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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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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 30, 2018
    80
    Scribblenauts Showdown is one of the better party games that doesn’t involve singing, dancing, or everyone needing a smartphone, so grab a controller and unleash your creative thoughts upon those closest to you. It’s good, wholesome fun.
  2. Mar 21, 2018
    80
    As far as party games go, however, Scribblenauts Showdown might just be one of my new favourites.
  3. Apr 2, 2018
    73
    Scribblenauts meets the party games genre losing part of its DNA in the process. It's still a fun experience, but the series' core mechanics could have been better used.
  4. Mar 29, 2018
    63
    Enjoy the more than 25 mini-games offered by Scribblenauts Showdown where the limits are only set by your imagination. Can you become more ingenious than your rival?
  5. Mar 17, 2018
    60
    Scribblenauts Showdown develops our imagination with crazy situations, puzzles and mini-games inspired by the classic style of the party game. Although the ambition to offer different proposals is always admirable, this time both sides of the game feel halfway to offer their full potential. Despite being limited in some aspects, it is ideal for a family evening or a meeting with friends.
  6. Mar 14, 2018
    60
    A good idea that falls short on possibilities and becomes boring too soon.
  7. Jun 3, 2018
    50
    Disappointment or disillusion. Pick the adjective you want and that's what Scribblenauts will be. Let's just hope that the series will one day come back in better shape.

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  1. Mar 12, 2018
    7
    I’m a huge of the Scribblenauts games and to say it’s given me and my friends many enjoyable moments over the years would be a massiveI’m a huge of the Scribblenauts games and to say it’s given me and my friends many enjoyable moments over the years would be a massive understatement, so as you can imagine I was looking forward to Scribblenauts Showdown quite a lot. Thankfully it scratched my itch quite well and whilst it may not be the best game the series has ever seen I still had a great time with the game. Obviously the main aspect of the Scribblenauts games are the fun puzzles and mini-games, and thankfully they’ve done these very well. Each mini-game is wacky and most importantly fun, but I would however have liked to have seen a few more mini-games added because you go through the ones that are on offer quite quickly. In terms of content though the game has a good amount for you to be getting on with and it will keep you coming back for more time and time again. I will say though that despite the amount of replayability it has I do think that the game is a little overpriced and this definitely may put some people off. Without a doubt my favourite thing about Scribblenauts Showdown was the Sandbox mode. Fans of the Scribblenauts games will no doubt enjoy this mode the most because it features the classic gameplay that we’re all used to. This mode can be enjoyed alone or with a friend, but in my opinion it shines its brightest when played with a friend and when played this way you will have a lot of fond memories flooding back to you. As you progress through the game you will notice though that the controls do feel a little awkward at certain points and I know for a fact that they didn’t always remain responsive, so hopefully they sort this out with a little patch. The presentation side of the game hit all the right notes for me and it keeps the classic formula that fans of the series love and adore. Visually the game is packed full of colour and wackiness from the get go and the accompanying sound design combines brilliantly with the visuals giving the game an extra layer of fun. At the end of the day Scribblenauts Showdown makes me remember why I love the series so much, and whilst it has a few shortcomings here and there fans of the game will no doubt get more than enough that satisfies them here. If you’ve never played a Scribblenauts game before then Scribblenauts Showdown is the perfect place to start because the fun and enjoyability levels can be off the charts at times and the best thing is that it will have you returning back to the game multiple times, I would however wait till it goes down in price a little before purchasing. Expand