A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Koongya Draw Party is an art-driven puzzle/party game available for iOS and Android based mobile devices. Players try to guess words based on pictures drawn on the screen, as well as draw pictures for other players to figure out. Many of the game's included puzzles are done in a tongue-in-cheek manner, but without crossing into offensive territory. But due to the game's social features and its reliance on user generated content in some modes, it's still possible for younger gamers to potentially be exposed to objectionable material. There's an option to report this content when it shows up. Unfortunately, the option doesn't appear until the end of each round of play, after the image has already been shown and completed.
What's it about?
KOONGYA DRAW PARTY is a social puzzle party game app, available for download on iOS and Android based mobile devices. Players compete in a Pictionary-esque race against the clock to answer what's being drawn on screen by filling in blanks from a select group of letters. Gamers will earn adorable Koongya creatures and customize their favorites with costumes and props as they host an artistically charged house party in your neighborhood. You can go solo through the game's main campaign mode, solving an increasingly difficult series of puzzles to earn fun rewards. Then, you can challenge your wits against the creativity of others in the location-based adventure mode, where you choose from drawings left behind by others or leave your own art behind for others to solve.
Is it any good?
In the right hands, any canvas can be home to all kinds of creative and artistic wonders, but In the wrong hands, it can simply be a place for butt jokes (or worse). Such is the case with the mobile drawing game, Koongya Draw Party. On its own, this is a fun, if not formulaic, drawing game. Players have a limited time to try and guess what's being drawn on the screen, filling in the answer using a jumbled mix of letters. Some of these players will be able to pick up almost immediately. On others, the developers seemed to get a little too sly on the drawings, visualizing puns that would leave even bad dad joke connoisseurs groaning in pain. While the jokes might not always hit the mark, the single player is still a lot of fun. But it's the social features where the game shines brightest or crashes and burns.
There wouldn't be much of a "party" in Koongya Draw Party unless other people joined the mix. In adventure mode, the game supposedly uses the player's GPS location to find puzzles that other players have dropped in the vicinity. Curiously, even in the most remote areas, other players' puzzles pop up, which makes you wonder just how much the GPS matters. Still, it can be amazing to see the amount of ingenuity and just plain artistic talent other people have. But on the other end of the spectrum, one can expect to occasionally run into drawings that not only have nothing to do with the answer, but showcase lewd or offensive images. While there's the option to report puzzles, it only pops up at the end of the match after players have seen what can't be unseen. It's hard to fault the game for this, as it's an unfortunate side effect of relying on user-generated content. But it's still something parents should keep their eyes peeled for.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 17, 2020
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Topics: Adventures, Arts and Dance
- Size: 118.50 MB
- Publisher: Netmarble Games Corp.
- Version: 126.96.36.199
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: April 16, 2020
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