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Released Between November 8th and 16th 2006[1]
Play It Nitrome.com Miniclip
Levels 25
Game Type Main Game
Genre Platformer, Puzzle
Websites Nitrome.com Miniclip
Controls
Instr-keyboard

PC Mouse Left Click - Draw Ink

Credits Design
Mat Annal
Jon Annal
Programming
Heather Stancliffe
Music
Lee Nicklen
Music Menu
Scribble Menu
Game
Scribble Main

Scribble is a platform-puzzle game released 2006. The player draws lines with a limited amount of ink to guide the various ink blots towards their goal. It is Nitrome's seventh released game.


Levels

These are the levels of Scribble.

Desert

In the desert there are cactuses and skulls as scenery. They don't hurt the blots. The sky is a sunset.

1-1

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This level introduces the controls and other main concepts to the game.

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Scribble level 1 Walkthrough02:53

Scribble level 1 Walkthrough

1-2

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This level introduces fire, bombs, keys, and gates to the level.

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Scribble level 2 Walkthrough01:48

Scribble level 2 Walkthrough

1-3

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This level introduces caterpillar doodles and anti-drawing zones to the game.

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Scribble level 3 Walkthrough01:43

Scribble level 3 Walkthrough

1-4

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This level introduces the concept of dying from a high cliff to the game.

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Scribble level 4 Walkthrough01:15

Scribble level 4 Walkthrough


1-5

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This is basically a challenge on what has been learned so far.

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Scribble level 5 Walkthrough01:43

Scribble level 5 Walkthrough

Hills

The hills have bones in the ground as scenery. The time of day is more midday. Trees and rocks are also scenery. There are roots hanging from overhead ground.

2-1

The Moon Apple Logo Incomplete section

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This level is a long tunnel, covered in spikes. The way through is to draw one line about 3/4 across the screen. Then, when the blots reach the end of that line, draw another. This way the lines are more recent, rather then one long line, all drawn at once, which would cause it to disappear quickly.

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Scribble level 6 Walkthrough01:19

Scribble level 6 Walkthrough

2-2

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This level introduces sand and winghead doodles to the game.

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Scribble level 7 Walkthrough02:03

Scribble level 7 Walkthrough

2-3

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This level introduces exploding doodles to the game.

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Scribble level 8 Walkthrough01:48

Scribble level 8 Walkthrough

2-4

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This level is almost entirely covered in anti-drawing zones. The player has to remove a caterpillar doodle with 10 segments before the blots reach it.

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Scribble level 9 Walkthrough01:54

Scribble level 9 Walkthrough

2-5

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In this level the blots enter from two different areas. The groups can merge through a small hole to make the level easier.

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Scribble level 10 Walkthrough01:52

Scribble level 10 Walkthrough


Caves

In the Caves, the rock is purple, hanging from the ceiling there are stalactites, and there are gems in the ground.

3-1

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In this level, the player must use exploding doodles to dig a tunnel to the flag.

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Scribble level 11 Walkthrough01:12

Scribble level 11 Walkthrough

3-2

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This level introduces fire doodles to the game.

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Scribble level 12 Walkthrough02:31

Scribble level 12 Walkthrough

3-3

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In this level, the player must again use exploding doodles to dig a path to the finish.

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Scribble level 13 Walkthrough03:02

Scribble level 13 Walkthrough

3-4

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This level introduces lasers to the game.

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Scribble level 14 Walkthrough01:25

Scribble level 14 Walkthrough

3-5

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This level is very puzzling. The fire doodles should be put out of the way, then the blots should be sent to get the key nearest to them and the exploding doodle to the left of the gate should be detonated to leave a hole in the floor. Then the other exploding doodles should be let out through the gate. They should be detonated in the hole that the other exploding doodle made. This will create a tunnel leading the blots to the flag.

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Scribble level 15 Walkthrough02:09

Scribble level 15 Walkthrough


Jungle

In the Jungle world, the platforms are wood and you can see trees and sunlight in the background.

4-1

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The easiest way to finish this level is to keep all the blots in the same area.

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Scribble level 16 Walkthrough01:18

Scribble level 16 Walkthrough

4-2

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This level introduces boulder doodles to the game.

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Scribble level 17 Walkthrough01:08

Scribble level 17 Walkthrough

4-3

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To finish this level, the second key from the left must be used, and then the blots must use timing to get to the flag on the other side of a boulder in an anti-drawing zone.

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Scribble level 18 Walkthrough01:13

Scribble level 18 Walkthrough

4-4

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In this level, three blot groups have to be tended to. The top and middle groups can be merged around halfway through the level, through a hole from an exploding doodle.

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Scribble - Level 19


4-5

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In this level, two groups have to be lead. The best advice would be to collect all the keys and detonate all the bombs.

