Unlike previous entries in the series, Scribblenauts Showdown is multiplayer-oriented. Up to four players compete against each other in over 25 mini-games, including "wordy-type" and "speedy-type" games which offer various challenges. The game also offers a sandbox mode more akin to previous entries, with 8 different levels to explore.
After the cancellation of Scribblenauts: Fighting Words, developer 5th Cell announced heavy layoffs, downsizing the company to a fraction of its former size. As such, Scribblenauts Showdown is being developed by Shiver Entertainment, the first game in the series to be developed by a studio other than 5th Cell.
- It is one of the only Scribblenauts games not to be released on the DS.
- The word dictionary is now over 35,000.
- It is the first game in the series to have the main part of the game as multiplayer