In Scribblenauts Unmasked, for the Wii U, Maxwell and Lily use their powers to go to the DC Universe. When they get there, they realize Lily's magic globe is broken, and they need to fix it. However, Doppelganger is also in the DCU, and Maxwell and Lily have to fight the Doppelganger and the DC villains, with a little help from some heroes.
When it comes to gameplay, Scribblenauts Unmasked is pretty simple. Anyone who can spell can pick this up. The actual Wii U gamepad displays the game. You can click on items that you want to move around or type in words to create things. Almost everything you see on the gamepad appears on your television screen.
Each level is a different destination in the DC Universe from Gotham City to Central City to Metropolis and many more. In order to unlock more levels, you have to gain reputation points by helping out characters in each map, and a big battle featuring Maxwell and a hero vs Doppelganger and a DC villain. The game requires you to run through levels a few times in order to unlock a new map, and sometimes, you are faced with a challenge for the entire map from Mr Mxyzptlk, who says things like "only type in words that start with 'd,'" which adds a new challenge to the levels you've already played.
In addition to the main levels, you can buy origin stories for the characters, where Maxwell watches heroes like Superman relive how they came to be who they are. Maxwell helps out by creating objects to help the hero get through their origin. It's a pretty cool concept and cool for those who are new to the DC Universe.
Most of the fun is just typing in heroes names into the screen and seeing what they look like in the Scribblenauts style. I spent a good amount of time putting in obscure characters into the game (including Bloodwynd) and the only time I hit a wall is when I typed in Yorick Brown or other Vertigo characters. Not a big deal, but aside from that, I couldn't stump it. The game design is pretty cool and the animations move pretty fluidly. The backgrounds here are especially cool to look at. The score to the game is pretty stoic and puts you right into the DC world.
One of the bigger problems with the game is that it spells out everything for you. You have to go to different locations and help people, but the people tell you exactly what they need. In one scenario, on Oa, there was a woman in front of a basketball hoop who said "I need a basketball to put through the hoop." So, you create a basketball, and that's that. There are some times where it's a bit more open to solve the puzzle. There may be many different solutions, but for the most part, it is a no brainer. Then, there's quite a few times where you just don't know what the heck is going on and even the help from Lily isn't very helpful. The puzzles range from "simplistic" to "I have no clue what to do!"
This game gets insanely repetitive as well. You go from map to map, helping out the little people, and eventually, you have to help a hero fight a villain, and if you accomplish it, you get a starite. This process repeats over and over. Luckily, the repetition is still fun, so it's not a total loss. You can still have fun creating new objects to do the same tasks.
One of the big things we saw at San Diego Comic Con was that you can create your own hero in the game. One of the videos we saw was Jim Lee creating Geoff Johns. The actual process of creating a hero avatar is near impossible. It's incredibly frustrating and you are much better off avoiding this area all together. There is little to no direction in the game manual or game that shows you how it all works either. You're flying blind in a futuristic rocket with your hands tied behind your back.
Luckily, aside from the characters and the story, there's also the Batcomputer that has information on all the characters within the game that's decently detailed for what it is. If there's a character you've wanted to learn more about, then this is a good place to go... That or Comic Vine's wiki section. Joking aside, it's probably the coolest addition to the gameplay.
Overall, the game is fun, for a while, but a bit disappointing. The repetitiveness of the gameplay really bogs it down. Fans of the longtime running Scribblenauts series may feel this is a bit stripped down. Players may have a lot of fun, but there are times of extreme frustration while playing. They will have a good time with this game, mainly to just type in any character they can think of, even many different versions of characters like Superman and Batman. While I did have a good time playing this, it's more of a rent than anything else. Scribblenauts Unmasked is available for Wii U & 3DS at your local retailer. The Wii U version of this game gets 3/5.