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  • Summary: The game is designed primarily to be played with friends: up to four players can partake in "more than" 25 mini-games, which are served up in different forms depending on which mode you select. Showdown is a competitive mode in which finding the best word the quickest is the key, whileThe game is designed primarily to be played with friends: up to four players can partake in "more than" 25 mini-games, which are served up in different forms depending on which mode you select. Showdown is a competitive mode in which finding the best word the quickest is the key, while Versus supplies various mini-games for you and one other friend to battle in, one-vs-one. Sandbox is a more traditional Scribblenauts mode that will be familiar to fans of the series. Here you can summon a variety of objects--publisher Warner Bros. says over 35,000 items are available in-game--to solve objectives either by yourself or with a friend. Eight new levels are included, as are hidden collectibles and achievements. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    May 9, 2018
    80
    Clever and charming. [May 2018, p.89]
  2. Mar 6, 2018
    76
    As a huge fan of Scribblenauts, I'm happy to be able to enjoy more word-based mayhem even though the party formula becomes repetitive quite fast due to a limited variety of mini-games. You'll at least get a few hours of fun out of Scribblenauts Showdown but long-time fans such as myself will crave more classic sandbox fun after they experience all it has to offer.
  3. Apr 13, 2018
    70
    It might get repetitive and sometimes the controls do not work as they should, but overall this iteration of Scribblenauts can offer many hours of great family entertainment with lots of clever mini-games and a decent sandbox mode.
  4. Mar 16, 2018
    63
    One of the most creative game series is back, but perhaps it's not what fans expected. Although it has some fun and interesting elements, there's not much to do after a few hours with the game. The party style mini games are repetitive and some times the creation tool feels like a waste. Give it a try if you're looking for a different game for your parties.
  5. Mar 12, 2018
    60
    Scribblenauts Showdown mixes the classic formula with a new party game options, but none of them are top notch in any way. A good idea that have been downgraded by its limited content.
  6. Mar 9, 2018
    60
    ​Scribblenauts: Showdown fails to celebrate the franchise, and it turns out to be only a pretext to propose a series of simple and repetitive mini-games​.
  7. Mar 19, 2018
    45
    With a database consisting of 35.000 words, Scribblenauts Showdown has the potential of being a creative party game. However, the studio just made a mediocre mini-game compilation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Apr 5, 2018
    10
    I truly TRULY do not get the hate of this game. I am in my 40's. Played with two boys, 10 and 12. And we all had an amazing time playingI truly TRULY do not get the hate of this game. I am in my 40's. Played with two boys, 10 and 12. And we all had an amazing time playing the board game version of this for an hour. When it was over, the boys said, LETS PLAY IT AGAIN! The game is deep. Also has original sandbox mode with new levels.

    When they were about to leave, I surprise them by giving them the game as a gift. They were SO excited (and, I will simply buy another one for myself)

    I am simply TROUBLED at the hate and negativity for this game. Sure, a couple of the mini-games are not top notch. But there are many great ones within. At $40, solid deal. At $20 sale in most places, you have got to be kidding me. Steal it at that price.

    If you like Scribblenauts or are new to the Scribblenauts world, just buy it now.
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  2. Mar 10, 2018
    7
    ScribbleNauts Showdown
    A decent Party Game
    Scribblenauts showdown is a Mario party like party board game than can be played with up to 4
    ScribbleNauts Showdown
    A decent Party Game
    Scribblenauts showdown is a Mario party like party board game than can be played with up to 4 players.
    This game contains a creative mode where you can create your own character with points you earn while playing the game, and 3 different games modes, all of which you’ll have to play with if you want to unlock all of this games characters, there’s a versus mode, which is a best of mode where you play just the mini games, a sandbox mode which is more like the regular scribblenaut games where you run around and creating items in the world for characters different needs, and my favorite mode Showdown mode..
    You can play a short version, medium, or long.
    Showdown mode is a board game, instead of dice though you play with cards, each character has different cards they can play and then they have to strategically choose when to use each...
    Some cards are instant which allow you to move or punish other players without having to win a mini game..
    But every other card in this game comes down to winning a mini game...
    This stops the game from ever feeling like it comes down to who gets the most luck.. You have to rely on skill to come out on top most of the time...
    And the tricky thing is that no matter who plays the card, the winner or loser gets the reward or benefit...
    So playing a powerful move 5 spaces card could hurt you in the long run if you aren’t confident in your skill of a certain mini game..
    Most of these mini games are pretty fun, you’ll be doing games like a best of 3, which are less skilled base but still fun, but a lot of head to head games where you’ll be racing a rover, trying to eat faster than your opponent, balance items on your carpet better for example..
    But where it gets interesting is the scribblenauts twist... you have to spell the item youll be balancing or eating for example...
    And sometimes a card requires a word swam so youll be choosing the item for your opponent rather than yourself..
    This makes games such as the balancing carpet much more fun and strategic... where the serving game or the hurdle game, I feel like there was a missed opportunity here..
    I would have much more fun trying to think of the fastest animal to race on or give my opponent the smallest animal, or come up with a large item for my customers to eat so I had more time to collect plates…
    The care put into these mini games are really half baked..
    It’s done great in the eating challenge and the balancing challenge...|
    In these games the item actually matters…
    As does the flappy bird mini game and to tower mini game...
    But some it just doesn’t matter what you spell which is a shame...
    it stops this game from being as special as it really could be..
    I still managed to have a lot of fun with this game though.
    I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for playing solo however...
    The sandbox mode is pretty boring... the fun is in yelling with exciting and strategizing with friends and family in the showdown... and playing against the computer just doesn’t recreate that feeling...
    I give Scriblenauts Showdown
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