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Draw Your Game 2

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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DIY puzzler lacks help, hints; in-game currency frustrates.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about basic gameplay and using strategy to solve puzzles. They can also exercise creativity in their own puzzles.

Ease of Play

Controls are simple, but it's possible to get stuck on a level in the campaign. 

Violence

The character "dies" when it touches the red objects. This is likely to happen often until kids solve the puzzle. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

In-app purchases for full game and/or stickers to unlock content, additional levels, or drawing tools. Without purchase, kids will need to earn stickers by playing or watching videos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Draw Your Game 2 is a puzzle app that allows kids to design and play their own levels. They can also share their levels with others and play user-generated content. The user-generated content could contain objectionable material. The app is free, but the full game is $3.99. Players who don't purchase the full game will be asked to earn or buy stickers to perform tasks like uploading levels, making more than two of their own levels, unlocking tools, etc. None of this requires parent approval. During review, we were unable to purchase a full version of the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

DRAW YOUR GAME 2 is a seemingly simple physics puzzle game. Kids use their avatar to destroy blue objects by pushing them against red objects and then escape from the scene without destroying their avatar. They may use green trampolines to help. Each level is a variation on this theme. They get stars for completing the level, and more for completing it quickly. A campaign mode leads kids through increasingly devious puzzles. What makes Draw Your Game 2 special, though, is that kids can design their own levels using a piece of paper and markers, colored pencils, or crayons. They draw the game using black for walls and floor and red, blue, and green for the elements mentioned above. Then, they grab a picture with their device and test it out. If kids create a level they can complete, they may upload it to a global collection. They can also play games created by others and help rate them as easy, medium, or difficult. While the app is free, there's an in-app purchase to unlock all of the elements. Those who don't want to buy can earn stickers by completing levels or watching videos. Stickers can also be purchased via the in-app store. 

Is it any good?

Any app that allows kids to design and play their own video game levels starts with bonus points for creativity and replay value, but more help and fewer purchases would boost this one's value. Draw Your Game 2 also shines with the simplicity of creating a level; there's no special drawing skills or programming ability necessary. Unfortunately, some of the campaign levels may have kids frustrated before they even unlock the ability to create anything. It's easy to get stuck, and there are no hints available to help you out. The sticker currency is also frustrating as it can take a lot of stickers to unlock the ability to draw and share levels. A glitch prevented purchasing the full game during review, despite multiple attempts at different times. Draw Your Game 2 offers a creative option for kids who aren't quite up for coding their own games, but it doesn't seem quite ready for prime time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about video games and designing them with apps like Draw Your Game 2. What makes a game fun? When are games not fun? How can you design levels so that other kids will enjoy them?

  • How do you like this app in comparison with other apps you could play? As you balance your time on- and offscreen, would this be an app you'd choose to use? Why or why not?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles, strategy
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations
    Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (full game is $3.99; in-app purchases for stickers without parent gate)
  • Release date: March 1, 2018
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 105.90 MB
  • Publisher: Kacem Bekri
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: November 04, 2019

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