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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Online drawings can present sketchy privacy situations.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 18+

Money Grubbers

I understand they have to make their money somehow, that is why I will not complain about the ads, oh the endless ads that take forever. I started playing in DEC while visiting my children. I just went today and bought a stylus for my new iphone so I could play this game. Now, on top of ads, they want you to pay for coins/gems when you don't want to select a card to draw . I'm highly disappointed. I so loved playing it before, but I won't be playing it anymore. They were making money off me to begin with because of the ads, now they want me to reach into my pocket and pay more. NO.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This digital board game has a dual-sided personality, which makes it challenging to fully endorse for young gamers that just want to play and draw. One side features fun, slower-paced rounds users can play against a friend they’re sitting near by passing their phone or tablet back and forth. The other is an often frantic dash to show a term in a way a stranger playing in a remote location will correctly guess. Both provide a stimulating challenge, but only one, though, is a game parents will likely want kids playing. The turn-based option is fun, easy to figure out, and completely harmless. Kids can’t see, talk to, or be seen by strangers. But the other version poses some concerns. Although game-based interactions are seemingly innocent, the app provides other ways for you to get to know players. Type a letter into the search field and you can choose from any one of dozens of usernames that pop up and easily friend or send that person a chat. Your photo may appear if you register with your Facebook account. And your full name can be visible, if it’s in the email address you use to sign up instead.

If kids are under 13 and state their real age when they sign up, the turn-based option is the only one they’ll have. If they’re older, however -- or say they are -- parents may not be comfortable with the app’s chatting and friendly capabilities. Kids should be able to have just as much fun facing off against players they know who are in the room with them; if parents can get them to only use that version of Pictionary, it’ll vastly reduce the risk they’ll come into contact with strangers -- and make for a better playing experience, since some players cheat and just spell the answer out, and ads for video games seem to pop up after nearly every round in the multiplayer version, which gets really annoying, really fast.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 19, 2017
  • Category: Board Games
  • Publisher: Etermax
  • Version: 1.5.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.0.3 and up and iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: July 5, 2017

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