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Review: Hot iPad Apps - Scribblenauts Remix

by Steven Williamson on 17 October 2011, 10:33 4.5

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Think it, create it and solve it.

5th Cell's and Iron Galaxy Studios' Scribblenauts Remix combines creative wordplay with cartoon realism to deliver a puzzle game summed up perfectly by the developer's catchphrase of "think it, create it and solve it."

In Scribblenauts Remix, available for Ā£2.99, you take control of a young boy named Max who has to solve 50 levels of logical - and sometimes illogical - problems using nothing but his notepad and creativity. Each level involves collecting a pre-set number of "starites" that represent the number of objects you must create to solve the problem. With such a huge database of objects available, puzzles can be solved in multiple ways, with the only limit being your own creativity.

The most basic puzzle, for example, involves retrieving a "starite" stuck high up in a tree. Max can't reach it, so using the in-game notepad you have to think of a noun to summon up an object to help you grab the collectible. In this instance, simply typing in "ladder" allows you to climb up and grab the "starite."

Which object will you use to get the star?

Part of the challenge is having to think about which objects you could use to complete each challenge, which can be tough enough, but a major part of the game's appeal is thinking outside of the conventional box and coming up with clever ways to solve puzzles. In this particular scenario, conjuring up a "chainsaw" to chop down the tree, a "ball" to knock down the "starite," or even a "trampoline" to bounce up and grab it, are all correct ways to complete the level.