Draw Something iOS review

Draw Something iOS reviewIf you haven’t heard of Draw Something, I can only assume you’ve been in a coma for several weeks. So successful has Draw Something been, that evil freemium pioneer Zynga has forked out $210 million for its developer – OMGPOP. True story.

And if you haven’t been playing Draw Something, then you, sir, are officially an idiot.

I’m being facetious, of course. Draw Something is the latest social fad to sweep the smartphone nation, and it’s just that – a fad. I hope that doesn't sound completely damning. In fact, I'm enjoying Draw Something considerably.

How the hell does it work then? Draw Something is essentially Pictionary for your smartphone. That’s it in a nutshell. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s pretty unbelievable that no one has nailed it like OMGPOP before.

However, unlike Pictionary, there aren’t any rules. As such, you’ll often find your partners (Draw Something partners, that is) throwing in the odd number or letter here or there. Not that I’ve ever done anything like that. Honest.

On starting out, you have just four colours, namely black, blue, yellow and red. As such, it can be kinda tricky trying to draw stuff like Shrek. But don’t worry; you can use Draw Something’s in-game currency to buy more colours. Can you see where this is going?

Each time you draw, you have the choice of three items, rated: easy, medium or hard. If your partner guesses correctly, you win one, two or three gold coins respectively.

When it’s your turn to guess, you have a selection of letters to choose from, which makes the guessing process infinitely easier. Indeed, it’s often possible to hazard a Countdown conundrum-style guess without waiting for the pic to be revealed in full.

Amusingly, you can choose to watch your partner’s drawing attempt in real-time, or – if you’re in a hurry – you can skip straight to the finished product.

In theory, if you were a pair of absolute morons with far too much time on your hands, you could simply write the answer for your partner and quickly rack up coins. But where’s the fun in that?

Au contraire, I’ve been taking perverse pleasure in receiving “what the f**k is that supposed to be?!” texts, as a result of my obtuse visual clues. Indeed, it’s quite common to see people posting pictures on Facebook to get some friendly help.

Draw Something iOS review

But back to those coins. A set of colours will set you back 250 Draw Something credits. It’d take some time to save up, but – needless to say – you can fork out real cash to speed things along.

To be fair, the additional colours are a luxury. I’ve played countless games with the default colours. In fact, I’ve got enough to buy a couple of colour packs and it invariably slips my mind to do so.

Draw Something is initially free, with adverts, however you can pay 69p (seemingly that's a limited sale price) to remove the ads, and you get 2,000 more words, 400 coins and five free hints. Not too shabby.

Is it actually any good? Admittedly I’ve laughed a heck of a lot at Draw Something. Having incredibly immature friends, it’s quite common to see an erect penis make an appearance in any and all drawings. Grow up, guys. Ahem.

Despite its ludicrous popularity, I predict that Draw Something will be old news in a few months’ time, much like Words With Friends. Remember that was all the rage? Fancy a game now? Thought not.

My main gripe with Draw Something is that there’s no IM facility. As such, if you want to communicate with your partner, you have to veeery slowly write stuff on-screen with your big fat finger. Or send them a text. Or email. Or Facebook message. You get the idea. But it’d be nice if it was all integrated.

Also, I’d like the option to save pictures. If you’re quick – and if you remember – you can obviously take a screenshot with the home and lock buttons as per.

And that’s Draw Something. Check it out.

Pros

  • Grab it for free (with ads)
  • Nice bright interface
  • Cross-platform (iOS/Android)
  • Unintentionally hilarious

Cons

  • No one will be playing it in a few months' time
  • Only four colours to start
  • No IM facility

Summary: Draw Something is Pictionary on your smartphone. It’s great, however I expect interest will wane considerably in the coming months.

Developer: OMGPOP

Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

Price: free or 69p @ App Store

Draw Something iOS review

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21 comments

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:08

I got a goose with a **** on Draw Something...that was interesting.

blizzard7  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:10

SketchIt is way better (although still has some niggles).

