A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, deduction
Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination
Collaboration: cooperation, meeting challenges together, teamwork
Communication: conveying messages effectively
- 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
For kids who love art and creativity
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