What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Draw Something 2 is the sequel to the incredibly popular drawing game. Developer Zynga has added lots of new features and social elements (such as a drawing of the day), but parents still need to be aware of the game's "random opponent" feature, which pairs players with a stranger, possibly exposing them to inappropriate images or words. Parental controls allow you to restrict play against strangers. Additionally, players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- analyzing evidence
- combining knowledge
- conveying messages effectively
- meeting challenges together
Engagement, Approach, Support
Users will be eager to play again, if only to see what their friends (and other opponents) have drawn -- and how long it took them to decipher their drawings.
Kids can learn to improve their art and communication skills by sketching words in a creative way. Sometimes, the best way to communicate the answer isn't with a precise sketch.
The game helps players by giving them access to a large library of tools, though this is meant to drive in-app purchases.
What's it about?
Players hand-draw pictures using a wide variety of tools (including highlighters, crayons, pattern pencils, and stamps), then forward to a friend or stranger, who then attempts to guess what the drawing is, selecting from a group of letters. If they're stumped, players can cash in "stars" to have letters placed in the answer. Solving puzzles earns players coins, which they can use to buy more bombs. Players can play with people they know, or play with random opponents. There's also a Daily Draw and Daily Guess, which let players earn points by taking part in community-focused drawing games.
Is it any good?
Draw Something was an instant hit that quickly fell off of people's radar. Draw Something 2 is likely to have more staying power. The game features all the fun of the original, with a much wider assortment of patterns and tools, which will let people show off even more impressive art skills, but more importantly, it uses the community in a much better way. Players can view galleries of each other's drawings -- and can easily post their own on Facebook or Twitter. There's also a gallery of user art from the developer that's updated daily. And a Daily Draw/Daily Guess feature lets users gain an increasing number of coins each day for participating in group events.
That said, this sequel, like the original game, is unregulated and you can play random opponents, so there's always the chance you'll be paired with someone who finds it amusing to draw something inappropriate. Most players won't do this (and you can choose to play with friends and ignore strangers), but it's best to be aware. Parental controls can also help you restrict your opponents to Facebook friends.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids' creativity with real-world art projects and art appreciation.
Remind kids to play people they know in real life, rather than strangers.