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Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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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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Scribblenauts Showdown Switch Gameplay: Multiplayer Minigames
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 20
  2. Negative: 8 out of 20
  1. Nintendo Force Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    75
    It doesn't quite feel like the boundary- pushing fount of innovation the series was originally known for. [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 70]
  2. Mar 12, 2018
    70
    The stripped-down sandbox may be a disappoint longtime fans, but it’s an extra feature that adds to a game that would still feel complete without it.
  3. Mar 20, 2018
    65
    A simple and funny killtime... for a match or two.
  4. Mar 14, 2018
    50
    Yes, it shares the name and the look of those previous games, but it lacks the all-important creative heart of its predecessors, and ends up being a by-the-numbers affair that goes through the motions in a shallow attempt to turn Scribblenauts' unique premise into a multiplayer party game.
  5. Apr 9, 2018
    45
    This is a collection of minigames with fun concepts, but the influence of objects is so small, it is not like you can really make a difference.
  6. 40
    When the minigames here lean into the object creation tools (lifted entirely from the old games) there's fun to be had. But not enough of them do. There are so many options available for shallow rhythm-based dance games or Flappy Bird clones that it's disappointing to see them shoe-horned into a franchise that's already sitting on one of the most unique and enjoyable gimmicks there is.
  7. Mar 12, 2018
    30
    Scribblenauts Showdown is an incredibly disappointing attempt to resurrect the Scribblenauts franchise. It’s neither a fun party game nor a fun Scribblenauts game and is hard to recommend to anyone unless you’re incredibly desperate for a party game on the Switch.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Mar 3, 2022
    10
    I don't get the hate, sure it's not a traditional scribblenauts game, but that was made very clear from the first trailer, it's a really funI don't get the hate, sure it's not a traditional scribblenauts game, but that was made very clear from the first trailer, it's a really fun party game to play with friends or family. Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2018
    10
    I truly TRULY do not get the hate of this game. I am in my 40's. Played with 2 boys, 10 and 12. And we all had an amazing time playing theI truly TRULY do not get the hate of this game. I am in my 40's. Played with 2 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 BAFFLED 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.
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  3. Feb 18, 2019
    10
    ḯ̶̡̧̭͔͈̰̼͈͒̓̃̕͜͝ț̵̛͍͉̪̳̐̀̒̇́͒̃̉ ̵̡̬̺̠̥̝̐͗ľ̴̨̫͐̿͋̽̽̅̔͌̕̕̕o̶̙͈͈̩̻̓͐̃́̑̎̃̆͌͝ö̵̼̼̠͖̠́̒͂̉̎̾̈́̀̚͘k̵̨̛͖̟͙̫͔̘̹̞̃̆́̅̀̽̌́̚͜͜͝ş̶̼̱̰͓̠̭̗͖͎͊̇̌͜ḯ̶̡̧̭͔͈̰̼͈͒̓̃̕͜͝ț̵̛͍͉̪̳̐̀̒̇́͒̃̉ ̵̡̬̺̠̥̝̐͗ľ̴̨̫͐̿͋̽̽̅̔͌̕̕̕o̶̙͈͈̩̻̓͐̃́̑̎̃̆͌͝ö̵̼̼̠͖̠́̒͂̉̎̾̈́̀̚͘k̵̨̛͖̟͙̫͔̘̹̞̃̆́̅̀̽̌́̚͜͜͝ş̶̼̱̰͓̠̭̗͖͎͊̇̌͜ ̷̧̛̛͍͕̞̩͚̳̭̞̙̝́͛́̔͗̉́̽̃̚͝g̸̹͇͇̲͇̗͍̺̭̭̫͔̙̰̣̈̑̔̐̅̐̂͘͝͝͠͠á̶͖͉̝̪͙̬̖͆͘y̷̟͍̘͇̟̒́͌̄͗͠ͅ Expand
  4. Mar 9, 2020
    6
    This game really falls flat in the end but if you have a friend or two and want to pass some time, this game isn't a bad idea. Just try to getThis game really falls flat in the end but if you have a friend or two and want to pass some time, this game isn't a bad idea. Just try to get it on sale. Expand
  5. Dec 4, 2021
    2
    I am sending this game to mother base for research and development so I can exterminate this game from existence!
  6. Apr 24, 2021
    1
    what the hell did i just play

    please just go play the mega pack

    its so much better i swear
  7. Apr 26, 2018
    0
    What makes me laugh is that TheTrueMarioFan and myself have predicted that the game was going to suck. The game is lame and the main gimmickWhat makes me laugh is that TheTrueMarioFan and myself have predicted that the game was going to suck. The game is lame and the main gimmick of writing stuff is being shat on with the horrendous gameplay. If you have a very unique formula, don't try to change it.

    This game is the WORST idea any developer ever had.
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