It’s not often we encounter a game that makes us think, “We’ve never played anything quite like this before,” but that was exactly our reaction to the original Scribblenauts, a puzzle game where writing a word – seemingly any word – will cause that object to spawn in the game. These objects can then be used to solve the puzzles, which range from odd things like capturing butterflies to using a ramp to jump over obstacles.
In short, this means that, while the objectives in Scribblenauts are specific, the means of achieving them are absurdly broad. If you want, you can sail over the ramp on a T-rex wearing a top hat. You can catch the butterfly in a net if you like, or you could conjure up a helicopter with a dustbin attached to the bottom. We can only guess at what kind of programming voodoo went on to create this extraordinary engine.
The good news is, there’s a brand new Scribblenauts in the works, and it appears to be coming to the Nintendo Switch. Called Scribblenauts Showdown, it was first leaked last year thanks to a ratings board in the far east. In more recent days, a post for the game has emerged on the online shop, Play Asia (via Nintendo Life), with its release date pegged as March 9. While this is far from an official confirmation, it does now look as though developer 5th Cell has something special in the works. The title – and an accompanying image leaked on the Taiwanese ratings board’s website – suggests that the game will add some kind of two-player competitive element, which should work nicely on the Switch’s local multiplayer set-up.
Word is that Scribblenauts Showdown will appear on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as well, though the Switch’s touchscreen support surely means this version will have the edge over the others.