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Draw Something Review

Our Review by Rob Rich on March 5th, 2012
Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: DRAWSOME!!!
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So as it turns out, combining turn-based social multiplayer with something akin to Pictionary is utterly amazing. No, really. I'm not exaggerating.

Developer: OMGPOP
Price: FREE
Version: 1.1.6
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS
Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

I had no idea where to start with Draw Something, so I just dived right in. Started a "Random" game and just went with it. Several hours later and the only reason I even put my iPhone down is because I was waiting for someone (anyone!) to take their turn. Yeah, it's that awesome.

Matches in Draw Something are a two-person affair. The initiating player is given a list of three words to choose from, ranging in difficulty, length, and overall payout (1 to 3 coins), then they have to draw it. Once their turn is submitted, it's up to the other player to try and guess what the word is by pulling from a pool of scrambled letters. They guess right, and both players earn coins to be used in purchasing things like new color packs. They guess wrong and it's on to the next round. No biggie, really.

The best thing about Draw Something is that it's amazingly entertaining. The guessing player gets to watch the sketching happen in pseudo real-time, and it's not uncommon to figure out the answer before the sketch is even finished. Drawing is a hoot, too. Trying to figure out how to properly depict a given word in a manner that matches personal illustrative talents and should be somewhat guessable can be quite a challenge. In other words, no matter which turn a player is taking, it can be a lot of fun.

Aside from the agony of having to wait for someone to take their turn, something that I can't really fault the developers for, the only real problems I've had with Draw Something are of the sort that probably can't be avoided in the first place. Seeing as half of the experience is totally reliant on another person, ending up with a bad match is sometimes inevitable. I'm still rather disappointed that one of my team members (or whatever the proper term is since "opponent" doesn't really apply) decided to simply write out their work rather than try to draw something. It's also incredibly tough to draw small details using a touch screen and a finger. Adjusting pen sizes helps, but it's never perfect.

In all honesty though, Draw Something is glorious. That is, in fact, my "professional" opinion. It's something that belongs on everyone's iOS device. It's like Words with Friends with pictures, and that's certainly something worth getting excited about.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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