A new mobile game – in effect a digital version of the popular board game Pictionary – has become, according to its owners, the fastest growing mobile game in history. The new game, simply entitled “Draw Something” involves players drawing a picture and then sending it to their friends who have to guess what it is. According to the game’s owners, it has been downloaded an astonishing fifty million times in around fifty days, a rate of approximately one million downloads every day.
As a result the game has shot to the top of Apple’s iPhone app tables and in the process has seen off some pretty heavy hitters.
So how exactly does the game work and, quite simply, is it any good?
To play the game you are given words or phrases which you then have to try to illustrate by creating a drawing on your tablet or smartphone. This image is then sent to your friend or other playing partner. If he or she guesses correctly it basically earns you credit which you can put towards buying additional items from the game, for instance, more colours for subsequent illustrations. It is simple to use, can be enjoyed by almost all age groups and is great fun for all the family. Most people are not that great at drawing and therein lies part of the game’s appeal – some of the pictures which are produced are truly funny. For best results you should really use a stylus for drawing images. There are plenty of good rubber-tipped ones available these days. Using more colours will also help, although unless you have earned extra credits as referred to above, you will need to purchase these.
According to the manufacturer, in excess of six million drawings have been created so far, although this could not be confirmed by Apple, who similarly could not confirm the manufacturers claims regarding the number of downloads.
The game is available at the present time on the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad as well as on Android devices.