Look, up in the sky
Scribblenauts "Write Anything, Solve Everything" puzzle gameplay has only grown since it came to the DS in 2009. Each new entry in the series has deepened the massive vocabulary of items that protagonist Maxwell conjures with his Magic Notepad, but will expand the collection of words in a unique way. Scribblenauts Unmasked is the franchises first licensed game, and Maxwell will explore the DC Comics universe, meaning he can summon heroes like Superman and Batman with just one word.
Scribblenauts Unmasked boasts the inclusion of more than 2,000 terms from the comics. The trailer revealed such deep cuts as Mogo, the Living Planet and Anti-Monitor, but we want to really test the game. We rounded up 15 obscure, DC-centric words we cant wait to try the next time we demo the game. We hope to play the game soon because were dying to see if Scribblenauts contains
Perhaps its an oxymoron, but Ambush Bug is probably the most well-known obscurity in DC history. The green-suited goofball was born Irwin Schwab, and for years his powers seemed to be limited to annoying people and bouncing off walls. After some sporadic appearances, he eventually gained the cosmic awareness to realize he was inside a comic book. Ambush Bug has been making fourth-wall-breaking comments ever since. Currently hes seen jumping between realities to tell fans about changes to the DC status quo.
How will he work? Ambush Bug should be easy to conjure at a moments notice, ready to make insider comments about the game. Wed like to see AB mock whatever system youre playing on, your progress in the game, or any continuity errors. Perhaps hell even insult Superman for his crappy N64 game.
A Mother Box might sound a little strange, but think of it as an iPhone from the far flung future. This little device can create force fields, release mood balancing chemicals, unlock doors, heal the nearly dead, and so much more. But this device from the Fourth World is most famous for its ability to create a Boom Tube, which is a very advanced form of teleportation, and one of very few ways people from Earth can travel to the warring planets of Apokolips and New Genesis.
How will it work? This could be the new Swiss Army Knife of Scribblenauts thanks to its many uses. On the other hand, that extreme amount of versatility might be more than the engine can handle. If that means all it can do in Scribblenauts is create a Boom Tube, well be satisfied.
Some comic historians are too nice to say it, but Superman comics were really stupid up until about 1970. The Superman books were filled with goofy adventures and silly settings, many of which were instigated by Red Kryptonite. Unlike the deadly Green Kryptonite, the red version was all about unpredictability. Sometimes it turned Supes into an insect man, others it sent him on the equivalent of an acid trip. The effects of Red Kryptonite were only limited to how outlandish the writer wanted the story to be.
How will it work? We dont expect developer 5th Cell to be able to create an item so complex that it affects Kryptonians in different ways every time you pull it from your notepad. All we want is that it can turn Superman into some kind of lobster creature. Is that too much to ask?
Shark Repellent Bat-spray
Super-serious Bat games like Arkham City wisely steer clear of the campy Adam West TV series of the 1960s, but Scribblenauts is silly enough to handle a little Zap Pow Wham! At the very least Unmasked could include the most helpfully specific item Bats ever put in his Utility Belt: Shark Repellent Bat-spray. Its the only way to get a shark to stop gnawing on your femur.
How will it work? If there isnt a puzzle that involves saving Batman from a shark in this game, then the developers are sleeping on the job. Just saying.
Chemo dares to ask the question, What if a cloud of deadly chemicals gained sentience inside a clear plastic body? The answer is you have a giant green guy who smashes up entire cities. And even if you manage to break his tough exterior, youve now caused a chemical outbreak that outdoes any terrorists wildest dream. If you plan to stop this creature, you better be ready for immediate clean-up.
How will it work? Itd be cool enough to see a giant green monster smashing things, but a T-Rex would have the same effect. To make this really special, wed drop him from the sky and use him as a chemical bomb to kill everything on-screen, similar to his use in the Infinite Crisis comics. Dont worry, everybody can be resurrected by the push of a button... probably.
As much as we love cats, well happily admit they have the capacity to be rage-filled murder machines like Dex-Starr. Dex was your average tabby until his owner was killed, which left the kitty thrown out on the street. While he was hiding in alleys, the Red Lantern Corps recognized his venomous, primal rage and granted him a Red Lantern ring, which he uses to great effect. In fact, its said that Dex-Starr is the most cruel and vicious of all the Red Lanterns.
How will he work? Who wouldnt want to summon a killer, super-powered kitty cat? Dex-Starrs first duty will be to battle Krypto, Supermans Kryptonian dog. Once Kryptos carcass is at our feet, well summon the biggest scratching post we can find.
Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic heroes of all time, but shes never had the strongest supporting cast. Take Etta Candy, her early sidekick. Ettas claim to fame was a can-do attitude and a love of sweets, though eventually writers relegated her to a bunch of lazily written fat jokes. Candy still pops every now and then, but her more recent incarnations have enough self-respect to not talk about chocolate for an entire adventure.
How will she work? Once we get over our surprise at her actual inclusion in the game, well summon Wonder Woman and WWs archenemy, Cheetah. As those two throw down, well drop Etta into the mix and see how much she can actually help Wonder Woman in a scrap. Hopefully Candy can score a few hits of her own.
