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E3 2013: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comic Adventure

Posted on June 14, 2013 AT 01:45pm

Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer 5th Cell
Platform Wii U, 3DS, PC
Release Date Q4.2013
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The Rundown

Max and a friend start arguing about who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman. It’s a familiar argument to anyone who has ever spent time standing around the counter at a comic book store (the answer, by the way, is Superman unless Batman cheats and brings Kryptonite).

Somehow Max finds himself transported into the DC Universe where he must collect familiar Starites in order to open a path home. To do so he will travel through many varied locations from the comics, like Gotham City, Metropolis, Atlantis and more, and call upon the huge cast of DC Comics to help him solve puzzles and beat villains.

The Verdict

The first thing I did when getting my hands on Scribblenauts Unmasked was to search the character library for some very obscure residents of the Universe. Brother Power the Geek? Check. The Creeper? Check. Sugar and Spike? Yep, they’re in there too. Don’t know who all of those characters are? Well then you will be happy to know there are dozens of variants of all the biggest characters too. Superman from the first appearance to the Otherworld’s Red Son; Batman from classic Kane to Miller’s Dark Knight. It’s insane!

Yes, you can even conjure Golden Age and Silver Age Green Lanterns and proceed to beat them both with a #2 pencil (look it up if you don’t know what I’m talking about).

All of this is in addition to the already enormous dictionary of nouns and adjectives available from previous Scribblenauts games. Have a fire? Put a rain cloud over it or use Superman’s super-breath to blow it out, it’s your choice.

At first glance, putting the DC characters in Scribblenauts Unmasked might seem like an unnecessary addition to an already great franchise. But once you see what these characters can do, along with the fun of calling on them and testing their abilities, and you’ll be hooked.

Marc Camron, Senior Editor
Marc Camron is pleased to finally get a little bit of time to enjoy new games this holiday season, even if Batman: Arkham Knight isn't one of them. The rest of the time will be spent getting ready for CES in Vegas, starting on January 5th. At least it should be warmer there than in Colorado.

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