Today, 5th Cell and Warner Bros. unleashed an update to Scribblenauts Remix [$2.99], the iOS port of the popular franchise from the Nintendo DS. The big new feature in this update is something they’re calling Scribblespeak. Scribblenauts is a game where you’re able to type in just about anything you can think of, complete with descriptive adjectives, and it will be created for you within the game. This is intended to be the way you solve the many puzzles in the game, as you can create objects that you need to complete the tasks that allow you to pass a level.
However, while that’s all well and good, the serious fun in Scribblenauts Remix is just thinking up the craziest objects or creatures that you possibly can, and then making them fight each other. At least, that’s how I get my kicks, and that goes for just about everybody I know too. This sandbox-like aspect of Scribblenauts Remix is the thing that ensures this wonderful little app will never leave my device.
Anyhoo, what the Scribblespeak update allows you to do is utilize the voice recognition functionality that powers Siri in the iPhone 4S and just blurt out whatever whacky thing you happen to want to conjure up in the game. It’s a pretty cool idea, and although it doesn’t really change the nature of the game a whole lot, it does make it feel a lot more personal, especially if you’re hamming around with friends while playing the game, as the Scribblespeak trailer will show you.
Also part of this update is a holiday theme, hence Maxwell wearing a Santa hat in the updated game icon. So cute. You also get a holiday themed sandbox level, decorated with snowy Christmas trees and gingerbread houses, which is basically the interactive start screen that let’s you just create things to your heart’s content. You can switch to the normal sandbox level at any time if you wish, if the holidays aren’t your thing. Finally, Scribblenauts Remix now supports screen orientation flipping, for those of you who like to play your games while doing cartwheels (or something like that).
The new Scribblespeak feature is a pretty cool addition to an already stellar game, so if you own an iPhone 4S be sure to update and give it a try. I’m also pretty down for the holiday theme, since like, Christmas is practically just a couple weeks away. I should probably start my shopping soon, thanks for reminding me Scribblenauts Remix! Oh, and for Christmas, I want new levels. Not that I don’t appreciate the update you just gave me, I just thought I’d let you know.