uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Faithful adaptation of the board game classic.

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Positive Messages

The game encourages players to think creatively and work together to solve a puzzle. It also encourages families to play together, rather than using a game as a solo experience. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The host overseeing the game is encouraging, telling players they can catch up and congratulating them on a good roll of the dice. 

Ease of Play

Using the uDraw to create onscreen drawings is fairly easy (though takes some getting used to). The game also has different settings for adult and children, with appropriate difficulty levels -- and players who are still stumped at the outset can choose a new clue. The "Mania" mode ratchets up the difficulty, but that's strictly optional. 

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This is a video game version of the popular board game, Pictionary. Also, this game requires THQ's uDraw GameTablet peripheral in order to be played.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition is a video game version of the popular board/parlor game that requires the use of the uDraw GameTablet. The game is designed to be enjoyed by families, offering different difficulty levels for players of all ages on the clues. Learning to draw on the uDraw isn't as easy as it is on paper, though, which could make it challenging for some players. And it's very easy for players to cheat, since all clues are shown on screen. (Other team members are asked to close their eyes.) 

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What's it about?

Like the board game, uDRAW PICTIONARY: ULTIMATE EDITION has one team member illustrate a clue while others try to guess it. Rather than drawing on paper or selecting from pre-set artwork, you instead draw your uDraw GameTablet peripheral. The game sticks to the board game rules, though it also offers two other modes -- Pictionary Mania for advanced players and Family Mode for more relaxed play.

Is it any good?

uDraw Pictionary: Ultimate Edition is a faithful video game recreation of the classic game and creates a modern twist on family game night. While drawing with the uDraw tablet peripheral isn't as natural -- or as fast -- as drawing on paper, it adds a twist to the game that many players will enjoy. It's certainly better than using the controls on a typical game device -- even the Wii. 

The game offers several gameplay modes to cater to a wide audience and stays true to its family roots by offering different difficulty levels of clues for kids. Some of the wacky things that can happen in the harder Pictionary Mania mode include the lights going out as you draw, the drawing surface rotating, and you are given a limited to the amount of ink to use. The game's biggest failing, though unavoidable, is that clues appear on the TV screen. Some players might be tempted to sneak a peek while others have their eyes closed. And in a game whose fun lies in guessing and bad drawings, that could spoil some of the fun. If you and your family can resist that, though, this is one of the most family friendly titles on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how best to express themselves visually. If you're not allowed to draw a word, how do you describe it? 

  • Families can also talk about whether it's more fun to draw on paper or using a stylus, which lets you see your work on a TV screen. 

  • Would you rather play family games on your gaming console or around the kitchen table?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: November 15, 2011
  • Genre: Party
  • ESRB rating: E

For kids who love playing games with others

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