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Those who love DC Comics and Scribblenauts will go bonkers for Scribblenauts Unmasked, which merges the two universes. Developer 5th Cell blends the nuances loved by comic readers with the puzzle-oriented riddles of the Scribblenauts series, perfectly. For those unfamiliar with the Scribblenauts series of puzzle games, the game’s protagonists are Maxwell and Lily, a brother and sister duo possessing teleportation and word-fueled, object conjuration powers. After blundering into to the DC universe, Maxwell and his sister square-off against an evil clone of Maxwell, predictably named “Doppelganger”. The clone teams up with the worst of the DC universe’s evil-doers.

The game divides into a series of primary quests and sub-quests. By completing these you gain “reputation” points, which function as the world’s currency. Spending reputation points lets you unlock additional regions. Maxwell can also use points to unlock superpowers, giving himself  super strength or power rings. The ultimate goal of the game is to prevent Doppleganger from acquiring Starites, the magical substance you may remember from the original Scribblenauts.

Keep reading to the bottom to enter for your chance to win one of three copies of the game!

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Will You Like Scribblenauts Unmasked?

Children and adults alike will feel a sense of wonder exploring the DC universe. Comic-loving adults will go bananas interacting with their favorite DC characters. Children can also partake in the fun while sharpening their spelling and typing skills. However, even those without an interest in Scribblenauts or comics may still like the game.

Scribblenauts Unmasked blew me away with a combination of meticulous detail and addicting gameplay. The level of detail beats all other licensed games based on the DC universe. Even characters as obscure ones as Angle Man show up with accurately modeled powers. The amount of depth is mind-boggling.



Gameplay and Meticulous Detail

As in all Scribblenauts games, you conjure objects by describing them using a combination of nouns and adjectives. For example, in a fight against Professor Zoom, I had to create a giant fan. By typing the words: “giant” (adjective) + “fan” (noun), a large fan appeared, which blew away toxic smog. However, any device capable of generating wind would have solved this particular puzzle. In this regard, the gameplay is jaw-dropping in its complexity and depth.

professor zoom

Although your primary mission unfolds in a linear fashion, there’s little pressure to stick to the primary story arc. Players can easily find themselves randomly wandering throughout the game causing mayhem. To illustrate, I finally answered the age-old question of who would win in a fight – Darkseid or Superboy Prime?

darkseid vs superboy prime

There’s pacing improvements over Scribblenauts Unlimited. You can rapidly teleport from Metropolis to Arkham Asylum. However, unless you complete side-quests, you won’t receive the reputation points required to open each region. For example, unlocking Arkham Asylum requires 300 reputation points – unless you’ve acquired those, you must complete side missions until you can afford to change levels.

regions from arkham to metropolis

This forces you to attempt side-quests. Each time you change levels (I.E. teleport from city to city), you will attempt to beat Doppleganger and that region’s primary super villain to the Starite. For example, in Metropolis, Lex Luthor and your double team up – you, of course, partner with Superman.

Unlike one of its predecessors, such as Scribblenauts Remixed Scribblenauts Remix For iOS: A Rewarding Puzzle, Platform & Sandbox Combo [iPhone, iPad] Scribblenauts Remix For iOS: A Rewarding Puzzle, Platform & Sandbox Combo [iPhone, iPad] Scribblenauts was originally designed for and released on the Nintendo DS, and remains one of the platform’s must-have titles. The Wii U launch title and Steam top-seller Scribblenauts Unlimited has been pleasing pundits and end... Read More , Unmasked constantly prods the player along. Although you won’t feel pressure to rush through the game, you will feel a definite sense of purpose. Aside from the pacing improvements, the Batcomputer and random hi-jinks that you can get into are of particular interest to comics fans:

