Are you ready for all new adventures in the world of Scribblenauts that are never-before-seen (or played)? New content making its debut in the double-feature title from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be in the new Scribblenauts Mega Pack game. Mega Pack will fuse Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked into one cartridge, disc, or download code. As the PR teams say themselves – “Remember: the only limit in the world of Scribblenauts is your (limitless) creativity…” Actually, there are quite a few limitations, so we’ve got our work cut out for us here in answering some questions that have been popping up in the comments sections of all the social media channels I monitor, at least where Scribblenauts topics are concerned.
After reviewing the comments from the official Scribblenauts Mega Pack trailer on YouTube, as well as Facebook and Twitter posts made by the Scribblenauts PR team, many questions have gone unanswered thus far that I will be able to shed light on. My YouTube channel has featured Scribblenauts Unlimited content for 6 years now, and after receiving an early review code for Scribblenauts Mega Pack, I can safely be a reputable authority in answering the most common questions below.
Common Scribblenauts Mega Pack Questions, Answered!
Is there only one game, or is it two games? While you will only have one cartridge, disc, or download code, Scribblenauts Mega Pack will contain both Unlimited and Unmasked inside. Players will have the choice of which game to select to play when it is booted up.
Can we create characters, like in the versions that came out in 2012/2013? Yes, Scribblenauts Mega Pack will have both the Object Editor and the Hero Creator for the two games. I’ve made a YouTube video guide that discusses how the Object Editor in Mega Pack compares to the Editor of 2012.
How do we type in the words we want to use? While I’m unable to confirm the use of 3rd party keyboards or accessories, within the base game, typing will be exactly how it was done in Scribblenauts Showdown (a previous game released in the franchise). This “Letter Wheel” typing system will be the method for typing on any controller. Please consider using the Nintendo Switch version, however, in a much more intuitive mode that matches the old 2012 play style of the Wii U. In “Touch Mode” the Switch can be taken handheld and controlled in a much smoother and more intuitive way, to include actually typing by touching the letters like on Wii U.
Is there multiplayer? The game has local co-op multiplayer, akin to the style of Scribblenauts Showdown. There is no online play, with the slight exception of sharing custom objects online via the game’s “Punctuation Plaza” store for downloading and sharing items.
Do either of the games in Scribblenauts Mega Pack have new content? Scribblenauts Mega Pack contains full versions of Scribblenauts Unlimited and Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure, along with bonus content for both games. A “fidget spinner” can actually be spawned in via the magic notebook, which was available in Showdown, but never in the two Mega Pack games. Surely there are other stamps or adjectives, but to the game’s credit, almost every word in the dictionary can be utilized, so it would be quite difficult to find out which words have been added into the games since 2012 & 13. For Unmasked, hundreds of new DC characters or items have been added. Some examples are Wonder Dog, Apache Chief, Guardian, and Elasti-Girl.
Both games within Mega Pack also have two new levels each, really giving players a total of four. Unlimited adds in “Zed Zeppelin” and “The Land of Sweet Hyperbole,” while Unmasked adds in new locations from the DC universe – Titans Tower, which is under attack by the demon Trigon, and Belle Reve, the base of operations for Task Force X.
How else does the game compare to the old versions, and is there anything else we should know? The games will largely be the same, other than the aforementioned additions, even to the extent of there *still* being a stamp limit when creating objects. With the power of newer consoles now, one would think the game could handle more stamps being used to create your custom characters & items overall, but that is not the case in Mega Pack. Many of the glitches or bugs from the old versions are still there, while some new glitches are even now present. One incredibly frustrating example is a bug that makes a stamp rotate endlessly when it was never intended to. Pressing the rotate button just ever so slightly, for those very detailed adjustments, can easily & consistently send your item piece into a never-ending rotation that can only be stopped by pressing the button again. This is very detrimental, however, because that stamp piece will then be *way* out of place, rather than just slightly.
This is all not to mention the clunky use of the controller in general. On the Wii U’s gamepad in 2012, or with the use of a mouse on PC, players could accurately pinpoint and click/tap exactly where they needed to. Without the “Touch Mode” on Nintendo Switch, players will take twice as long when using the controller’s joystick to move the cursor back and forth between creating in a way that just feels cumbersome. Most of my personal creations on Wii U, with Scribblenauts Unlimited from 2012, could be completed in about 7 to 10 minutes depending on the level of detail. Re-creating my Scribblenauts Waluigi creation in Mega Pack on a recent live stream, however, took almost 35 minutes when using a Pro controller on the Switch.
The Verdict on Scribblenauts Mega Pack?
I’m very sad to report that unless you can play in “Touch Mode” on the Nintendo Switch, Scribblenauts Mega Pack will just be too clunky and frustrating to control. The rotation glitch in the Object Editor also makes the process of creating objects feel like a chore, rather than a fun artistic endeavor.
This could have easily been a mobile app that included both games with the editor feature, or *just* been a Mega Pack featured only for the Nintendo Switch for use in Handheld mode, and aside from a few glitches here and there, it would’ve been amazing. Instead, loyal buyers from 2012 and 2013 like myself who spent about $60 per game will now have to pay again for a few more levels, some stamps, and on Switch, the use of portability.
Scribblenauts Mega Pack is available on the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and Xbox 1 now for $40 USD.