Review: Scribblenauts Showdown (PlayStation 4)

It’s Scribblenauts, party-style! Use your imagination and go head-to-head in the ultimate multiplayer showdown! Enjoy a party-style Scribblenauts experience, conjuring from over 35,000 objects from the vast Scribblenauts dictionary to outsmart your opponent in over 25 mini-games!


  • Classic hand drawn cartoon graphics.
  • 2.41GB Download size.
  • Three modes- Vs, Showdown and sandbox.
  • Four players multiplayer.
  • Has AI support so you can do 1 Vs AI for example.
  • Three game lengths- Short, Medium and long.
  • Uses DS4 speaker.
  • Starites- Earn in games to unlock outfits, Hats, levels etc.
  • Showdown- Card based board game full of mini-games. Each card represents a mini-game or an action like go forward 3 spaces or push your opponent back. First, one to the end wins.
  • Unlock new characters as you play.
  • Text entry is the flower petal technique and works very well. Select a petal with a stick then press a face button to select the letter.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Tutorial at the start of every mini-game which can be skipped.
  • Sandbox- Build what you want, Handful of themed locations with optional quests to do within the level to unlock rewards.
  • Simple controls.
  • Drop in/out local co-op.
  • Easy trophy list.
  • Excellent title for families or younger gamers.
  • Create your own Scribblenaut by unlocking hundreds of the costume pieces and vehicles.
  • Fun to play.


  • Never sure if it has saved.
  • Skanky cheap AI at times.
  • Not that much fun in single player.
  • Word typing has a slight learning curve, especially when adding speed to the equation.
  • No online multiplayer.
  • Slow board game mode that just drags.
  • More a time waster or palate cleanser than a game.
  • Very limited compared to other games in the series.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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