Earlier this week marked the launch of 5th Cell’s superhero sequel Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure which I have been eagerly waiting for since it’s initial announcement back in May. The game follows Maxwell and his sister Lily as they explore the DC Comic universe in a brand new adventure.
If you’ve played Scribblenauts (especially Scribblenauts Unlimited) you’re going to be familiar with most of the gameplay and instructions. The game staples of collecting Starites and character creation is much the same as well but with some excellent comic book tweaks.
My first comic book nerd out moment happened in the opening sequence when Maxwell and Lily landed in Gotham City and Lily hurt her leg and needed assistance. The game asked me to get her a doctor and the first thought that landed in my head was “Thomas Wayne”.
Sure enough as soon as I typed his name into the magic notebook…*POOF* there stood Thomas Wayne (see the screenshot at the bottom of the screens above) and he promptly helped Lily get on her feet.
I was impressed by seeing him appear and then when I clicked on him I saw a Batcomputer prompt which I then clicked and was given a whole profile and background on him.
This is where I lost most of my time upon discovering this delight for comic fans. The Batcomputer database is a treasure trove of comic data on over 2000 various heroes, villains and events in the DC Comic Universe.
Every click drove me further into rediscovering old favorites, forgotten tales and characters and even discovering new characters and comics. This serves as a great primer for new people getting into the DC Universe as well as providing tons of geeky familiarity for existing fans.
Another new comic twist added in Unmasked is Mr. Mxyzptlk who issues challenges to Maxwell occasionally that put players into tricky situations where you are handicapped (i.e. You can use a certain type of weapon or you can only use adjectives to solve puzzles, etc) that really push your brain to solve.
I’m impressed with this initial amount of depth in the game and I’m looking forward to seeing what else is in store beyond these first two hours.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure is available now from local retailers and online for the Nintendo Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It’s also available for PC on Steam (You can also get the game at 25% off on Steam if you own Scribblenauts Unlimited until Sept. 29th).