The original Draw Something was a bit of a social gaming phenomenon, and saw Zynga snap up the title – along with developer OMGPOP – for a whopping $210 million.
Alas, as the saying goes, all good social gaming phenomena must come to an end (see: Words With Friends, which was everywhere at one point), and there was a huge drop-off in play – from 15 million to 10 million in the month after Zynga’s purchase.
One year later, with Draw Something 2, Zynga aims to inject the fun back into proceedings. But is there life in the old app yet?
The answer to that question is: well, yeah, kinda. It depends how much you like stupid social stuff.
While the original Draw Something was fairly straight forward, Draw Something 2 is an absolute friggin’ mess of features. It’s almost like they’ve tried to create an entire social network around the game.
The first thing you encounter in Draw Something 2 is the tutorial, wherein you’re tasked with drawing something for a celebrity who will – realistically – never draw anything back. Screw you, Carly Rae Jepsen. I spent ages drawing that RAINBOW.
There are no less than five tabs along the bottom in Draw Something 2, namely Home, My Games, New, Gallery and Me. Phew.
Under Home, you’ll find what’s effectively a News Feed of pictures that people have liked. There are also Facebook-style comments. Hmm. Interestingly, however, you can watch how the pictures were drawn; that much I like.
My Games does what it says on the tin, and is the most familiar looking screen in Draw Something 2. There’s now a Daily Guess for bonus coinage.
New is where you can hook up with Facebook friends, contacts from your phone, and randoms. There’s also the option to Free Draw, which is nice. Er, not that I’ve used it.
Gallery has all the stuff from Home, and here you can also view My Drawings. When you complete a drawing, you have the option to add captions, and share it and stuff. Yawn.
Finally, Me shows how many drawings you’ve completed, how many followers you have, Recommended Artists, Achievements…
It’s all very convoluted, and I can’t say I’m particularly enamoured with any of it. Really, I just want to sit and draw pictures for my mates.
As for the drawing (let’s not forget that that’s why we’re actually here), there are all sorts of fancy new tools, some great, some not so much, including Pattern Pencil, Highlighter (draw with transparency), Pixel Pencil and Watercolour Brush.
And that’s Draw Something 2: an insanely complex social network wannabe, behind which lurks a slightly enhanced Draw Something with a few extra tools.
- There’s, eh, lots going on
- Some nice new tools
- Some funky wee tunes here and there
- It’s so freakin’ convoluted
- Is it a social network or a drawing game?
- There’s no iPad version
Summary: Draw Something 2 is Draw Something wrapped up in a whole bunch of social networking nonsense. It’s fine, but if you lost interest in the original game, chances are you won’t be overly excited by this.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.