MDrX  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:12

Great with friends but I haven't yet come across a random stranger who doesn't simply spell out the word.

Great, thanks, fancy emailing me instead..

blizzard7  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:12

Wait a minute, in the third picture you are drawing Paris, so you draw the UK and write "gay". What were you smoking?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:12

Firstly why does pen*s get stopped by the swear filter, it's the correct medical term? Secondly, Lewis, what does "gay" have to do with Paris (picture halfway down your article)?

blizzard7  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:14

Great with friends but I haven't yet come across a random stranger who doesn't simply spell out the word.

Great, thanks, fancy emailing me instead..


Haha yeah. It's as much fun as if I texted you a word, then you had to text me back that word.

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:18

Can't believe how much they paid for it, and I thought 69p sounded too much.

Never heard of Gay Paree?

blizzard7  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:19

Can't believe how much they paid for it, and I thought 69p sounded too much.

Never heard of Gay Paree?


I was thinking that, but what does that have to do with the UK?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:21

I was thinking that, but what does that have to do with the UK?
Good question, Lewis...?

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:21

Figured that was just to show where the place was and that it wasn't blackpool tower

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:22

Think the flag made that point quite effectively ;).

Pondlife  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:45

Depends when each bit was drawn?

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 17:50

You've got the UK in the top left and France in the bottom right. There's also - quite clearly - the, er, Eiffel Tower, along with 'gay Paris' (cheers, Pondlife) and a French flag. What could be easier?! :p

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 29, 2012 at 18:08

Lewis, in all honesty, on a scale of 1-10 how much did you just want to write "gay" and it be justified ;)?

Pondlife  Apr. 19, 2012 at 19:27

You seen the update Lewis?

lcurdie / MOD  Apr. 22, 2012 at 13:12

Finally: pull down to refresh!

Ooh, and comments. And saving. Not too shabby.

emmajk42 / MOD  May. 7, 2012 at 16:53

Been playing this on and off for about a week now, and I've had just about enough. I read somewhere that there are only 900 words in their repertoire, and I am seeing the same ones again and again. I just could not be bothered to draw Harry Potter one more time.

Pondlife  May. 7, 2012 at 17:12

Therein lies part of the problem I think and possible new article in that it's lost 5m of the 15m players

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/05/04/draw-something-loses-5m-users-a-month-after-zynga-purchase/

Nice graph unless you are zynga

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/insertcoin/files/2012/05/draw-something2.png

Still they are adding new words.
Zynga has already put into place an advertising plan for the game which has companies paying to have their words appear to be drawn by players. Think “Doritos” or “Pepsi” or “The Avengers.” This move is to combat the fact that unlike games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc, there really aren’t a lot of fake items that can be sold within the game for real world cash, other than a few new color options

emmajk42 / MOD  May. 7, 2012 at 17:18

Yeah I saw that graph earlier, pretty bad!!

blizzard7  May. 10, 2012 at 00:17

Therein lies part of the problem I think and possible new article in that it's lost 5m of the 15m players

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/05/04/draw-something-loses-5m-users-a-month-after-zynga-purchase/

Nice graph unless you are zynga

http://blogs-images.forbes.com/insertcoin/files/2012/05/draw-something2.png

Still they are adding new words.
Zynga has already put into place an advertising plan for the game which has companies paying to have their words appear to be drawn by players. Think “Doritos” or “Pepsi” or “The Avengers.” This move is to combat the fact that unlike games such as Farmville, Mafia Wars, etc, there really aren’t a lot of fake items that can be sold within the game for real world cash, other than a few new color options


You can tell Zynga don't have much experience. Buying a "hot" product because it's big for that month isn't how you make a long-term business work. You prop up one quarters earnings, then make a loss on the rest of the year.

Susiesunset  Aug. 27, 2014 at 08:10

Why can't i download Drawsomething? Keep getting Error ( marmalade v.7.3.0 message) help please??

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