Product Type: Sega Nintendo DS games
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Pictoimage - good value?
Member Name: Luvlylana
Advantages: Will keep you guessing for ages
Disadvantages: Could eventually lead you to be very frustrated
Strolling through Tescos back in November, I decided to take a look down the entertainment aisle. After putting back the DVDs I'd realised I already had (idiot), I made my way down to the games section.
Browsing the titles, I looked at the Nintendo DS games, muttering about how expensive the games were considering they're only little cartridges, when I stumbled upon Pictoimage.
A Little Background Information
The game was released by Sega in August 2008, exclusively on Nintendo DS. It fits in the puzzle genre, and can be played by 1-8 players on wireless ds single-card download play, and on wireless ds multi-card play.
The Entertainment Software Rating Board gave the game an E, due to Alcohol Reference and Comic Mischief. The Pan European Game Information or PEGI age rating is 3+, though as the game is fairly customisable, you are really able to alter the rating according to what you do to the game!
Official game website - http://www.sega.co.uk/games/?g=281
The Game Basis
Pictoimage is built on a library of 300 image drawn by people of all ages, depicting a range of items, animals and emotions. It is then the aim of the single player to identify these items and guess them. The tag line for the game is 'sketch and guess on your DS!'
As far as I can remember, the ages of the people drawing the pictures ranges from 3 to around 70. As a result, the difficulty of guessing the pictures also ranges. I found that images drawn by very young children were almost impossible to identify, teenagers and middle-aged people were fantastic artists making it fairly easy, and the older adults returned to being poor artists!
Single Player Mode
You start the game by picking a letter to represent your player profile, then add your name. Click single player, then pictoimage, and you access the main game as described above. You score points for each correct guess - five for getting it right first time, and two for getting it after two or more times.
Collecting points allows you to unlock other "characters" to use for your profile and colours to draw on the free-draw part of the game.
There is also a 'How-To-Draw' section, which is like a drawing tutorial. You can learn to draw animals, objects, food and other objects. When you complete a drawing tutorial, it says "well done" next to the name of the thing you've just drawn.
Then there is pictoimage for two, where you and a friend can take it in turns to draw and guess on one DS.
A gallery is available for you to draw your own pictures, and save the ones you think are particularly good.
If you touch multi-player, then create a group, your friends can then join you via Nintendo DS download play. Press start when everyone has joined your group. You can then set rules for the game, such as:
Words - changes the number of words/questions in the game
Hints - if it is set to on, a hint (in the form of a letter) will be given after a certain amount of time
Roulette - this allows you to change several factors such as 1-touch(when your pen leaves the screen you can't draw anymore), chance(not really sure what this does...), sponge (rubs away what you draw as you are drawing), blind (you can't see what you're drawing), spin (you draw at a different angle to what comes up on the screen) and no hints.
There are then five multi-player games to play:
Classic play - 2-8 players - just like the 'pictoimage for two' game i mentioned earlier, only obviously more of you can play it
Team play - 4/6/8 players - same style only you are now in teams, and you can ban words to make it harder for the other team to guess. For example if it is a picture of a t-shirt, you can ban the word 'top' to make the other team lose points if that's what they guess it is.
Picture race - 2 players - you take turns drawing and guessing to get the character Penzel from one side of the screen to the other within a certain time limit
Grade play - 3-8 players - you are all given a rank, and the player with the lowest rank draws the image, it's then displayed to the other players in order of their rank. If the player of the highest rank cannot guess it, their rank drops to the lowest rank
Picture pass - 3-8 players - this is pretty much like chinese whispers, only the subject is passed by a drawing. The person at the end has to guess the subject from the drawings within the given time limit.
The only problem with the multi-player games is that if you want to play another type of game after you've completed your game, you have to switch the DS and create the group again - something me and my friends found VERY irritating!
You will find the settings under the title of 'extras'. You can change:
Player ID - You can change your player character and also change your nickname in this menu.
My Words - you can add your own custom words (meaning rude ones can be put in hence me saying you can change the game rating!). You can add a total of 50 of your own words, and then when you play multi-player games you can change the words in the game to your custom words.
Ranking - you can see where each player is in the ranks, and what records have been set.
Delete data - This clears all your saved data, but you cannot recover any of it if you choose to do this.
I bought this in store at Tescos for just over £12 - what a bargain! I think it is now available for £9.98, but that's either in Game or in HMV - I can't remember which so if you're interested go and have a look at both places!
I think for the price, the game was well worth the gamble. I highly doubt I would spend the usual price of a DS game on it, but it has kept me occupied for quite a long time, and the multi-player mode makes for even more longevity.
It is recommended to kids and grown-ups alike.
(As written for Ciao.co.uk)
Summary: Good value for money game for kids and adults
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