Most fans know the Medusa Mask as the weapon of Psycho Pirate, a low rent baddie that somehow was the only human to survive Crisis on Infinite Earths with his memory intact. When used correctly, the Medusa Mask gives the wearer a type of mind control, though its more like the mask suggests an emotional state that the victim will wholeheartedly assume. Its one of the most coveted items in the DC universe, so it should be high on the list of super accessories in Scribblenauts Unmasked.
How will it work? More than a few puzzles in Scribblenauts titles task you with making someone feel happy. Instead of achieving that by giving them something or completing a task, well simply don the Medusa Mask and convince the person theyre happy. Hows that for lateral thinking?
Weve already seen Darkseid in the game, so if the ancient, evil New God is in the game, what about the formula hes desired for eons ? Darkseid has long sought the Anti-Life Equation because it will give him the ability to conquer every planet in the universe, dominating the free will of anyone that sees it. In the few stories where he successfully found the mathematical formula for fascism, Darkseid conquered Earth to the point where the Justice Leagues only fix was to completely reset the timeline. Earth was simply too far gone.
How will it work? Step one: Summon Darkseid. Step two: Hand him Anti-Life Equation. Step three: Die for Darksied!
Superman is referred to as the Last Son of Krypton, but there are actually hundreds of his seemingly lost race around, theyre just living inside a bottle. The entire city of Kandor was shrunk down and stolen a few years before the destruction of Krypton, and while Superman was eventually able to rescue Kandor, hes never able to restore the town to normal size. At best, Kal-El occasionally shrinks himself to visit them every now and again, but the people of Kandor are getting fed up with being an inch tall.
How will it work? Since we know Superman's Fortress of Solitude will be in the game, Supes hideout would be incomplete without the Bottle City of Kandor. But after we spend a few moments admiring it, we hope that we can conjure a shrink ray to help Superman police the tiny town Nightwing and Flamebird-style.
Inukchuk! Thats the magic word that makes Apache Chief grow almost 60 feet tall (though it sadly didnt work for us just now). Apache Chief was introduced on the Super Friends cartoon in the 1970s as part of an effort to make the all-white team of heroes more diverse--though the good intentions resulted in some very broadly drawn stereotypes. His growth powers and magic word are fairly cool, while his Native American accent is a bit over the top. All that makes him a fittingly goofy Scribblenauts inclusion.
How will he work? Honestly, we hope all the weirdos from Super Friends show up, but we want the Chief in particular because of his magic powder. We hope that if we conjure him, hell share some of said powder with Maxwell, making the kid tower over the entire stage. Itll at least make it easy to solve puzzles that are normally out of reach.
Death is nothing to Ras al Ghul. No matter how many times Batman defeats him, he has a nasty habit of surviving thanks to his vast supply of Lazarus Pits. These green cesspools are naturally occurring, and Ras has them secreted away all around the world. A quick dip in a Lazarus Pit will restore someone from almost any wound, though the brief side effects include super strength and murderous rage. No word yet if long term use makes everyone a megalomaniacal super villain.
How will it work? Scribblenauts has a nasty habit of throwing zombies at you, and were a little tired of setting them on fire. Drop a Lazarus Pit in front of them and youll change them back into regular folks... well, after their rage subsides.
The day you always feared has come: youve died. And here comes the Grim Reaper to claim you, as you can tell by his trademark... skis? Yes, in the DC universe death sometimes takes the form of the Black Racer. Hes often seen escorting New Gods and other metahumans to the afterlife, which he usually instigates via his death touch. Now that you know that hes waiting on the other side, try not to snicker.
How will he work? Having such a deadly force ski in on the air would be useful enough, but wed really like to borrow those cosmic skis. Would they give us the power to grant deaths sweet embrace, or would we just have an edge in the 2014 Winter Olympics?
Phantom Zone Projector
Sometimes Superman fights enemies that are so powerful no prison could ever hold them, but since Supes isnt a fan of the death penalty, what else can he do after he beats them? Thats when he puts his enemies in the Phantom Zone, a Sci-Fi purgatory that houses Kryptons worst criminals in a weightless vacuum. Aside from the occasional Zod outbreak, the Phantom Zone is pretty secure, and youll need a Projector to send anyone there.
How will it work? Is your current challenge to stop Doomsday from destroying Metropolis? Just pull out said Projector and youll be done with the murder machine without breaking a sweat.
Think Black Adam is Shazams greatest enemy? Hardly. Black Adam may have killer instinct and impressive strength, but he cant match the ruthlessness and brilliant plans of Mr. Mind, the leader of the Monster Society of Evil. A tiny space worm, Mr. Mind has such powerful psychic abilities that whole teams of heroes have fallen to his might. And dont count out his resilience--when he finally was caught, he got sent to the electric chair, and even that couldnt stop him.
How will he work? There are many ways to control minds in Scribblenauts, but wed probably only use a malevolent green worm if given the choice. Mr. Minds combination of serious threat and weird design are why we love comics, and hed fit well in the Scribblenauts world.
Meanwhile, at The Hall of Justice...
Thats all the items we could think of currently, but if any fanboys and fangirls out there have more suggestions, wed love to see your picks from DCs vault. And this feature doesnt end here. We promise that well test all these entries in Scribblenauts Unmasked the first chance we get, and well bring you the results. We swear on our copy of Action Comics #1.