Seeing video game and comic book franchises team up these days is more commonplace than you might think, something “Marvel vs. Capcom” and “Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe” are key examples of. However, with its latest release, “Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure,” WB Games is doing things a bit differently, offering nearly the entire DC Universe at your disposal. During Comic-Con International in San Diego, CBR News got a hands-on look at the game.
In case you’re unfamiliar with it, “Scribblenauts” is a creative series in which you lead a hero, a kid named Maxwell, through various locations, helping out people with the assistance of a magical writing pad. He can create anything he writes in the pad, whether it’s a chainsaw or a camel or a bologna sandwich. The object of the game is to help people resolve their problems by providing the right item for the solution.
For this special DC Comics-licensed edition of the game, “Scribblenauts” works in a similar manner. You’ll still go around and help people out. But this time, however, you’ll do so with elements from the DC universe. That means characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others will show up — in “Scribblenauts” super-deformed fashion — to lend a hand.
Throughout “Unmasked,” you’ll visit locations throughout the DC Universe, whether it’s the Green Lantern’s home base on Oa or a quick stop by the Justice League hall. You’ll run into heroes and villains alike, summoning items and basically crafting Maxwell into a hero in his own right.
This time around, however, the world really is your oyster, as you can summon hundreds of different elements from the DC Universe by typing them up. During our time with the game, we let our imagination run wild, seeing who we could summon by typing commands into the Wii U TouchPad, which acted as a keyboard for the writing pad. The Wonder Twins? Their powers did indeed activate as they appeared in the game. Batman Beyond? He’s in there. We even pulled up the ultra-obscure Magpie from the Batman universe, and he popped right up. WB told us that thousands of characters and objects are available for summoning.
In addition, you can alter the heroes as you see fit. If you ever wanted to see a speedy Batman with the Flash’s body, you’ve got the opportunity to do so. Their superpowers come in handy throughout various encounters, whether it’s butting heads with the Penguin or simply saving citizens around the city. Maxwell turns into a superhero in his own right, crafting a mask and summoning weapons for assistance. Everything from a laser gun to a water cannon can be called upon, depending on what you’re in the mood for.
In-game battles can be unpredictable, depending on the character modifications and weapons you summon. However, that’s just what WB Games is hoping for: an experience that relies just as much on creativity and imagination as previous “Scribblenauts” games has. Series developer 5th Cell have done a tremendous job thus far with implementing DC’s universe into the game, so that anyone — old or young — can get into it with ease.
Though not as gritty as other comic book licensed games, “Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure” should be a big hit for casual and young players — and for a few hardcore comic fans as well.
“Scribblenauts Unmasked” will be released on September 24th for PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.