2012 was all about Draw Something. It frequented the top of the App Store’s charts for the best part of the year, and cluttered up Facebook feeds the world over, much to the annoyance of some. Come 2013, however, the hype around the app has slowly fizzled away, and Draw Something has now been replaced by the likes of Hay Day and Candy Crush Saga in popularity.
Well, now Draw Something is back under the title of Draw Something 2, and is supposedly better than ever since being bought by games giant Zynga, but has Zynga got what it takes to get the Draw Something series back to number one? Find out after the jump!
In a Nutshell
Draw Something is a two-player doodling game in which both participants must correctly guess the word that the other person has drawn, and vice versa. Each word is worth a certain amount of Coins, with the amount depending on the difficulty of the word in question. For example, a car would theoretically be a whole lot easier to draw than, say, a scene from the movie Up, therefore the latter would receive multiple Coins instead of just one.
Stars can be earned through completing Achievements. These range from purchasing a certain amount of items from the Shop to earning a specific number of Coins, ‘liking’ the work of others, and so forth.
You vs. Them
Zynga has enlisted celebrities such as Ryan Seacrest, Will.i.am, and Carly Rae Jepsen to play and endorse Draw Something 2. However, it is not immediately clear how to access their profile or initiate a match, therefore a directory of celebrity players would be beneficial here.
If playing against famous faces is not your thing, then you can always complete against your Facebook buddies, Contact List, or other Draw Something 2 players instead. Simply start a new game and then select an opponent from the list to begin.
Ready, Steady, Draw!
There are four styles of play available in Draw Something 2: Classic, Quick Match, Quick Guess, and Free Draw.
Connect via Facebook, or allow Draw Something 2 access to your Contact List in order to compete against friends and family. Alternatively, enter a username to battle a specific person.
Play against a random opponent in Quick Match. Select a word, draw the corresponding picture, and then Draw Something 2 will send it to a player identified only by their username.
Quick Guess is a quick and easy way to earn Coins and Stars, although there is a waiting period between each game. Draw Something 2 will select a pre-drawn picture which you have to then guess in order to earn the specified prize.
Free Draw enables you to draw whatever you please and then send it a friend via Facebook or Twitter, or to a current opponent if you prefer. It is ideal for those who wish to draw a picture without committing to a match.
Tools of the Trade
Draw Something 2 includes a large selection of drawing tools, each one varying in appearance. Now, along with the plain ol’ Pencil, you have the option of using a Pattern Pencil, Highlighter, Pixel Pencil, Watercolour Brush, Sparkle Pen, Crayon, Spray Paint, and even a Stamp tool but, of course, only a handful of these come as standard.
Additional tools and colours can be bought in the Shop in exchange for Coins and Stars. I like that there is an option to buy each colour individually as well as in a bundle because, more often than not, only one shade from each bundle is needed to complete each drawing.
If you are running low on Coins and Stars, these can also be acquired via an in-app purchase with prices starting from $2, although some can be earned for free by visiting or signing up to affiliate links.
Track the activity of your favourite players by tapping the Follow button next to their username. This will display their every move on your personalised Facebook-style feed located on the Home screen. From here, you can like or comment on every drawing that the person you are following creates, in addition to the work that particular person has liked or commented on, too.
Zynga has integrated a Chat feature in Draw Something 2, meaning that you can now converse with your fellow players via the app. Tapping the Restricted Mode setting will disable all social access within Draw Something 2, which is ideal for concerned parents whose children are a fan of the game.
Browse and Bookmark
Visit the Gallery to discover new masterpieces created by various Draw Something 2 users. Every drawing in the Gallery can be downloaded to your iDevice or shared via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. You can also comment or like a particular piece of artwork, too, or set it as your Draw Something 2 profile picture.
Draw Something 2 is an entertaining sequel to the Pictionary-esque drawing game we all know and love. It is clear that the developer has taken onboard the comments and suggestions of Draw Something devotees and implemented them in this second instalment, which is sure to please fans of the series.
I like that there are a wide range of tools and colours available to create each picture, and the ability to play against and follow celebrities makes Draw Something 2 even more addictive than its predecessor. Overall, Draw Something 2 is a fun pick-up-and-play title, and a game that players of all ages will enjoy.
Draw, guess, then draw some more with Draw Something 2.8
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