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Scribble level 20 Walkthrough03:36

Scribble level 20 Walkthrough

Junk Yard

In this world, the ground is pipe. There are gears on the walls and floors and the sky is green.

5-1

The easiest way to finish this level is direct every blot to the same exit on each side.

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Scribble level 21 Walkthrough00:55

Scribble level 21 Walkthrough

5-2

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In this level, the exploding doodles must make a tunnel once again. The gate that leads to the flag can be removed by detonating an exploding doodle there.

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Scribble level 22 Walkthrough02:09

Scribble level 22 Walkthrough

5-3

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In this level, there is an area with lots of lasers in the beginning, a long set of spikes afterwards, and some digging right before the end. As usual, the player can lead them all to the same finish.

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Scribble level 23 Walkthrough02:33

Scribble level 23 Walkthrough

5-4

In this level, some keys should be collected, some should not. From the start, send the blots to the top-right corner. The player must detonate the bombs and send one blot into the holes to get the keys inside them. (right first.) After opening the gate for the other blots, the player can leave the solo blot alone, as it will wonder into a one blot finish.

The group has to go down the hole the gate unlocked. Down there, they have to wander through the anti-drawing zone, the player doesn't have to worry about the key inside it. On this entire route, the player should take the first, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, (the solo blot will just wonder into the ninth), and 11th keys that the blots come to.

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Scribble level 24 Walkthrough02:36

Scribble level 24 Walkthrough

5-5

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This level, the final level, surprisingly, isn't all that hard. It's just fast paced. The level is full of lasers. They need to be blocked as the blots climb to the top of the level, where the finish is.

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Scribble level 25 Walkthrough01:28

Scribble level 25 Walkthrough

Ending

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Scribble


Interactive Objects

The objects the blots and the lines can interact with:
End skull2

The end button

  • Lines - Blots and some enemies can interact with them. Fire will burn them. The ink meter at the top of the screen shows how much ink you have left to draw lines. After a while the line(s) will start to disappear. This or a fire burning them will refill the ink meter. Drawing a wall will turn the blots or the enemy around.
  • Signs - Signs hang from the ceiling. They show information about the game.
  • Spikes - Spikes will kill blots on contact.
  • Fire - Fire kills blots and burns lines like candle wicks. If lines are used as a fuse from fire to a bomb the bomb will explode.
  • Bombs - Bombs create explosions, used to remove anything in its range - including blots. A bomb will detonate if a line is drawn from fire to one.
  • Keys - Keys open gates when retrieved by a blot.
  • Gates - Gates are opened by keys.
  • Anti-drawing zones - Anti-drawing zone look like rainbow colored splotches. As the name implies, the player can not draw in these zones.
  • Sand - Lines can be used to dig through sand.
  • Lasers - Lasers will kill a blot if one hits them. Lines will block them.

Enemies

These are the enemies of Scribble:

  • Pear doodles - They are the basic enemies and can walk on lines.
  • Caterpillar doodles - Caterpillar doodles have several segments and a head. Vertical lines will split them until only one segment and a head remain. If split further, the doodle is destroyed.
  • Winghead doodles - They will bounce off the walls and lines.
  • Exploding doodles - Exploding doodles will explode if in a confined space or in contact with fire.
  • Fire doodles - Fire doodles will burn lines like fire. They will not react to lines (as they burn on contact) with the exception that lines will still turn them around.
  • Bouler doodles - Boulder doodles will slowly fly upwards, and then they will crash down to the ground. Lines will block them, like lasers.

Awards

Site/Event Year Contest Prize Outcome
Jay is Games 2007 Best of Casual Gameplay 2006 Best Platform game of 2006 Nominated - Fourth place (11% of votes)

Trivia

  • The concept of drawing lines to guide the blots to their goal is a lot like the concept of Sandman, in which the player sprinkles sand on the ground which the Sleepwalkers can interact with.
  • Lines are also used in Magic Touch.
  • The in-game music is a variation of the William Tell Overture theme by Rossini.[2]
  • The inspiration for the look of the blots in the game Scribble were old Disney cartoons. According to Mat Annal, specifically the "white face and big noses" of these characters were inspired by these cartoons.[3]

References

  1. Internet Archive Wayback Machine: November 8th 2006 (without Scribble), November 16th 2006 (with Scribble)
  2. See Rossini: William Tell Overture: Finale accessed 18 Sept 2011
  3. Under the "Comments" tab on Mat Annal's Pixel Joint profile, this comment can be found: "Looks really good...I like it. I assume your refering to our Scribble game when you say nitrome-ish....we were inspired by old disney cartoons for the look...well for the white face and big noses anyway :)". This comment was a response to this pixel art upload.

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