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AgithaHime Diaries: Scribbles

During Black Friday last year, I binged on several on-sale games in order to reach my goal of having played at least one installment in as many well-known series as possible. I bought Scribblenauts Unlimited because it had many positive reviews, but I didn’t know it was a game for 10-year-olds. The plot is that this kid in a rooster hat has a magical conjuring notebook, and his only objective is to write words that will solve the task given to him.

You can simply write ‘water’ here and a water bottle will appear so you can water the sprout.

It’s obviously a teaching game for children, but I was really surprised at how addicting it got. Not every task is easy either! There are several hundreds of tasks to complete, but you can carry them out however you like, as long as it makes sense. I really like giving a ‘gun’ to whoever asks for any kind of weapon.

Or you can give a medieval knight a ‘tank’ to kill orcs.

Each task will give you a starite shard, which makes 1/10th of a starite. I believe you have to collect 80 starites to complete the storyline, though there are an additional 26 starites for 100% completion.

You can also complete story-tasks to earn more starites per task.

You know what this reminds me of? Collecting Gratitude Crystals in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, only that was a boring sidequest stuck into an epic RPG, while this is more complex in a simpler way. You do have four lives, but you can’t die unless you are killed by what the stuff you conjure, such as an ‘angry dragon.’ If not being able to die sounds boring for a game, not to worry! There are dozens of unique locations, enough to stipulate interest in getting to them all.

The overworld is delightful.

Speaking of Skyward Sword, you can conjure a bunch of Zelda characters! But if you attack Zelda, Link will chase after you until you are defeated. If you defeat Link first, he’ll scream. I think the voice acting is taken from Young Link in Ocarina of Time.

If they had Epona in this shot, Link will mount her immediately like a true horse wrangler.

I completed the storyline part of the game before deadlines season hit, and just this past weekend I went back to collect the additional starites for 100% completion! Now with another game down and graduation over, I’m ready to go back to more serious gaming. My XBox 360 controller should be arriving tomorrow for Bioshock Infinite!

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5 Comments to "AgithaHime Diaries: Scribbles"

Cat wrote on 21st May 2014 at 7:05 PM

I actually don’t think Scribblenauts was created to be a teaching game or that it was aimed at 10 year olds 🙂 It’s 10+ because things like weapons and animals-eating-babies bumped it away from the E for everyone rating, haha. I remember reading that the creator was going for a puzzle game in a Mad Lib style. I bought the first two Scribblenauts for my husband because I figured he’d love messing around in it. He loved it and was addicted too!

If you’re playing Bioshock Infinite on PC, I recommend giving the mouse/keyboard a try! I have issues with using a controller in FPS because I think it’s awkward to aim, but I know some people who prefer it. I thought it was a great game though, so I hope you enjoy it 😀

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Liv Reply:

I read on Amazon that people were buying Scribblenauts for their kids. Hmm. Well teaching game for adults who had immigrant parents and aren’t that great noun-vocabulary. XD

I’ve tried Bioshock Infinite on both so far and I find the mouse/keyboard harder to control. It might be because I’m so used to controllers.

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Kalliste wrote on 25th May 2014 at 4:33 AM

I loved the first scribblenauts, I don’t think I felt the teaching game vibe, I found it could be quite difficult sometimes and having to be as creative as possible to solve the puzzles.. well I liked to be, just to see what the limitations of the game were 🙂

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AnneMarie wrote on 28th May 2014 at 2:52 PM

I’ve never heard of Scribbenauts but it looks like a fun game (despite the fact it may be targeted toward a younger population). I love that you can conjure up Zelda characters…and the whole interaction that you described. That’s hilarious that Link will kill you…slash scream if you kill him. What a game.

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Liv Reply:

I know right, I think I’ve killed Link at least 10 times now. 😛

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