Percentile Rank

Scribblenauts Showdown is ranked in the 13th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 32 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

16%

Critics Recommend

Based on 32 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Avoid
Avoid
Jun 18, 2018

This is not exactly an action game. More of an strategic approach would be the way to go. I mentioned before that I pride myself on my vocabulary skills and cleverness with fitting words together like a puzzle, but here I was faced with literature obstacles that I nearly couldn't climb. As far as gameplay goes, not much here to describe or brag about.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpew
80%
80%
Mar 21, 2018

As far as party games go, however, Scribblenauts Showdown might just be one of my new favourites. It's certainly going to be the new go-to videogame whenever friends come over. And I've been honing my skills, so they better watch out.

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SA Gamer
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

In the world of Scribblenauts the word is mightier than the sword!

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Video Chums
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

As a huge fan of Scribblenauts, I'm happy to be able to enjoy more word-based mayhem even though the party formula becomes repetitive quite fast due to a limited variety of mini-games.

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IGN Italy
7.3 / 10.0
7.3 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is a good solid party game, perfect for having a couple of fun hours. But it become repetitive very soon.

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Digital Trends
Mar 12, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is fun party game that's uncharacteristically smart.

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Gamerheadquarters
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Mar 6, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown does alright in providing something different, it could have used some more content though still a very enjoyable experience for anyone in the family.

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NoobFeed
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 10, 2018

If you are a fan of the Scribblenauts series, you will be surprised by the new additions to the Scribblenauts Showdown's word library.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Mar 28, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is a fun game you can pick and and play at any time, but you may feel the novelty wear off without friends to play with. Despite this, Scribblenauts Showdown offers some great mini-games and game modes. It feels different to party games we've seen in recent times, but it's also pleasantly familiar.

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VGProfessional
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is not what you expect from the franchise, but it's a decent alternative to interactive party game. But with a lack of content in terms of mini-games, you might not stick too long.

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GaminGuardian
6.7 / 10.0
6.7 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is an ideal game to play with friends or with family. In addition, it’s perfect for the youngest of the house, as it encourages the use of imagination and creativity to overcome some challenges, although these are somewhat rare. This causes it to end up looking somewhat repetitive and somewhat heavy after dedicating a few parts.

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Critical Hit
6.5 / 10.0
Critical Hit
Critical Hit Staff

Top Critic

6.5 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2018

Your enjoyment of Scribblenauts Showdown will probably depend on where you're coming from. Long-time fans of the franchise will likely be disappointed by a watered-down entry that doesn't come close to capturing the creative spirit of the original games. In fact, it doesn't even bother. On the other hand, newcomers with no expectations should appreciate Showdown as a colourful, cute, low-effort party game that's more diverse than most.

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Spaziogames
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 20, 2018

A simple and funny killtime... for a match or two.

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Expansive
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is predictably, a cute little multiplayer title, but sadly not a very good singleplayer one.

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Atomix
63 / 100
63 / 100
Mar 16, 2018

One of the most creative game series is back, but maybe it's not what fans expected. Although it has some fun and interesting game elements, there's not much to do after a few hours with the game. The party style mini games are repetitive and some times the creation tool feels like a waste. Give it a try if you're looking for a different game for your parties.

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Generación Xbox
6.3 / 10.0
6.3 / 10.0
Apr 18, 2018

Enjoy the more than 25 mini-games offered by Scribblenauts Showdown where the limits are only set by your imagination. Can you become more ingenious than your rival?

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Areajugones
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown gives the feeling of being half complete. It seeks traditional gameplay with its minigames, but the change is not enough and, even though it is fun, delivers two halved experiences. The worst game of the saga.

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IGN Spain
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2018

A good idea that falls short on posibilities and becomes boring too soon.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 12, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown is an agreeable party game that applies the playful vocabulary-stretching gameplay well enough to entertain you and some friends for a while. Unfortunately, the numerous minigames are all pretty shallow, the Showdown mode can grow tiresome, and the appeal of the Sandbox levels only lasts for so long. This will certainly make for an amusing evening with family and friends, but it's not likely to be a title you'll come back to more than a couple of times.

