Draw Something

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Pictionary-like app addictively fun; beware random matches.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

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. 

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 6, and 10 year old Written byAG Fan Parent May 10, 2013

Amazing! Fun for any age-can be very safe or very not.

It's honestly not possible to give any safe age for this App, because it all depends on who you play with. My daughter loves this game, but is restricted... Continue reading
Adult Written byTHE ADULT April 26, 2013

NOT FOR KIDS

Wow. This app is terrible. I let my 10 year old play on it, and all he experienced were pictures of sexual images. The thing my 10 year old learned from this is... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bySugaryHotRedLips March 20, 2012

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
Kid, 6 years old April 27, 2012

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... Continue reading

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?

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.     

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love drawing and words

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