  • Batcomputer: Of interest to fans, you can access Batman’s legendary computer database. This includes almost all of the characters populating the DC universe. While the pacing of Scribblenauts feels fast and furious, you will find yourself wanting to take frequent breaks to research. Fortunately, Batman’s Batcomputer contains references to virtually every character imaginable. I found myself searching for, and finding, characters as obscure as Anarky and Captain Comet. However, there’s limits to the database’s power. It failed to find Mr. Nobody and the Brotherhood of Dada, perhaps the most obscure of all villains in all of DC .
  • Random hi-jinks: I found myself constantly failing missions through simple error. For example, a man on a roof wanted me to deal with some strange eggs – these turned out to be Cockatrice eggs, which I of course sat on, hatched a tame, poison-breathing Cockatrice and then in a fit on panic summoned Darkseid by mistake. After that event, I found myself accidentally summoning Darkseid approximately 24 times in a two-minute period afterward, unfortunately, turning that particular city into a barren wasteland, only motivated by a need to discover the Anti-Life Equation.


What You Might Not Like

On the downside, the difficulty of Scribblenauts feels much greater than a casual game. I found myself constantly failing sub-missions. Fortunately failure doesn’t greatly impede your progress as you can simply repeat or revisit each region. Still, those who are expecting a lighthearted romp through the Scribblenauts universe will be frustrated by constant failure, feelings of inadequacy and shame.

The controls feel a little wonky, too. lack of gamepad support is understandable as the majority of the game involves typing on a keyboard. However, Scribblenaut’s biggest shortcoming is just this — the game feels like a platformer, but comes off as a point-and-click experience. Overall, the controls feel thrown together and poorly implemented.

Unmasked’s biggest blemish is its length. The 12-hours (at most) of gameplay seriously detract from Unmasked’s value. Given this, the $40 price-tag feels a little bit high, considering that puzzle-games in general do not cost a great deal of money 19+ Challenging Free Online Puzzle Games You Have To Play 19+ Challenging Free Online Puzzle Games You Have To Play Read More .


So is Scribblenauts Unmasked worth buying? As much as I enjoyed the game, its main appeal is to two groups of people — comic lovers and children. However, the $40 price tag feels a bit steep for a game with around 10-12 hours of gameplay. While the game represents an uniform improvement over its predecessor in gameplay, pacing and difficulty, it’s terribly short.

The more budget-minded may wish to wait until this game comes down to $20. At the $40 price range, the only audience that would get their money’s worth are either die-hard DC Comics fans or children seeking quality educational titles 6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year 6 Educational Console Games For A Fun And Successful School Year Contrary to popular belief, video games aren't a useless form of entertainment responsible for sucking precious time away from children and adults alike. Even generic first-person shooters such as the Call Of Duty titles could,... Read More . Everyone else should wait until the price comes down to a more sensible $20 or 30, particularly in light of the sheer number of cost-effective alternatives around Looking for Great Games at Pauper Prices? Score Some Game Bundles Looking for Great Games at Pauper Prices? Score Some Game Bundles Read More .

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You may enter by submitting your name and email address. You’ll receive one entry simply by doing so.

After that, you’ll also be offered various methods to earn additional entries. They range from sharing a link to this giveaway on social networks; to commenting or visiting a specific page. The more you participate, the higher your chances of winning! You will receive 5 additional entries into the giveaway for every successful referral via your shared links.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, November 1. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

The Winners

  • Diane Wortman
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  1. Mubashir
    November 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yes ,, developers must be supported for their efforts

  2. Nichole S
    November 2, 2013 at 4:21 am

    I think price should be based on how long the playtime is.

  3. Todd L
    November 2, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Yes looks like it is worth $20

  4. Ariel Chiu
    November 1, 2013 at 2:44 am

    $20 is a good price!

  5. Tate S
    October 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    The devs deserved the price~

  6. Rose Holloway
    October 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Good price to me

  7. Laura N
    October 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Sure it is! Developers out in many many hours. And you will get fun out of it for many hours

  8. Yashtir Gopee
    October 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    Developers should be supported. So yes

  9. Kevin
    October 31, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    For $20 yes! :D

  10. May
    October 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    I think $20 is reasonable, I would pay it!

  11. Tom S
    October 29, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I really love the other Scribblenauts games, I would definitely pay that or more!

