A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Drawn: The Painted Tower HD is a very challenging mystery adventure with lots of puzzles to solve, but that there is a good hint system built into the game along with the ability to skip any of the more difficult puzzle mini-games. The story involves a magical young girl whose drawings become doorways to alternate worlds. She is the last of her family and has been captured by an evil king who wants to use her powers for his own gain. It is up to the player to find and rescue her. There are quite a few startling moments and a lot of spooky imagery, but no real violence.
What's it about?
Enter your username (more than one kid can play this adventure simultaneously) and then listen to the intro of the story that is the basis of DRAWN: THE PAINTED TOWER. Flashing opaque arrows point which ways players can travel by swiping their fingers across the screen; sparkles show where to press for clues. Tap the face for hints. More instructions and more of the story appear or are spoken as a player progresses in levels, all the while solving puzzles to get closer to saving the trapped girl. Amazing surprises await on each new screen.
Is it any good?
Drawn: The Painted Tower features a tale about magical pieces of artwork that people can enter and interact with -- which is also a great description of the game itself. There are stunning visuals around every corner in this eerie, mystical world. And finding your way through it requires a lot of really imaginative thinking. There are a number of mini-game puzzles that are quite tough, but really, every step you take in this game is a puzzle. You'll be zipping back and forth between the chambers of a magical tower, discovering new secrets, uncovering clues, and finding items that may help you open doors several rooms away. The story is gripping, the puzzles fun but challenging, and the artwork simply gorgeous. All in all, Drawn is a wow of an experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Encourage your kid to think about the story behind the gameplay on Drawn: The Painted Tower. How would different music affect the story's mood? Graphics? Lighting?
Utilize the custom settings, including one for left-handed players and a multiplayer option so kids can finish the challenge at their own pace.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: investigation, prediction, solving puzzles
- Price: $4.99
- Release date: March 15, 2012
- Category: Adventure Games
- Size: 413.00 MB
- Publisher: Big Fish Games, Inc.
- Version: 1.0.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
For kids who love adventure and puzzles
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