The eagle-eyed Gematsu has spotted an ESRB rating for a game called Scribblenauts Showdown. This follows the game being rated in Taiwan, and both instances list PlayStation 4 amongst the title's platforms.
For those who aren't familiar with Scribblenauts, it's a series of puzzle platformers in which you play as Maxwell, a boy who owns a magical pad that brings to life whatever you write on its pages. To retrieve a star from a tree, you could, for example, summon an axe to chop the tree down, or a ladder to simply climb to the top. The Scribblenauts games allow for a huge amount of variation on puzzle solutions, as it contains a vast database of objects, animals, and people. Later games introduced adjectives, too, so you could set up fights between a tiny kraken and a giant pink mouse, or do whatever tickled your fancy, really.
Anyway, Scribblenauts Showdown appears to be a multiplayer spin on the formula, going by the ESRB's description.
This is a party/puzzle-platformer game in which players engage in a variety of tasks and mini-games using a selection of words/actions/modifiers/characters. Mini-games include fishing, racing, and using drones to deliver items. Players can type in random nouns and adjectives to create different word combinations that trigger comical scenarios. Some games/tasks prompt players to use “cartoony” weapons (e.g., bazookas, bombs, swords) to deplete the health meters of other characters.
Characters can also eat/bite other characters when prompted by a modifying word/trait. A handful of areas contain enemy characters (i.e., skeleton warriors) that will attack players if approached. During an eating-contest mini-game, players’ character may vomit if they consume too much food without swallowing; a comical “gagging” sound effect is heard, as well as brightly-colored green vomit.
An official announcement should follow soon.
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