No doubt most of you who use twitter have come across Draw Something by now, and may even have given it a go and realised how much time you will be spending on it in the coming days!
For those that haven’t taken the plunge and downloaded this game, this introduction is for you!
Draw Something is a multi-platform mobile version of Pictionary, in which you play against other Draw Something players. The object of the game is to describe a word using drawings, which allows you to level up, earn coins and buy new colours to help you draw your childlike pictures.
The game allows you to start a game with someone you know by entering an email or username, or a random game. Each game is just the two of you and is turn based, so there’s no time limits to worry about. The person who starts the game is given a list of 3 words which have increasing difficulty. The harder the word, the more coin you get as a reward if your opponent gets it right. Once sent, the other person gets to guess the word that your drawings is describing, and then draw their own picture for you to guess. If any player can’t guess the correct answer, it resets your turn streak with that player and starts a new game. The player guessing the work has several letter tiles to choose from to create the work, and tiles can be shuffled at any time. Some tiles can be removed by using one of the ‘bombs’ to make the choice a bit easier.
The best part for me in this game is seeing people laugh at your drawing, which looks like an ill thought out attempt by a toddler, only to find out that’s all they can do! (That’s you, @Fysi!)
Whilst the game is good for the most part, there are some things that can be quite annoying. On some random matches, you can be paired up with someone who thinks it is much better to just write their word, rather then actually trying. Another is that some people start a game with you, and then never continue it, although you can remove games by holding down/swiping next to the play button). Saying that, it’s not a fault by the developers. It’s just some people abusing the game, or not bothering to play. Damn those pesky huamns…
Another issue is that it forces drawings to be done in portrait, rather than landscape. This can make it rather hard to draw something on smaller screens. I doubt this will be an issue for those with tablets though.
I personally have the paid for app. After spending a day or so using the free version from the Play Shop, I decided it was well worth my 62p. The advantage of being paid rather than free is no ads, and 400 coins and 5 more bombs to use in game to blow away random letters.
Sure, this may well be a ‘fad’ app, much like Angry Birds, but it is perfect for wasting time, especially with friends.
I’d give Draw Something a score of 4/5. It would be 5/5 if it would allow me to rotate, or was forced into landscape instead.