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Draw Something


13:3012/04/2012Posted by Charles Etheridge-NunnNo Comments

Draw Something is a game in the loosest possible sense. Fortunately, we also mean that in the best possible way. It’s still a game, certainly, but it’s more akin to that of an odd ping pong match, and with plenty of art and no losers; you both win, as long as you can keep that ball in the air. There’s no prize and no end to this game, either.

It’s a simple idea that works well with a touch screen – it’s Pictionary, but on an iPhone or Android, or on a tablet-type device if you want to show off and look like you’re a better artist than those clumsily stabbing their screens with a chubby wotsit-covered finger as a paintbrush. Not that we’re bitter.

You add a friend or pick a random player, if you don’t fear lazy artists writing the word you’re supposed to be guessing or filling your screen with scrawled private parts. You get a choice of three words, each of (apparently) increasing complexity or specificity, and then have to draw it.

The other player gets an image of say, an evil, swivel-headed owl and is given a handful of letters to guess what makes up the word. If they succeed, you both get coins and the volley returns at you, this time perhaps with a drawing of Shakira or a lion, and so your number goes up as you return volleys to and fro.

There are tricks you can pull in this game. When someone has to guess your image, they see it all appear in real-time. Sure, you can skip it, but this crude animation process can work in your favour. Draw a rocket at the bottom of the screen, then rub it out, draw the word BOOM!, rub it out, then make a multi-coloured explosion and you have fireworks. Or go through a few things which might mean “Nail”. You might draw a dour singer and write, “Jimmy”, then realise that your friend is thick and draw a nail getting hammered in. You might even add limitations for yourself, such as sticking to a specific theme (drawing Batman in every picture could be fun for a while).

It’s a perfect game for a phone. It takes minutes at best, and once you get over the horror of how bad an artist you are, there’s the realisation that everyone is a bad artist when it comes to this medium. With enough coins you can afford new colours, and there are bombs which allow you to change your word choice when picking what to draw, or your letter choice when guessing. Of course, you can get more of the in-game currency with money, but with a dozen or so games going back and forth, it won’t take a million years until you can afford a new palette from your pictures alone. In a roundabout way, you’re being paid in-game for your efforts. It won’t take long before you can pick your first palette purchase, allowing you to make the drawings as intricate or weird as you like. Preferably weird.

This is a game which has a free version, so as long as you have a device capable of using it, and at least one friend (or randoms to prey upon with your crude pictures of scrawled genitals) then this game makes for the perfect time-sink. And once you’ve got it and enjoy it, why not pay the 69p, you cheap sod? It’s just over a third of a quid for this much fun!

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