SB@E3: Scribblenauts impressions

June 4, 2009

5th Cell, developers of Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest, have been hard at work at Scribblenauts, an ambitious project seeking to encompass all things (literally).  We had a few minutes with the game at E3.

In Scribblenauts, players type in the name of an object, and it appears.  They can then use the item to retrieve “starites” from weird places.  The fun comes in thinking of various ways to accomplish the task.

In our demo, we summoned, from thin air, a variety of objects, including a jetpack, handcuffs, God, a spatula and even a starite (though that one apparently doesn’t count in letting you complete the level…that’s probably a good thing).

Moving things around the screen is slightly clunky, but forgivable, since there are lots of items to deal with.  Also forgivable: terms tend to get generalized.  (For example, “Orange Soda” yields just soda.)

Scribblenauts certainly isn’t for those looking for a challenge.  What it is, though, is a heck of a lot of fun.  Look for it later this year.