Product Type: THQ Wii games
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Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter (Wii)
Member Name: screedsean
Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter (Wii)
Advantages: Great customizable gameplay that interfaces with the Wii controller well.
Disadvantages: drawing can be hard for some and a few glitches
This game is the follow up to the Drawn to life game that was only released on the Nintendo DS, so now having completed its transfer to a full gaming console how good is it? This game is a platform game but is actually very different to most of the games out there at the moment and almost reminds me of Rayman due to the characters movement and how the game is laid out.
Before starting the game you have to create your character which we are seeing more and more often now in Role-play games such as the elder scrolls games and many others. What separates this game from others though is that instead of selecting your character from pre-sets like on the Sims and other games you actually use the Wii controller to draw your character in a way that reminds me of Microsoft paint. This painting interface allows you to do whatever you want really and is great fun for small kids, though you can actually be very accurate with it if you want which is handy and allows for great customizable gameplay.
To set the scene this game is centred around the small village of Raposa that's in dire need of your help. Everything is made from a magic book that has been drawn by the creator (you) and you need to draw your character (the hero) and go through the game helping people and trying to find one of the villagers that has been kidnapped. On your adventure you must traverse many different levels and find many different things on the way to your main goal.
After drawing your character you start the game and after some dialogue you are set free in the village with a walkthrough that is integrated into the game so you can learn how to do things as you go and you meet new things all through the game and are taught how to do more and more. Basically you just have to do what you are told to do which is great for kids as it makes the game challenging to pass obstacles but doesn't make the game too hard or boring as you are always working towards a quest and you know what you are meant to do.
The first scene is the Raposa village that has many doors, people to talk to and entrances to different levels. Each entrance has about five different levels to complete and each entrance is set in a very different scene to vary the gameplay; so some are forest and some mountains etc. As you find out in the walkthrough you will come across many blank spaces on your quests that you have to use the Wii remote to draw and fill in things to climb upon to progress through levels. If you're not good at drawing you don't have to worry as there are many templates that you can use but I find that this integration of drawing is a very good idea that changes the gameplay and lets you really play in a game that you have helped to design and create. You can also alter any of your drawings in one of the places in the Raposa village at any time which can be very handy.
In each of the levels there are many things to collect such as gold coins which can be used to buy new bits for your character when the shop opens later. Certain things like glasses or hats can be bought to make your game yet more customized. Different templates can also be bought and you can find collectable stamps in levels too. Each level also has an extra achievement that ranges from completing it in a certain time to other tasks like coin collection to give you even more hours of fun.
Like most platform games you normally start at the bottom left of the level and work your way up or to the right to finish the level and you collect items and coins on the way and have to jump/swing or draw your way there while avoiding or killing enemies. Basically you can either be killed by enemies or fall to your death but you have lots of lives and can collect more on your way through each level.
There is no multiplayer option on this game which is a slight disappointment and there is only one actual game play mode so the game is a little repetitive after a while but as it isn't the kind of game that would suit inline gameplay I feel that has been made very well for its type and is actually very addictive for most ages even though it is aimed at the younger generation.
---GRAPHICS AND SOUND---
The game is actually quite simple and cartoony styled but it works very well and your character moves quite realistically seeing as you have drawn him yourself. The only slight annoyance is that on some obstacles you seem to 'float' above the drawn object. Most of the time the drawing interface works well yet there are just a few subtle glitches. Templates make the game look a lot better but if you zoom in and spend time drawing you can make the game look very good and theme it to however you want.
In terms of the sound in the game the sound effects work very well and are much more fitting than some of the games I have played that are aimed at this kind of age range. You cannot change the voice of the character but overall I think the sounds are very good and don't get too repetitive and boring/annoying.
In terms of how long this game takes, well it depends on how long you spend drawing things but there are well over 20 levels and many more additional quests to complete so it will keep you going for at least 30 hours which is really good for a Wii platform game in my opinion. In most levels the enemies are easy to avoid or kill but seeing as this game is aimed at younger children this is acceptable and expected.
All in all this game is very good and very different to most games on the market. If you enjoy drawing and customizing things then this game will surely appeal to you and provides lots of fun. I actually enjoy it a lot myself even though I am a little old for this game. I bought this game for around £7 online but it can probably be found cheaper now and I would certainly say that it is good value for money.
Summary: good customizable gamplay and at a cheap price
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