Product Type: OMGPOP software for handheld and PDAs
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Draw Something (iPhone Application)
Member Name: helenc72
Draw Something (iPhone Application)
Advantages: Fun, easy to play, free
Disadvantages: Occasional glitches
I decided to treat myself to an iPad 3 a couple of months ago, justifying it because it would be really useful for my studies as I could take it to tutorials and refer to my textbooks in PDF rather than carrying a number of back breakingly heavy books around with me every day. The iPad is great for that but of course I do use it for fun too! Draw Something is one of my favourite apps which I have downloaded and I have played it quite regularly since I got the iPad.
Draw Something can be downloaded in a free version which includes some adverts which briefly show on screen before you click through to your turn. There is also a paid version but I only have the free one, so I can't comment on whether paying is worth it. The free version is the full app and I think the only difference is the ads. Other people who I know with Draw Something also just have the free one.
The game is quite similar to the well known game Pictionary. To play Draw Something, you are given three choices of words to draw. These range from easy to medium to hard, with harder ones being worth more coins. You draw the word with your fingers on the touch screen and the other player watches. The other player has certain letters at the bottom of their screen as they watch, including the letters needed to create the word. If they guess correctly, you both get points.
Drawing on the app is easy and fun. You start off with a limited number of colours but you can "buy" more with the coins you win for guessing correctly. You generally need about 249 coins to purchase a pack of colours and it is not too long or hard to get enough coins if you play it quite regularly. I have bought quite a few extra colour packs. The original colours you get are a bit limited and most notably there is no green, meaning some supposedly easy words for example pea or tree could be quite hard to draw! It is not possible to mix colours - if for example you try to mix green by colouring yellow then blue on top, only the blue will show up. You have different thicknesses of brush to choose from and there is also an eraser which can be made thicker or thinner. The tools are not too fancy and are similar to basic ms paint type brushes, but most people seem to stick to fairly simple drawings so it is fine!
As well as buying extra colour packs you can also buy "bombs". These can be used in two ways, either to reduce the letters on screen when guessing a word, to make the guessing easier, or to purchase a wider choice of words to draw and access the bonus themed words which can often give you he possibility of earning a lot more coins, e.g. Sometimes about 9 coins can be won per word compared to max 3 for a normal hard word.
To find competitors you can link it to your Facebook and play your friends or alternatively you can seek a game and the app finds a random player for you. I like to do this to find others willing to play although you do find some on there who don't play properly and insist on just writing the word, which defeats the object in my opinion! It is worth mentioning that you don't need to be online at the same time. You do your move then the other responds when they see it which can be within a few minutes or a few days.
The one negative which I have to mention is that the app can occasionally be glitchy. On A few occasions it seems to have lost drawings or has not alerted my opponent of my move. The other day I drew "gangnam style" for my sister and she told me she had seen it and sent me a picture back, but it never appeared! Now neither of us can go as it says it's the other ones turn to each of us which doesn't make sense. This is a bit annoying.
Apart from the odd glitch I do really like this game and I think it is great fun entertainment for free. I would recommend it to anyone with an iPad of iPhone.
Summary: A fun app
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