Draw Something

Common Sense Media says

Pictionary-like app addictively fun; beware random matches.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game can be both easy or hard, depending on who your opponent is and the extent of his or her artistic abilities. If you're playing someone who can draw, it's sometimes easier to guess the object -- but if not, it can be challenging. 

Violence

There's no violence in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's always the chance that other players could expose kids to violent imagery. "Bombs" eliminate letters to make guessing the object easier, but it's more for the visual effect than violent intent.

Sex

There's no overt sexuality in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's always the chance that other players could expose kids to provocative or lewd imagery.

Language

There's no iffy language in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's always the chance that other players could write obscene words in their turn.

Consumerism

Players can buy extra "bombs," which eliminate letters to choose from, making it easier to guess the object; they can also buy color palettes, which can be used to make more intricate drawings. The free version of the game also has numerous ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Draw Something contains no alcohol, tobacco, or drugs in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's always the chance that other players could expose kids to these things.

Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. The game can match players with random opponents, who are usually strangers. Players can draw disturbing images and there's no way to filter whatever they create. There are no chat or messaging options, but players can write words in the drawing space. Players can also log in to Facebook to challenge people they've friended.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Draw Something is takeoff of the popular Pictionary parlor game that's played with friends. While the game is fun to play with people you know, players can also compete with strangers online, which could expose them to inappropriate language and drawings. Learning to draw is fairly easy, which could make children want to play -- but if they do so, it should be under strict supervision. The game also offers in-app purchases using real-world cash, but they are not essential. The free version of the app includes heavy advertising.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • imagination
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Takes the basic concepts of Pictionary -- drawing something from scratch and having others guess what it is -- and adds a one-on-one competitive element. It's utterly addictive and a heck of a lot of fun.

Learning Approach

Players must explore different ways to express ideas. As a turn-based social game, it will keep kids returning to guess drawings and then create their own drawings.

Support

Players can log on to Facebook and challenge people they've friended. There are no chat or messaging options, but players can write words in the drawing space.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • imagination
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork
  • cooperation

Kids can learn to improve their art and communication skills by sketching words in a creative way with Draw Something. Coming up with ways to make clues apparent isn't always easy, and kids will often find unique ways to accomplish this. They can learn to think differently as they guess what their collaborators have drawn. An interesting aspect is that players work together to achieve a streak of correct guesses, rather than against each other -- both parties want the other to guess the drawing. Draw Something doesn't offer art instruction, but it does encourage kids to think differently as they express ideas through drawings. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

In the Draw Something app, players hand-draw pictures using a rudimentary art pad; their opponent then attempts to guess what the drawing is, selecting from a group of letters. If they're stumped, players can detonate "bombs" to eliminate some of the letters, though that doesn't always help. Solving puzzles earns players coins, which they can use to buy more bombs. Players can play with their people they know, or play with random opponents.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The "with Friends" trend has spawned plenty of imitators, but DRAW SOMETHING is unique. The game takes the basic concepts of Pictionary -- drawing something from scratch and having others guess that object -- and adds a one-on-one competitive element. It's utterly addictive and a heck of a lot of fun. 

For parents, that could be a problem, though. Since the game is unregulated and you can play random opponents, there's always the chance you'll be paired with someone who finds it amusing to draw genitalia or the like. Most players, thankfully, don't do this, however, and with the inclusion of a Facebook tie-in, you can always play against someone you know and trust. The hard part will be putting the game down.     

Families can talk about...

  • Play Draw Something with your kid, either as an "opponent" or as a drawing team against another player. Talk through different approaches to drawing a word.

  • Encourage kids to play with people they know in real life rather than random match-ups. Let them know that if they receive an inappropriate drawing they should end the game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$1.99
Release date:March 2, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:8.30 MB
Publisher:OMGPOP
Version:1.2.8
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 1.5 and up

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 5, 2012
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draw something omgpop

hard part will be putting the game down.
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Draw Something Review

This is a good game if you want to play with your friends and families the only thing that is not really good is that there could be some random pictures and it could not always be right for your kids. But it is a really really fun game once you get the Hang of it
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Teen, 15 years old Written bySugaryHotRedLips March 20, 2012
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GOOD FOR ANY AGE

It's good! I play it with my nieces, my nephews (don't worry, they are old) and it's very EDUCATIONAL
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