Almost two months ago, I reviewed the smartphone sensation Draw Something (in a nutshell: Pictionary for your phone), ultimately praising the app but suggesting that – like former sensation Words With Friends – it was a mere social fad.
In the Cons section, I speculated: “No one will be playing it in a few months' time”. What a cynical bar steward. Was I bang on the proverbial money or way outta freakin’ line?
Shortly after reviewing Words With Friends, I scribbled the follow-up feature Still Addicted to Words With Friends, but two months later it was Smell you later (check out the fantastic comment at the bottom). Same again with Draw Something?
Well, personally, Draw Something fever shows no signs of abating. It’s become part of my routine; it’s something I just kinda… do. Whenever I finish work or take a break, for example, I check my texts and emails and Facebook messages, and quickly blast out some drawings.
Incidentally, it’s worrying how much time Draw Something can consume. Each turn has three components: you watch your partner guess your previous drawing, guess theirs, and finally – as it says on the tin – draw something. It all adds up. As such, Draw Something is banned during working hours.
Of the 14 games I have on the go (with actual friends), I’d say 10 of them are still active, with at least a few turns each day.
Scanning down my list of Facebook friends, one in four has Draw Something installed. That’s fairly impressive considering a) not all of my amigos have smartphones, and b) you don’t have to link to your Facebook account to play.
As for app support, Draw Something’s developer, OMGPOP (bought by Zynga for $210 million as a direct result of Draw Something’s monumental success), continues to throw in new words. Always welcome, as some words seem to pop up all too often; occasionally it’s possible to guess before your partner puts brush to canvas, particularly with longer words.
Something I didn’t mention in my original review is that the difficulty is all over the place. Some simple words like SCOTLAND yield three gold coins (not exactly hard to draw the good old saltire), while some of the trickier words are worth just one.
Going back to updates, a recent Draw Something download introduced comments (blink and you’ll miss them, however), a pull-down-to-refresh option on the main screen, and the ability to share pictures directly to Facebook and Twitter. Oh, and the turn counter now goes above 100. Ahem.
There are tons of Top X Draw Something Pictures charts floating around the cyberweb, but my absolute favourite piccie remains the naked black man lying seductively holding a… CUP. Genius.
Notable collections include this one (Tumblr) from some dude called Bobby, and Ignore Hitler (also Tumblr) – in which the guy always includes Hitler in his Draw Something pictures. Don’t worry; it’s all very Hitler-was-a-douche and inoffensive. Hitler playing the drums = awesome.
Clearly life in the old Draw Something dog yet then. The moral of the story: I’m an idiot. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got 10 Draw Something games to go catch up on. See ya.