Simply Drawsome

By Zachary Gray

Move aside Words With Friends, Scramble With Friends, and whatever else is done with friends. The newest sensation in smartphone gaming is here, and it’s arguably the most creative. “Draw Something” is taking over iPhones and Androids at a fast pace. In the first five weeks after its launching, the game was downloaded over 20 million times.

Developed by OMGPOP, Draw Something is the game that combines Pictionary and Hangman. One player is given a choice of three words to select from, each differentiating in difficulty. After making a selection, the player draws the word for the other player to guess. The second player attempts to guess the word using 12 scrambled letters. The goal of the game is to guess as many pictures correctly in a row. For every correctly guessed word, players are rewarded with “coins,” which can be used to obtain more colors for drawing. Players can engage in multiple games with different individuals, both friends and strangers. Draw Something uses Facebook and/or usernames for individuals to play.

 

Draw Something provides people the opportunity to not only play an interactive game, but also to express their creativity. With games such as scrabble, hangman, and boggle, skill is the only highlight. Draw Something allows crafty individuals to become artists, both creative and humorous. Furthermore, because players are working with each other, there is no winner or loser. Draw Something allows friends to have fun without the pressure of achieving victory.

Just recently, the social-network game development company Zynga (owners of Words with Friends) purchased OMGPOP for a staggering $200 million dollars. With Zynga’s already established success in the social gaming world, Draw Something is bound to only get better. But hopefully major changes are not made to a game that’s nearly perfect.

Draw Something can be purchased for $0.99 on the iTunes Store and Android Market. The free version is also available.

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