Scribblenauts Showdown Confirmed

Scribblenauts is getting a sequel on the Switch and other current gen consoles.

It’s not often we encounter a game that makes us think, “We’ve never played anything quite like this before,” but that was exactly our reaction to the original Scribblenauts, a puzzle game where writing a word – seemingly any word – will cause that object to spawn in the game. These objects can then be used to solve the puzzles, which range from odd things like capturing butterflies to using a ramp to jump over obstacles.

In short, this means that, while the objectives in Scribblenauts are specific, the means of achieving them are absurdly broad. If you want, you can sail over the ramp on a T-rex wearing a top hat. You can catch the butterfly in a net if you like, or you could conjure up a helicopter with a dustbin attached to the bottom. We can only guess at what kind of programming voodoo went on to create this extraordinary engine.

A new sequel, Scribblenauts Showdown, introduces multiplayer mini-games, where players can conjure nearly any object from the massive dictionary of nearly 35,000 words to outsmart their opponents.

Check out a trailer for the game below:

Here’s the breakdown of the new multiplayer modes from the press release:

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In the game’s Showdown mode, up to four players face off and imagine their way to victory through card-based strategy and creative skill. “Wordy” mini-games require unleashing the best object or character from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary of over thirty-five thousand words to outsmart an opponent. Action-oriented “Speedy” mini-games reward the player who completes a given challenge first. A board game style map displays players’ progress. With multiple ways to make up ground, every player has a chance to win, which keeps the excitement going until the end!

In Versus mode, two players can go head-to-head in more than 25 mini-games that vary in every session. The mini-games can also be enjoyed by a single player. Versus mode allows continuous play of games by shuffling players into game after game for non-stop fun.

Sandbox mode, the Scribblenauts series’ cherished creative playground, allows one or two players to solve objectives in eight new levels by summoning any object they can imagine and earn hidden Starites and achievements. Players can also let their imaginations run wild by unleashing whatever objects they can think of and watching them interact in unexpected ways.

Scribblenauts Showdown will launch on March 6 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.