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Don't let Scribblenauts' simple graphics fool you - this is an ambitious videogame. It's a puzzler at heart, presenting you with simple challenges which you, as Maxwell, must pass to earn Starites, using items to reach your goal. Sounds pretty generic, no? Ah, but the unique selling point here is that you can use virtually anything your imagination comes up with to succeed.

Simply bring up the onscreen keyboard, type in your required item, and there it is, ready to use. There's even text recognition, though it's not as easy to use as the keyboard. You can type in virtually anything - and that's where the fun lies: 


 

But how does the game use all these items? Well, imagine you see a Starite sitting at the top of a tree. Type the word 'axe' into the on-screen keyboard, which Maxwell then uses to cut down the tree, bring the Starite with it. Or, you could type in 'Lumberjack' and a little lumberjack appears, picking up the axe and felling the tree for you.

 

But don't think you can get through the game using the simplest solution every time. Once you've used something in one level, you can't necessarily use it again. So for instance, to beat the above problem, you can type in 'Unicycle', 'Panda', 'Panda' again, 'Top Hat', 'Glue' and 'Plank'.

Sit one panda on the unicycle, the other panda on its shoulders, set the top hat on Maxwell, put glue on the top hat and stick the plank to it, then climb onto the top panda's shoulders. The unicycling panda approaches the tree and the plank knocks down the starite. Er... simple?

 

But how far does the item creation go? We're told there are thousands of words that can be put in, although some will produce the same results. For instance, 'hill' and 'small hill' both make a small hill. Nonetheless, it's very impressive. The game's visual style is a bit simplistic, but it's hard not to like. Especially when you type in 'Santa' and he starts throwing random toys at you, like Game Boys, Monopoly boards and... voodoo dolls. Yep, Santa's gone weird.

 

The game is set to be released this autumn. Until then, keep eating those imagination biscuits - you're going to need 'em.

10 July, 2009


Above: Play us out, Keyboard Cat

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53 comments

  • Glides - September 16, 2009 1:39 a.m.

    KEYBOARD CAT
  • allaboutrockband - August 20, 2009 12:07 a.m.

    GIVE ME THIS GAME!!!!! I like chicken.
  • AceDynamo - July 28, 2009 9:30 a.m.

    ll4mma...your an asshole! i hope when you die, someone thinks of you the same way. Being a heartless bastard! If only people could feel the same way they treat others,they would be nicer. Thats soo rude dude! MJ was cool man.
  • JizzyB - July 14, 2009 7:18 p.m.

    can't wait for this game
  • Cyberninja - July 14, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    i will buy this on day one
  • Awesomeforthemasses - July 14, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    I wonder if typing Tacgnol will spawn Longcat's nemisis.
  • Cybermaster - July 12, 2009 6:52 p.m.

    Elbo444: Works on all 3. The DSi doesn't actually have 2 Touchscreens, anyway.Only DSi-Exclusives are the downloads from the DS Shop.
  • ELpork - July 12, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    what happens if you put in mario?
  • SleepingDragon7 - July 12, 2009 4:18 a.m.

    It's already there jammyhippo. We all know that penis won't work, but something's gotta come up, doesn't it?
  • Silvermech - July 11, 2009 8:21 p.m.

    KITTY CANNON! That would be awesomw in the game.
  • Hobbs - July 11, 2009 2:52 p.m.

    Lol, "Leeroy Jenkins" actually worked. I'm gonna try the Teleporting Fat Guy when the game comes out.
  • fish94 - July 11, 2009 11:40 a.m.

    I doubt there will be mario kart- Nothing vulgar or copyrighted apparently.
  • oryandymackie - July 11, 2009 11:22 a.m.

    I would buy a DS purely for this game..
  • super0sonic - July 11, 2009 7:15 a.m.

    Soooooooooooooooooooooo cool
  • oreomonkey - July 11, 2009 5:27 a.m.

    RiCKR0LL? LEER0Y JENKiNS? ROFLC0PTER? This game looks EPiC!
  • solidsnake_5552000 - July 11, 2009 3:21 a.m.

    An standing ovations for developers who dare to try different things. though The concept of the game sound brilliant in theory, We'll have to see how it works when we get our hands on the game.
  • jammyhippo - July 10, 2009 10:40 p.m.

    i wonder how longs before things get rude?
  • Elbo444 - July 10, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    I better be able to play this on my DS Lite, idk if they'll make any games that are DSi exclusive b/c of the two touch screens but if they do this better not be one of them
  • CapnCrotchPunch - July 10, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Good god this looks amazing! first DS game ill buy since chrono trigger
  • ll4mma - July 10, 2009 9:13 p.m.

    I wonder if we type in Micheal Jackson, will a tombstone come up?

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