Australian Council on Children and the Media

Scribblenauts Remix - Warner Bros

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This is a multi-level puzzle challenge game. Caution: in-app purchases, online interactivity, advertising, violence, create gambling tokens

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Contains some elements of gambling

This review of Scribblenauts Remix was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 March 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Scribblenauts Remix
Developed by: Warner Bros
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play, Facebook
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 9+ Google Play store: “Everyone” Facebook 13+
Gambling content advice: Contains some elements of gambling. This game may contain devices which mimic those found in a casino; but the player is not risking something of value to play. Refer to the gambling section of this review for further details

ACCM review

This review of Scribblenauts Remix contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

World One: 1 – 10 World Two: 1 – 10 World Three: 1 - 6

App description

This is a multi-level puzzle challenge game, in which the player must work out how to solve a series of challenges and collect 'Starites' by creating and using various objects.

Reviewers comments

In this game, the player selects an avatar from a choice of Maxwell, a female lifeguard and God. The player is presented with a task or challenge. They must create items to add to the scene by writing the word for the item they need. They then use the item to complete the task. The tasks are often unstructured and open. Almost any item can be created, except for proper nouns, vulgarities and suggestive items. The challenges generally have more than one possible solution. Hints are available if required. Any level can be played more than once. Players can quit a challenge and move to another.  Tasks require more creative solutions as the player progresses. Higher worlds and levels are unlocked as the player progresses.

This game requires players to consider the task, think creatively, consider how any obstacles or other features may help or hinder, what objects are required to achieve the goal and how they should be used. Players learn through trial and error.

In App purchasing

Players can purchase a themed bundle of four avatars for $0.99 or a bundle which includes all the avatars for $2.99. Players can also purchase more playgrounds for $0.99 and unlock all worlds for $0.99. Players can link to a shop website where T-shirts may be purchased.

Online information

Players can share their achievements via a Facebook post. When players sign in to Facebook, the app requests access to their basic profile information and list of friends – the player may allow this or not. Players can take screen capture shots and post them on Facebook or Twitter. Players can sign in to the Game Centre to view Achievements and a Leaderboard.

Gambling

Players are able to create poker chips as an object.

Advertising and product placement

Another Scribblenauts game was advertised. Players can purchase more Warner Bros games.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

A hint to complete one of the challenges is to electrocute the sea creatures. 

Some parents and players may be concerned that the player can choose to be God.

Other

Violence and scary material: There is a monster themed bundle of avatars which can be purchased, however these characters are unlikely to scare most children. One of the challenges is to prepare for a heist by providing three items required – a correct solution was a gun, sword and knife. One challenge is to help Maxwell bury a corpse.

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Content is age appropriate for children this age

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Gambling content advice

Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

Contains some elements of gambling. Some content is not recommended for minors. Parental guidance recommended

No gambling content found in the levels played

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