The lights are on
Yesterday in New York, Warner Bros. gave us a new look at Scribblenauts Unmasked. The title is coming very soon, but this visit was focused largely on two aspects: procedurally generated mini-quests and the hero creator.
In each of the game's areas, including Gotham City, Metropolis, and the Green Lantern home world of OA, citizens will offer up short quests that earn Maxwell "reputation" points. These are new each time you visit a region, and the rewards are used to unlock new parts in the creation suite.
You'll also have access to the Batcomputer, which serves a DC wiki. Don't know who a character is? Just click on him/her and bring up the Batcomputer. It's ingenious, and serves to make the game more friendly to Scribblenauts fans who might only know Batman and Superman.
The Batcomputer has come obscure entries. Yes, the Wonder Twins are in, but Alex Navarro from Giant Bomb who was sitting next to me dug deep. After finding a character named "Arm-Fall-Off Boy" we crossed our fingers and decided to see how deep the roster went. To our surprise, even this Justice League reject made the cut.
We had the chance to create our own character, also. Starting with a banana, our guide popped on Aquaman's head (from one of the many variations included in the title), his arms, and some kind of fluffy mammal tail.
As you can see in the picture above, the Banabomination is none to happy to be toted around by Maxwell. You can also set up the characters powers (Banabomination shot bananas), vulnerabilities, and reactions to different elements.
There's a lot of sandbox fun mixed into the classic Scribblenauts puzzle-solving gameplay, with one smart amendment. Reusing a solution (like a jetpack or Superman) will reduce the rewards. This encourages smarter, more creative play. As a fan of the series, I'm excited to see more. Scribblenauts Unmasked will be out on September 24, 2013, on Wii U, 3DS, and PC.
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