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Gaming Evolution
Gaming Evolution

Published By: Warner Bros. Interactive
Developed By: 5th Cell
Genre: Puzzle Action
Players: 1
Rated: E (Everyone)
Release Date: October 2010
Screenshots: Link
Written By: Marcus Prunty

June 30, 2010 - Most DS games I feel are cutesy and designed with kids in mine most of the time, however that doesnít mean that adults canít and wonít enjoy playing these titles. This was the case when I played Super Scribblenauts at E3 2010. This game is being developed by 5th Cell and published under the Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment banner. Super Scribblenauts is the sequel to Scribblenauts and is side-scrolling action puzzle game. The biggest addition to this game is the use of adjectives. In the previous title you could call for a teddy bear or a refrigerator. In this title you can call for a glowing teddy bear or an orange refrigerator or blinking car. And the game will provide a picture of the item you described. They added adjectives to help build the vocabulary of children even more than the previous game.

Now seeing as the one of the focus of the games is to build vocabulary, how does the game handle when you donít know how to spell the word you want correctly. 5th Cell threw in a spell checker that will give you multiple options if you spelled a word wrong then all you have to do is go through the list and choose the word you meant. I tested this their spell checker feature out a few times to see if it would work the way they said it would and yes it did for the most part depending on how poorly you spell the word usually the first word on the list is the one you want. There are 12 levels in the game with each level having 1 sub-level; at the time of the E3 2010 demo they only had 6 playable levels. The difficulty level increases as you progress further through the game.

Also when youíre dealing with games for kids you donít want them learning the wrong words especially for a video game. I didnít ask the developer if they put something in to combat that, I just checked when I did my hands on demo of the game. I was playing one of the first puzzles in a game where there is a long line of different people waiting to purchase Super Scribblenauts and you have to get by all the people to become first in line. You get by everyone by bribing them till you get to the front of the line. Thereís a button you can press and then tap on each person if you canít tell who they are. And then you have to use your vocabulary to think of something they might want to give up their place in line. There was a Special Forces soldier in line me being an adult offered him a ďred bloody knifeĒ. Once the word bloody popped up there it crossed it out in red which meant it wouldnít be used and created a red knife which I gave to the soldier and he gave me his spot. Words like bloody, swear words, and other violent imagery type words arenít allowed because they donít want to portray that to kids which I totally agree with and liked that it worked that well.

Another feature that they included which will be fun is creating your own level mode. Allows creativity and building of vocabulary and these levels can be shared with your friends via Wi-Fi on the Nintendo DS. In case your purchase the new 3DS you should still be able to play this game as the new Nintendo 3DS is supposed to be backwards compatible. Super Scribblenauts is set to release October 2010 and looks to be another solid educational title.

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