Game: Draw Something
Rating: 5 out 5 stars
Price: Free, $.99 for the ad-free version
The world’s hottest game lets users express themselves creatively while competing with friends in a Pictionary-like game challenge. Draw Something is a wildly popular app created by OMGPOP. That company, now owned by Zynga, was recently paid a whopping $180 million for the game.
Draw Something’s popularity is still on the rise – it’s already become a top app in the Apple Store – but the app, which began life as a PC game called Draw My Thing, has already hooked millions of would-be artists worldwide.
Draw Something’s interface is super simple: a sketch area, color palette, pen and eraser are provided for the budding artist. Players then use their finger (or stylus) to draw a picture that represents the word their opponent is trying to guess. (Phrases like “prom,” “slam dunk” and “firewood” aren’t as easy to guess as you might think.) When the player is finished with his drawing, it’s then sent to their opponent. In turn, the opponent attempts to guess what is being drawn using a small selection of letters.
Points are awarded for correct answers, while wrong answers can cost players “turns.” Points translate into credits that can be used to buy “art supplies,” like new brushes or colors. Aside from the game itself, Draw Something fans are also using the program as a means for self expression, unleashing their inner Van Gogh with complex works of user art.
Players can have multiple games going simultaneously, which comes in handy if you’re waiting for a player to guess one of your drawings. One drawback (pun intended) is that players can also write out words…which comes in handy for players who can’t sketch but who happen to enjoy cheating.
Drawn to Apps?
Some insiders have claimed Draw Something may be the fastest growing original mobile game ever – and point to the fact that an astounding 50 million users have downloaded the app in only 50 days. Not only that, but Draw Something has even dethroned the massively popular Angry Birds game as the most popular download in current circulation.
Cool games like Draw Something all share one characteristic: they each begin with people inspired to create something new and outstanding. Opportunities to gain practical app-development experience, such as the iPhone Game Development summer camp and the App Development for iPhone and iPad summer camp, are a smart way to start learning how to make the next Draw Something.
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