Drawn: The Painted Tower HD (Full)

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Gorgeous, atmospheric mystery with wonderful puzzles.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice investigation, prediction, and puzzle-solving skills while trying to free a girl locked in a tower. This game requires lots of logical thinking, and multistep brainteasers abound. For example, to unlock one room players must find hidden objects in rooms that then fit properly into a wall that then transform the wall into a door. As a bonus, this app provides an excellent example in magical storytelling using graphics, musical ambiance, as well as written and spoken words. Drawn: The Painted Tower is a beautifully crafted app that has built-in practice with solving puzzles and logical thinking.

Ease of Play

While some of the challenges are incredibly tough, you can skip any mini-game you're having trouble on, and if you're ever stuck without knowing how to complete your next objective, you can ask your guide character for hints. He'll give multiple hints for each objective.


There's no real violence, but there are startling moments (with magical explosions, say, or the sudden appearance of a giant spider) and lots of creepy, scary imagery.


If players choose to install the free version of the app, they'll need to pay $4.99 to unlock the full game.

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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.

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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.

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