Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter

Game review by
Alex Porter, Common Sense Media
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Mario-styled action in which you draw parts of the game.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Your mission is to stop an evil character who has drained the world of color. Along the way you'll stomp on baddies to meet objectives.

Positive Role Models & Representations

As the "creator" in this game, players control the mood, look, and feel of the game, as well as building their hero. This puts some responsibility into the hands of the player, but objectives for saving the world are fixed, so your mission is always to do good.

Ease of Play

The controls work nicely for the target audience and the paint tools should be very familiar to anyone accustomed to basic paint programs.

Violence & Scariness

The game lets players drawn their own weapons such as swords and a "shooter" that fires pellets which bounce off and stun enemies.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter contains cartoon violence. Your characters can strike with weapons including punching, bouncing off, and hitting bad guys with pellets from a "shooter" weapon. You can expect about the same level of violence found in a Mario game. The game requires players to draw characters, pieces of the actual environments, and many other elements. Drawing skills are not necessary. The game uses simple tools that help kids' creation come to life.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6, 6, and 6-year-old Written byJillDrillDozer February 24, 2017
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byParent12345 January 6, 2011

has a tragic 'surprise' ending

My 11 yr old is in tears over the ending of this game. WHY in the world does a game for ALL ages rated E for everyone include the tragic death of BOTH parents a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byYosaf February 3, 2021

Strange audience for this game.

This is a very good game. From its story to its game-play, this game is very fun and has a good message.

However, for me the issue in this game lies in it... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bydarkx12121 August 14, 2018

Fun for the whole family! (Sorta.)

(NOTE: As with many reviews, this is for the DS version, but I will mention the Wii version a few times.)
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is an excellent game w... Continue reading

What's it about?

As the Creator in the world of DRAWN TO LIFE: THE NEXT CHAPTER, players must drawn and bring to life a hero to save the peaceful Raposa people. An evil force has been removing people, bridges, and other objects from their village. You are asked to replace these missing items by drawing them into the game. The core of the game involves taking your self-drawn character around in Mario-like platforming adventues, in which you jump, run, stomp, hit, collect coins, and solve light puzzles. Not only do you create your main character, but you will also draw the sun, moon, and the look and feel of your game. Moreover, you'll have to draw weapons, power-ups, vehicles, bridges, and more in order to complete missions. The game provides a simple drawing tool complete with stamps, brush sizes, zoom-in/out views on the canvas, and a broad palette of colors. The Wii remote serves as the pencil, or, for the DS, the you'll draw on screen with your stylus. in some instances in the Wii version, players will be required to fill in parts of the game in real time.

Is it any good?

Letting players actually draw and bring to life characters, vehicles, and other objects within a game is tremendously engaging. Even more fun are the moments where drawing is built directly into the game and you'll need create quickly during gameplay to complete an objective. Sometimes, you'll even have to draw while your character is in the air during a jump. The ability to create a custom look and feel to a game is a special experience.

 The drawing using the Wii remote, however, is a bit inaccurate and tough to control. With the DS version, you'll have more control as you're using a styus. Ultimately, it doesn't matter, because almost anything you make will effectively animate, but it would be nice to have a little more control in the Wii version. Also, the platforming gameplay involves a significant amount of backtracking, but young gamers probably won't mind. Overall, the game's innovative concept and solid puzzles, platforming, and charming story and characters make this a great game that the target audience of kids will love. 

Online interaction: Players can use characters they draw to take on opponents online in sports mini games such as soccer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether making your own characters deepens your interest in the game. If you played the first Drawn to Life, was this a big improvement? What else would have made the game better?

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