Draw Something 2

 
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Learning(i)

Lots of new cool features; random opponents still a concern.

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 the chance that other players could expose kids to violent imagery. 

Sex

There's no overt sexuality in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's the chance that other players could expose kids to sexual imagery. "Playboy" is among the possible word selections. 

Language

There's no iffy language in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's the chance that other players could expose kids to iffy language. Among the possible word selections are drinks, such as the Jello Shot.

Consumerism

Players can buy extra stars and coins, which can be exchanged for new patterns, brushes and more, allowing them to create more nuanced drawings. The free version of the game also has ads. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's no drinking, drugs, or smoking in the game, but since it's entirely focused on user generated content, there's 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. Players can also log in to Facebook to challenge people they've friended. Parental controls, however, can let you restrict play against strangers -- limiting opponents to people you're friends with on Facebook (though, of course, sometimes friends include inappropriate content as well). Players can track scores and achievements via Game Center.

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

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • imagination
  • brainstorming
  • combining knowledge

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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. 

Support

The game helps players by giving them access to a large library of tools, though this is meant to drive in-app purchases. 

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

  • teamwork
  • cooperation
  • meeting challenges together

Kids can learn to improve their art and communication skills by sketching words in a creative way. 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 2 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

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free-$2.99
Release date:April 25, 2013
Category:Board Games
Size:38.20 MB
Publisher:Zynga
Version:1.4.8
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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Teen, 15 years old Written byAleluvsyou June 9, 2013
 

I love it but some glitches

I love draw something and draw something too just blew my mind theres glitter pens and animal pens different colors omg they just blew everyone's mind
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