If 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.
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.
- Grab it for free (with ads)
- Nice bright interface
- Cross-platform (iOS/Android)
- Unintentionally hilarious
- 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.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.