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NEOsite
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2018

Scribblenauts Showdown recognizes over 30.000 words, but it turned out to be just a series of minigames. That's not what we expected from this IP.

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Invision Community
6 / 10
6 / 10
Mar 19, 2018

Even as a budget game (retailing for around £30) Showdown is tricky to recommend. It certainly looks the part: polished, lively menus, a pleasant if not stand-out soundtrack, an incredibly deep character creator: but all of this is style for a serious lack of substance.

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GameCrate
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Mar 7, 2018

You can squeeze a few hours of fun out of Scribblenauts Showdown, but frankly this isn't the next-generation Scribblenauts game that fans of the original were hoping for. It has fewer puzzles, worse controls and less replay value than any other Scribblenauts title.

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SomHráč.sk
55%
55%
Apr 9, 2018

If you're a fan of party games, Scribblenauts Showdown might not disappoint you. It'll entertain player both young and old and at times, it can even serve as an educational title. However, it's lacking in content and due to this fact, it starts getting repetitive after a short while.

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The Games Machine
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2018

Despite a quite brillaint look, the 27 minigames designed by Shiver Entertainment are meaningful and fun only for a couple of nights with friends. Unfortunately, they become soon a clumsy attempt to recycle well know mechanics in very superficial way.

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Nintendo Life
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 14, 2018

If you've played the series before, Scribblenauts: Showdown won't be the game you're expecting. If you haven't, you might be left wondering what all the fuss was about. Yes, it shares the name and the look of those previous games, but it lacks the all-important creative heart of its predecessors, and ends up being a by-the-numbers affair that goes through the motions in a shallow attempt to turn Scribblenauts' unique premise into a multiplayer party game. It's certainly not the debut Maxwell and company deserved on Switch, and while its mini-game focus does suit the local multiplayer ethos of the console, it ends up feeling like a discount 1-2-Switch.

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SquareXO
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Mar 19, 2018

For a franchise built on such a novel concept to drop everything it’s known for in it’s transition to a multiplayer setting is disappointing. Scribblenauts Showdown is fun for a night in with friends, but that said, I can’t see them asking to play it again after the first time.

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Nintendo Insider
5 / 10
5 / 10
Mar 19, 2018

Nearly every aspect of Scribblenauts Showdown feels like a missed opportunity. Whether it’s the disappointing mini-games, uninspired sandbox mode or even just the limited amount of content on offer the experience overall feels shallow. Which is a real shame, because we know the series is capable of much more. So while it’s exciting to see the Scribblenauts series alive, it’s far less so in this current state.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
Mar 19, 2018

It's always good to try something new but, conversely, it doesn't always work. Here, it really doesn't work. Scribblenauts' charm was always in challenging the players to use their imagination and their diction to come up with fun and original solutions over the obvious or the mundane. While there's still some of that in Scribblenaut Showdown's Sandbox mode, it's too little to truly enjoy and too much focus has been placed on the mediocre party games instead. Even for the low cost, this is a considerably disappointing entry into the series.

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SECTOR.sk
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

There are so many things that you can create in the game. Unfortunately, fun gameplay isn't one of them.

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NintendoWorldReport
4 / 10.0
4 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2018

And sure, the game tries to tie it in to the Scribblenauts franchise, but it misfires to an almost comical degree. This would be more funny if it didn't involve games I used to really love. There is the potential to bring Scribblenauts back, but Warner Bros. aren't the people to do it.

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Metro GameCentral
3 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

3 / 10
Mar 13, 2018

One of the most ineffective reboots of recent history, with a game that seems purposefully designed to undermine the unique qualities of the Scribblenauts series.

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FNintendo
3 / 10
3 / 10
Apr 7, 2018

Minigames and party games need to feature plenty of quality content to stand out and sadly, Scribblenauts Showdown has neither. Other than a rather attractive art style, Scribblenauts Showdown offers nothing but a short and poor set of minigames, some of them designed without much into consideration, which are either dull and repetitive or frustrating. Hardly an experience to recommend to anyone looking for quick and fun moments with their friends.

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