There’s yet another extremely popular mobile app floating around the mobile web, and once you download OMGPOP’s Draw Something app and get a game going, it’s actually quite difficult to stop.
Unlike other popular mobile games like Angry Birds or Temple Run, the new Draw Something app really taps into its users’ creative side and gives them the opportunity to play virtual Pictionary with other users.
Draw anything you can think of with the Draw Something app. And if you draw it right, you'll be drawsome.
The first thing you need to know is that this is a drawing app specifically designed for mobile devices. You can’t access this app via the web because it uses your mobile device’s touchscreen for drawing.
Here’s how it works:
Connect by Facebook or email: Once you’ve installed the app, you’ll be asked to create your Draw Something account by connecting to Facebook or email.
Find friends: You can start a game with friends on Facebook or email who are already playing Draw Something, or invite them to download the app and start playing. You can also choose random players to play against. The app will match you up with a random user.
Start drawing: You are given three words rated easy, medium and hard. The harder the word, the more coins you’ll earn. Choose a word to draw and use the color palette and your finger to draw an image that best describes the word you chose.
Guess the word: The other user must correctly guess the word using the letters given to them in order to earn full points. Users can also press “Pass” to skip their turn if a word can’t be figured out. This erases all game progress and starts the match over again.
Essentially, you and your opponent go back and forth drawing images and guessing each other’s words. When you start, you are given five “bombs” that you can use to blow up letters or to choose another set of three words for drawing.
The more points you earn, the more color pallets you’ll be able to buy. You can also use your points to buy larger sets of bombs. From the home screen, simply navigate to “Shop” to buy larger sets of bombs.
Available for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad
One of the greatest things about the Draw Something app is that it can be enjoyed by anyone with most major smartphone and tablet computer platforms. You’re not restricted to play with just iPhone users or just Android users.
Of course, you can’t play on a regular laptop or Blackberry device, but the fact that the developers have made it available for iOS devices and Android gives it a huge advantage simply because you’ll be able to play with more people.
Draw Something Is Free!
Now that’s what mobile gamers love to hear. It’s free. But like many free apps, there is a full paid version, which gives you more features such as a greater selection of words, more bombs, coins and hints.
It’s hard to complain when there’s a great free version and an option to upgrade to a full version. If you’re strapped for cash to throw at Apple or Google, it’s perfectly possible to get full drawsome satisfaction from simply enjoying the free version of Draw Something.
Draw Something: Does It Really Live Up to All the Hype?
I personally skipped downloading the free version and bought the paid app straight away for the sale price of $0.99 (regularly $1.99 from iTunes).
After my first game with a random user, I understood why this app saw over 12 million downloads and a number spot on both the App Store and Google Play (formerly known as the Android Market). It’s highly addictive, and I’d say that it does indeed live up to all of the hype.
If you like to doodle, this app is a must-have. The game is pretty convenient too, since it’s played turn-by-turn, so you can play almost whenever and where you want.
I highly recommend this app for iPad or tablet users. The screen is bigger, giving you more room to doodle and move your fingers around freely. I haven’t tried it on a smaller screen yet, but I can imagine that it must feel a lot more cramped compared to drawing on the iPad.
Although still a baby in the app world, it’s done amazingly well for being so new.