Scribble Hero takes a page from such classics as Smash TV, with a static 2D screen with enemies approaching from all sides. Except in this case, MTV Network's charming iPhone and iPad title dials down the violence considerably, opting for a cute notebook presentation that brings to mind the types of doodles most students draw in elementary school. You know, instead of paying attention in math, English and science class. Combine that with intense arcade style shooting, and you have a recipe for a winner.
The plot, unsurprisingly, relies on boy rescues girl. In this case, a young man named Sketch sets off through 50 challenging levels to save his fair maiden, the beautiful Dot, from the clutches of some nasty aliens, with names like Triblorb and Dracopede. That said, each board takes place across two pages of the notebook, and the direction Sketch shoots depends on which side (left/right) he's on, achieved by simply dragging a finger across the divide. You also have the option of leaving him stationary and then targeting baddies individually, but the more intense stages render this option unusable.
Enemies, meanwhile, come in all types, from menacing robots to critters that leave behind a trail of slime that, when interacted with, impedes Sketch's progress. Thankfully, our hero can fight back with a wide assortment of weapons and gear, acquired using gold coins picked up in battle or through in-app purchase.
Guns include the multi-shot Matter Scatterer, bomb-spewing Berzooka and all-powerful Doodle Destroyer; you can watch a preview of these toys before making the purchase. Beyond that, Sketch can toss bombs, encase himself within an eraser shield and make use of a money magnet that inhales those precious coins. You can even bring helpful sidekicks into battle, most notably Cybark, a mechanical dog that fires gears, and Zombert, a zombie that absorbs bullets. You know, instead of devouring brains.
All of this makes Scribble Hero $0.99 well spent. If you're in the mood for a quality shooter at a budget price and one appropriate for all ages, you can't go wrong with this imaginative blast-a-thon.
What's Hot:Attractive storybook designs, intense arcade style blasting, a satisfying mix of weapons and gadgets.
What's Not:Takes a lot of grinding to afford the best items, slight learning curve with the controls.