Okay, I'm just going to come right out and say it. I only bought this game for two reasons: FUN and ENGAGING. Fun and engaging is what I feel is lacking currently in certain corners of DC Comics. That's all I'll say on the primary reason why I bought this. I'm not going to go into my personal distastes for the current direction of DC Comics. That's it. That's all I'm gonna say on that. [Editor's Note: for more on this, read 90% of our other articles.]
I haven't ever followed the Scribblenauts franchise, but from what I gather, the plot for this entry is that Maxwell and his sister, Lily, are huge DC fans. To settle their argument over who is the greatest DC hero ever they travel to the DC Universe. Upon arriving, Lily's globe is shattered and it's up to Maxwell and DC's greatest heroes to save the day. Why Maxwell? Well, I think he's Grant Morrison's long-lost son who has the magickal ability to make anything he writes become a reality (hence the title of the game). You're to use your vast vocabulary and imagination to solve puzzles.
This game is about two things: being fun and engaging. The fun is just the over abundance of characters from the DCU, both from the New 52 and characters who haven't shown up yet, or probably will never again. Now, there are limits to these depths. You aren't gonna find more “adult” characters like Bueno Excellente (though Tommy Monaghan aka Hitman is in the game) or any characters strictly from the Vertigo universe (namely Watchmen, Sandman characters and Constantine). Another, batch of characters you won't find are the Milestone characters (Static, Hardware, Icon, and the rest are no shows in the game). Surprisingly, you will find other characters who'd you never thought would be in the game (the already mentioned Tommy, Jack Knight aka Starman III, and Jean Loring along with other characters DC have gone to EXTREMES to make sure never appear in their current New 52 line, aka Stephanie Brown). The fact there's so many characters you'd just never expect, you'll be charmed and have a big dumb goofy smile at seeing said character being in the game (I had this experience when I typed in Extant. Then, BAM, there he was in the database).
The other side is, well, you can do just about anything. You want to stage a superhero shindig? You can do that. An epic battle of battles between heroes and supervillains? You can do that too. You want to do something wildly insane? Yep, you can do that as well. There are a lot of possibilities here, and I know I've only scratched the surface of them. That's the fun this game can bring. The ideas that surround you just heighten the fun that is this game.
Truth be told it's because of this fact that I've barely even scratched the third level of the game. I find myself just doing something utterly random and it just takes off from there. The game is just so full of depth I know there's more to crack into. There's even a create-a-character option for the PC version, and already I've seen characters who aren't in the game now in the downloadable area for players to upload to their game.
That's not to say there are still issues with the game. The game's system of good/bad characters is a double-edged sword. For some reason, you cannot have the full Infinity Inc roster because Obsidian is listed as a supervillain. The same goes for Shadowpact with Enchanctress listed in the same category.
Oh, but there are ways around it.
How? I haven't a clue, but I was able to twice do it. First, in a battle involving the Cyborg Superman, who's a bad guy. He suddenly became a good guy, helping the heroes beat-up on Sinestro Corps and the Anti-Monitor. The other was during a slobber-knocker of heroes vs. Event Villains. Suddenly Superboy Prime took offense to Nekron and the two had a punching contest that the former won, but was frozen dead from the experience. Again, no idea, but it happened.
Scribblenauts: Unmasked is a fun, insane ride that I just want to keep going back to. It's a light-hearted venture for both new and old fans of DC to enjoy. The depth and details of the characters within the game are astounding. The team behind the game spared no expense and made me wonder just how the hell did they remember some of these characters? For those who's eyes are opened into this DC Universe and want to know more of these characters... well, um... keep playing this game! Yep, because the answers you may find will not please you. Just enjoy the game for the fun that it is. Then pray that this is so big a hit that DC considers making some lighter comics capitalize on that younger market.
Dangnabbit I'm ranting again! DAMN YOU DC!! It's all your fault! DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! DAMN YOU TO H'EL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 out of 5