledges). Ideally, this will help you solve the game's 120 levels much more painlessly. Of these 120, roughly 100 of them are puzzle scenarios, while 20 are of the more action-platforming variety. You can expect a large number of puzzle scenarios to take advantage of the new adjective system by requiring an object that has been modified in a clever enough way to solve a given scenario.

At the end of the day, it's hard to not have a good time goofing around for a bit in Super Scribblenauts, spawning things like the aforementioned monstrosities. Whether or not the game will be able to improve upon its predecessor--a fun game that still fell shy of grandiose expectations--is going to depend a lot on how well those 120 levels will keep your attention. You can expect to find that out when the game arrives in stores on October 12.

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38 comments
ASADAS234
ASADAS234

ill write a FARTING TANK WITH A HOBO INSIDE

ASADAS234
ASADAS234

TO ALL GAMESPOT USERS: I LOVE SCRIBBLE NAUTS and i am a camping noob and i keep SPAWN KILLING and im proffisonal {{ lol oh yeah and i am an EPIC FAIL and im a PRO NOOB if u dont believe me play BFBC2 with me.... reply to me if u r pro

Kaine852
Kaine852

To All Gamespot Users: I LOVE YOUR IDEAS!!!

stebbinsd
stebbinsd

Arrgh! Only twenty levels will be action-platforming? That sucks!

xY4YOYOx
xY4YOYOx

iv never played the first one so is it as gud as this one?

Jacava
Jacava

Doomsday Coffee. Coffee good enough to die for...and take out everyone in a 12,000-mile radius.

flashn00b
flashn00b

Two words. Flaming... Walrus...

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

The first game was pretty interesting. Trying to solve puzzles the "right" way was okay, but trying to find wacky solutions made it a lot of fun. The only problem was that some of the solutions were too global and made some puzzles way too easy (i.e. black holes). It was also disappointing when a seemingly clever solution didn't work the way you wanted it to, but overall it was still a lot of fun.

revryk
revryk

Vicsious winged weasels

Daiki101
Daiki101

i havent played the first one though... still looks good though!!! :3

Akucapri
Akucapri

1st game was a complete let-down. This will be better, but by how much?

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

Green time-traveling mutant panda or Time-traveling cat. LOL (Man I hate that book)

dargvelk
dargvelk

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle will be my first word :D

Dragonitrogen
Dragonitrogen

im putting in "swearing turd dressed like elvis" first

nintendo1010
nintendo1010

OMG I HAVE THE FIRST ONE AND I AM SO GETTING THE SECONG ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!! guess what the first word i am going too type in is>>> GIANT FLYING FIRE-BREATHING DACHSUND ^_^ this is funny cause i have one

tonyantonio
tonyantonio

I AM GOING TO GET THIS ON THE FIRST DAY!!!!!!!!!

mydsgamer
mydsgamer

i just got the 1st one and ya it makes me mad but man is it FUN!!!!!

knighthero52
knighthero52

awsome was the first but this is going to be epic

knighthero52
knighthero52

awsome was the first but this is going to be epic

GhostShadow1
GhostShadow1

I'm really excited for this to come out.

sabresfan4
sabresfan4

I still spend hours making god vs cthulu vs devil vs troll brawls and this will be even better. I can now add nuns and school teachers into the brawl with the adding of "violent" to their name, and that will make this game even longer lasting than the last.

L10nH3ArT86
L10nH3ArT86

I thought the first title was fun for an hour or so yet it did get a little boring trying to find out how to mess with the create system to make the one item i could use on every level. I guess professor layton gets my vote on best game to use your noggin. But to each their own

rossguyy94
rossguyy94

Looks Great! However I don't see any graphical improvements upon the first, But that is okay :P Can't wait to use some adjectives and find the most ridiculous ways to solve the easiest puzzles :D I am thinking on the lines of a "Pyscho Sick Giant Winged Pink Smelly Slow Toaster From Space" I am sure in the days to come I will think of crazier combo's. :P Can't wait! I sure hope I can make a toaster from space tho :P That would be epic!

mariostar0001
mariostar0001

I'll take ten to one that this will score as high or better then Scribblenauts. Except, I don't gamble. :? Still, those are the odds I'd guess at.

Sepewrath
Sepewrath

Don't own a DS, but getting a 3DS. This will definitely be one of the DS games I pick up when I do.

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Scribblenauts should be consiered the most innovative game of this decade, then comes Super Scribblenauts... sorry folks Score 10 out of 10.

apolloooo
apolloooo

scriblenauts is a great game, i hope controls improved in this

RetroCity
RetroCity

Scribblenauts. That makes me smile. Now, Super Scribblenauts. That makes me smile like the Joker.

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

is it going to support level or scenario creation ? that way it's gonna be awesome !