As a DC Comics fan I enjoyed Scribblenauts Unmasked immensely.
Trying to create various semi-obscure characters just to see if they’re in the game by itself can be a fun experience, and the same could be said for trying to use the various characters’ powers and abilities in a creative way to react to the various challenges.
The Mxyzptlk challenges (having to play a stage with some restrictions such as only using animals, superheroes, words starting with a certain letter, etc.) can also help spice up things, should you choose to accept them, when you are not utterly ridiculous.
While it’s obvious not all characters and items are present the number and variety of the ones that are is incredible. I was personally kind of bummed I couldn’t summon, say, Lou Martin just to be pleasantly surprised later when I saw Vext or Shade the Changing Man pop out.
The story is really cute and permeated from start to finish with irony and a childlike sense of adventure. There’s a whole lot of little in-jokes from Batman refusing to use guns, to little hearts appearing over the heads of characters who are romantically involved with each other, to Maxwell time traveling to the past and asking Batgirl how her spine feels as a thank you after she saves him.
The problem with the game is that it might not be as appealing for a fan of Scribblenauts who is not into DC. When you strip it of the fanservice the game feels inferior to Unlimited. The random tasks add a lot of variety but they feel tacked-on and sometimes even break for no reason. It may happen that you enter a stage just to see a character with a task icon die miserably or conversely see a task complete without any input from the player. The game is also far more combat oriented than its predecessors and a lot of challenges can be completed simply by creating a lot of powerful superheroes. Last but not least, Unmasked is painfully short. There is only 12 main missions divided between 3 categories (Gotham, Metropolis and Justice League, which involves Oa, Atlantis, Themyscira and Central City), which are only a few minutes long, and 6 mini missions in which you help the main DC heroes (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Flash) through their origin story, which are even shorter.
In the end Scribblenauts Unmasked is a good game if you are a DC Comics fan and an ok game if you are a Scribblenauts fan, but if you are just interested in the series and trying to pick your first title, go with Unlimited instead.