Draw Something

Draw Something Review for iPhone

On: iPhone

Online turn-based drawing game in the style of Pictionary.

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7Out of 10
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Draw Something, the seemingly overnight sensation from recent $210 million Zynga acquisition OMGPOP, is a very simple concept that, if you ask me, spiralled out of the fact that somebody once sat down and invented the word drawsome. Well, that and Pictionary.

To say it's a simple isn't intended to cheapen it, however - this is a game that works precisely because it's minimalistic, ensuring your focus is always on the drawings rather than a laboured set of unnecessary mechanics. And, sure, it tells you you're drawsome when you get something right. Drawsome.

Rounds ping pong between two players, with the drawer choosing from a list of three words (tiered into easy, medium, and hard difficulties) and the drawee waiting for their chance to guess. It's all done asynchronously, too, meaning the application icon sits quietly in the corner of the screen next to other tempting life distractions such as Twitter and Mail. Once the player receiving the drawing has correctly guessed what it's supposed to be, the whole thing gets flipped and it's their turn to draw, well, something.

There's a very basic scoring system in place to ensure everything ticks over, and you can spend your amassed riches on either packs of new colours, or on bombs that can either reshuffle your list of words to draw or remove some letters on the board when it's your turn to guess. There's a basic tally system, but it doesn't really affect how you play the game.

It does, however, affect how you talk about it. Wasn't it guff when Andy ruined the game on, like, the eighth turn, but wasn't it amazing when your game with Neon went on for hundreds of rounds. Draw Something is all about fostering a connection between two players, telling silly stories with your drawings and opting to draw a picture of some mountains alongside a pair of breasts because you hope your partner will understand that you're trying to make an obscure Shakira reference.

The real treat is that drawings don't arrive fully-formed, but are instead assembled, stroke by stroke, while you watch. It's this exact same sense of inspection that turns Pictionary into a fun party game, because it's almost always more entertaining to watch the image in creation than it is to guess what it is, and OMGPOP is shrewd enough to capitalise on such canny emotion to great effect. Try starting a game with a stranger and writing hello before you draw your picture; the results can be great. Keep going down that path, though, and I imagine the game will end up as a hideous conduit for nefarious ChatRoulette antics - keep it civil, okay?

It's possible to cheat, of course, and just write what the other player is supposed to be getting. But what on Earth would be the point? The rewards are minimal, and grinding for coins seems completely irrelevant. There's no real set of victory conditions, and there's no leaderboards you can grind your way up.

The thing is, Draw Something isn't about the game you're playing, but about the friends you're playing with. It's a very basic game, then, but the fact it's a game comes second to the fact it's a laugh.

Version Tested: iPhone

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AndySpence@ squidman

I can confirm that you would benefit from a stylus.
Posted 15:36 on 16 April 2012
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EverTheOptimist@ squidman

Not a bad idea Martin. It'd be quality to have one person on your list who only sends a pic every 6 months because it takes them that long to draw it.
Posted 13:50 on 11 April 2012
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I've considered buying one of those stylus pens so my drawings can get increasingly elaborate.
Posted 13:15 on 11 April 2012
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My mate has started making his drawings ridiculously detailed, which is a good laugh and makes it much, much harder. The other day the word was 'leaf'. He drew a park.
Posted 11:42 on 11 April 2012
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I'm in love with this game! It's not very often a game will keep me coming back, but Draw Something has managed it. It's also the only game my girlfriend will sit with me and play (she still refuses to download it) My username is AndySpence for those who want to add me.
Posted 10:25 on 11 April 2012
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My own view on Draw Something is that it is a game that pays you back interest on the effort you put in. Having had thirty or so games running before my iPhone died, I had definite favourites; people who I would respond to as soon as I knew they had drawn, as opposed to the rest who were queued up and cleared when I got the time. Invariably, these people were the ones who evolved a style during out collaboration. My own drawings started out simple, but as I saw a word that I had successfully communicated before, I started to embellish the new drawing rather than just repeat it. And that is when it moves from timewaster to timesink.
Posted 10:11 on 11 April 2012
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munkee@ Endless

I wish you could have seen the process of my friend drawing Eminem for me. He managed to do it without drawing M&M's, haha.
Posted 10:00 on 11 April 2012
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Endless@ EverTheOptimist

The words I found difficult were those of celebrity names, pdiddy being one etc etc.
Posted 09:51 on 11 April 2012
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I'd have given it 6/10, so not much difference. The words I've had have all been pretty easy to guess (even the hardest, three coin ones) just because you only have a few letters to use so you can usually see it after a while.

I'm not smart though - I'd struggle to guess Kwanzaa, haha.
Posted 09:26 on 11 April 2012
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munkee@ Endless

I could say that about me and most triple A games too. just turn days into weeks and 3 quid into 30 quid.
Posted 18:40 on 10 April 2012
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Like every other mobile phone game, even exceptionally well crafted games, I enjoyed it for a couple of days on and off. And now I've totally lost interest. not engaging enough for me.
Posted 18:29 on 10 April 2012
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To say it's a simple isn't intended to cheapen it
It sounds much better in an N64 Mario voice.
Posted 17:13 on 10 April 2012
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CheekyLee was gushing over this game a little while back. Thanks to him its been my recent addiction. I'd also say that, even though the concept is solid, the execution is what makes it so much fun.

How many of you have ever tried drawing 'tribute', or 'kwanzaa', and genuinely hoped that the recipient guesses it correctly?
Posted 17:12 on 10 April 2012

Game Stats

Draw Something
Out of 10
Draw Something
  • Simple idea
  • Great execution
  • Asynchronous
  • Maybe too basic for some
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Release Date: 01/02/2012
Platform: iPhone
Developer: OMGPOP
Publisher: Zynga
Genre: Unknown
No. Players: 1 + Online
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 2,463 442
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