Posts Tagged ‘5th Cell’

Layoffs At Scribblenauts Devs 5th Cell

Scribblenauts developers 5th Cell have laid off 45 employees but, contrary to initial reports, the company say they’re not closing down. 5th Cell had been working on a new mobile version of Scribblenauts, their series about solving free-form puzzles by drawing almost anything into existence, but its surprise cancellation left them overstaffed. The situation’s a bit unclear at this point, but they had also been working on a free-to-play PC action-RPG.

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Wot I Think: Scribblenauts Unmasked

The adventures of Maxwell, and his notepad on which anything written comes to life, have proven quite the lucrative run of games for 5th Cell. This latest version – out on Steam now for a sizeable £27 – comes with a massive DC tie-in, pitting the kid hero alongside the biggest (and smallest) names in the comic universe. How does the format hold up in such a strange place? Here’s wot I think:

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Create Very Silly Heroes In Scribblenauts Unmasked

The new face of justice

I think, at some point or another in our lives, we’ve all needed a hero. Someone to swoop in, save the day, and then feed us warm soup until the tummy ache goes away. As kids, sometimes we even imagined them, conjuring them out of thin air like so many baddie-melting laser beams from our mind’s eye. Scribblenauts Unmasked is kind of like that, only really, really dumb. It is dumb because you will inevitably make it dumb. If the Scribblenauts series has proven anything, it’s that when given the power to mold life into whatever shape we see fit, humanity will choose contorted monstrosities, fire kraken, and robot dinosaurs. Now take that and add every part and power of every DC hero and villain. Ponder the terrifyingly silly possibilities. Or just watch the video below.

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DC Miniverse: Scribblenauts Unmasked Is Really Real

Does 'being a dinosaur' count as a super power?

Or at least, as real as tiny god people from the bottomless depths of mute rooster boy’s imagination can be. But yes, the oft-rumored DC edition of 5th Cell’s boundless bowl of alphabet soup – titled Scribblenauts Unmasked – is now official, and it looks to be quite the thing. Adam expressed concern that attaching an official license to Scribblenauts might leave players with a world they can’t truly own, but this one has far more up its sleeve than DC’s tried-and-true roster of people who don’t understand how underwear work. On top of boasting every hero ever (incredibly obscure ones included, of course), you can make your own from a veritable toy factory of bits and pieces. Leap the break in a single bound for the debut trailer.

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This Is Happening: Scribblenauts Sued Over Cat Memes

As of now, god, the devil, and dinosaurs are still considering their legal options.

Here at RPS, we make a policy of loving Scribblenauts in spite of its flaws, and sometimes we use it to construct elaborate, oddly poignant superhero parodies. And yet, even before DC license announcements entered the picture, I was always impressed by how carefully the series balanced on the glossy lip of pop culture without falling into a bottomless well of legal troubles. No, it’s never applied names (or any proper nouns at all) to its homages, but some of the candy coated likenesses are uncanny. So naturally, it’s finally happened: a lawsuit. But it didn’t come from Rick Astley, Barack Obama, or even a wacky waving inflatable arm-flailing tube man. Oh no. So then, who are 5th Cell’s mighty legal foes? Why, none other than the folks who created Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the Internet.

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Trade Paperback Writer: Scribblenauts DC

IGN bring news that the next Scribblenauts game, to be officially announced at E3, will use the DC license. Even without potential legal problems, Scribblenauts has always been somewhat shy of licensed characters due to Max’s inability to summon into existence specific people and places, described by proper nouns. The series has previously included Nintendo characters, although only on the developer’s own platforms, but otherwise it doesn’t share its universe with anyone. How much can a license add to a game where a little imagination can create equivalents of so many characters though? I jumped into Scribblenauts Unlimited to create my own DC universe. The results are below.

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Scribblenauts No Longer Arbitrarily Unavailable In Europe

Maxwell's smile is so unabashedly gleeful that I'm almost not disturbed by the fact that he's flashing it because a dragon's killing god.

Remember when Scribblenauts Unlimited simultaneously launched in all territories thanks to the lightspeed techno-magic of the 21st century? Well then, congratulations. You evidently live in a pristinely wound clockwork dimension where things actually make sense. Others of us aren’t so fortune. Case in point: the entirety of Europe. While North America got the whimsically open-ended puzzler back in November, Warner Bros decided to shove its European release date into “early 2013″ for no apparent reason. Seriously, even developer 5th Cell was basically baffled. But now, finally, mercifully, anyone can grab it on Steam.

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