  12. Srivatsan V
    October 28, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Good price.

  13. savannah
    October 26, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I think $20 is fine

  14. Diane W
    October 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    It's worth $20. I think that is a good price point.

  15. Jonathan H
    October 25, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I don't think it's that badly priced I can think of many more expensive games, that aren't worth it. Besides who doesn't love scribblenauts :D

  16. Miguel Canillas
    October 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    At $20, I find this to be a steal. Way to go! (Excited to play this, if ever). :)

  17. David Hughes
    October 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I don't know if I would pay that much for it. If it were under $10, maybe I'd buy it. I thought Scribblenauts Unlimited was ok, but I got it on sale pretty cheap. I would not have paid full price for it.

  18. Susan C
    October 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    $20 is a good price!

  19. Em B
    October 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    $20 seems about right

  20. Zane G
    October 23, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I'd prefer $15 but for the DC name $20 seems about right

  21. megan
    October 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Depends on the game! But I think it is worth it most of the time!

  22. Rhea Frawley
    October 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    20.00 isn't a bad price :)

  23. Trish Williams
    October 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    $20 is fine , Ive spent much more

  24. Yuval P
    October 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm


  25. Jarred
    October 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I think $20 is a little steep, I would definitely pay $10-15 for it though.

  26. André
    October 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    20$ seems fair

  27. David Phok
    October 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I usually don't pay much for games.

  28. Nitoy N
    October 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Its worth the $20!

  29. Michael W
    October 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I think $20 would probably be worth it. I've heard that this isn't as interesting and creative as the original Scribblenauts, but the fact that DC is in on this is probably enough for me :)

  30. Jennifer I.
    October 21, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    For a DC game $20 is right for PC

  31. debra
    October 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    seems high

  32. Caroline M
    October 21, 2013 at 2:42 am

    $20 is as much as I would pay. As fun a game as it is, I've played previous versions and have been able to get through them far too quickly.

  33. Vanessa C.
    October 20, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    I love DC. I think $20 is worth it.

  34. Pam R
    October 20, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I would pay $20 for this game because I know my kids would play any game with super heroes in it

  35. Linda W
    October 20, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    $20 would be an okay price to pay for this game.

  36. Shara
    October 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    $20 for a game that everyone is perfectly fine

  37. WMJG
    October 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    It's pretty original and creative despite being just a new iteration, i'd say it's worth 20$ because there isn't anything like it out there except it's predecessors.

  38. Piyush
    October 20, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    10 to 15$ seem more appreciable.

  39. Steve A
    October 20, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Sure it's worth it!

  40. Tomasz J
    October 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    No, it should cost approximately $10

  41. Keith W
    October 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Seems high for the short gameplay - $10 seems more reasonable

  42. Alex
    October 19, 2013 at 10:21 am

    This game has an unique concept and artwork. It's definitly worth 20$. The games for the Nintendo DS were much pricier.

  43. Brenda Leon
    October 19, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Sure, $20 is a fair price today.

  44. Nicolas D
    October 19, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Seems a little pricy...

  45. Daniel Ooi
    October 19, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Yes I would pay $20 this game because it is the par level of most games. It would be better if it is lower than $20 to reach most gamers

  46. Danni
    October 19, 2013 at 1:20 am

    do i prefer to buy ds games used but id love to win it!

  47. Paddy E
    October 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

    When you have the money it is not too much but when you don't have the money it is kind of expensive. But my kids would like this and so I will save the money

  48. Angelo L
    October 19, 2013 at 12:23 am

    9.99 please...

  49. c0rry
    October 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I'd pay twice that for such a great game! :)

  50. bioadam
    October 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Scribblenaughts is great. Can you really put a price on excellence?

  51. Jeevan J
    October 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    $40 sounds pretty expensive for a game like this (especially since you mentioned that the game play is short). I would be happy to buy the game for $20.

    I do love their marketing strategy; trying to appeal to comic fans :D

  52. Heather V.
    October 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I would pay $20; the games are fun.

  53. Phillip G
    October 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    $20 is a bargain for this game. I get hours of enjoyment from it and that makes it worth it for me.

  54. Truffle B
    October 18, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    This looks like a great next step for Scribblenauts. My brother and his wife throughly enjoyed the game on DS XL, so I will have to grab a copy for them for Christmas! David grew up collecting comics as a kid, so this is just perfect.

  55. Victor O
    October 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I'm not quite sure. I played the DS version, and it was always fun :) But $40 for a game? Hm... maybe? I'll let you know ;P

  56. Taylor Lee
    October 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Because scribblenaut is awesome! It's worth it!!!

  57. Brian
    October 18, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I prefer paying about $10 for DS games....

  58. Ryan W
    October 18, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    $20 is still steep. I can wait until the $9.99 Steam sale.

  59. Marco
    October 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    $20 nope...$12-$15 perhaps. Looks like a very funny game.

  60. Ascalion
    October 18, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    There are definitely endless possibilities with this game, but I wouldn't expect to pay much more than $10 for a puzzle-type game.

  61. Carmina Aguilar
    October 18, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Its definitely the right price. been a fan here. :D

  62. Joshua
    October 18, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I think a good $15 bucks is a good price. But then again, I don't know how much it costed to produce, and I don't control the prices.

  63. Tiago R
    October 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    i haven't tried it!!!
    but seems a bit much!

  64. Joanna P
    October 18, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    $20 is a good price I think. I love the concept of scribblenauts, and now with superheroes? That's a steal

  65. Dany B
    October 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I would pay no more than 5$, since the graphices are not that great.

  66. Elisabetta S
    October 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    For my opinion the right price is $10 because this game is like a spin-off of the first.

  67. Sue Taylor-Owens
    October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I think I would pay $20 just because my daughter LOVES Scribblenauts and super heroes.

  68. Julie Gonzales
    October 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    10 $ is my limit for games..

  69. Rapper_skull
    October 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Maybe for 15$ but 20 is too much.

  70. Edwin Williams
    October 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    YES! This game is awesome!

  71. hoo yen hui
    October 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I played it on my DS before, the older version of scribblenauts. It's pretty cool and fun to play with! But $20 is a little too much hmm considering many big tittles and awesome RPG having the same price too.

  72. Carol Horner
    October 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I would pay $10 but probably not $20

  73. Andre Jauw
    October 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    it's rather expensive for $20. I can buy another game that has better competitive playing but with cheaper price. but this is a good game though

  74. Va D
    October 18, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I would say $10 since it feels more like DLC than a whole new game.

  75. Adly A
    October 18, 2013 at 4:31 am

    If it is $15, maybe I will buy it. Totally fun game.

  76. Shaun
    October 18, 2013 at 2:13 am

    Definitely worth it, I just can't afford it right now. Maybe, sometime when it goes on sale. But, being a huge DC fan it's hard to not splurge.

  77. long
    October 18, 2013 at 1:54 am

    NO! I think 5$ is better,except it contain some comic extra!

  78. Mary V
    October 18, 2013 at 1:37 am

    Yes, I would pay $20 bucks for this game, my kids love these kind of games. Thanks for the giveaway

  79. Dennis D
    October 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

    It'd probably be worth it if it eventually came with some DLC or something extra.

  80. mary watson
    October 18, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Yes...this game is fun! I have played it and my grandson (12) loves to play this game! Definitely worth the price!!

  81. Terry H
    October 18, 2013 at 12:36 am

    I am totally waiting to purchase the game until after it hits the $20 mark, games have just gotten too expensive for my tastes.

  82. Daniel G
    October 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I like the climate of games based on comic graphics and $20 seems to be reasonable price, but not $40!

  83. Terry B
    October 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I love comics and comic themed games so I would definitely say it is worth $20, though I personally would still wait till it hit $10 mark on a sale. Of course that is just me, I'm frugal lol, I only purchase PC games now when they are on a large steam/amazon/gmg sale or in a bundle deal and usually $10 is my limit.