A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game sends the message that being creative, thinking imaginatively, and having fun with family or a group of friends is a great way to spend your time.
Positive Role Models
The disembodied host voice is a generally positive presence. He'll even say encouraging comments to the teams that are behind, like, "You can still catch up!"
Ease of Play
Using the uDraw table to create your visual clues is fun and easy (at least from a logistical standpoint -- whether you can actually draw well is, of course, subjective). Each player, on his or her turn, can choose from either "Adult" or "Junior" clues, and if you think a the clue you've been given is too hard, you can just pick another one. Playing the "Mania" mode adds a whole slew of new rules that make the game much harder, but you'd only choose that mode if you want the added challenge -- you never have to play it.
Products & Purchases
This is a video game version of the popular board game, Pictionary. Also, this game requires the new uDraw tablet peripheral for the Wii in order to be played.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that uDraw Pictionary is a well-designed virtual version of the popular board game, which is played using a Wii peripheral called the uDraw Tablet. It is well-suited to family play, since there are separate clues for adults and kids (although grown-ups having trouble or kids who are feeling confident can always choose the opposite clue pack). You will have to trust your kids not to cheat, though, since having players close their eyes while the answers are revealed onscreen is essential. Also understand that drawing with the uDraw tablet is different from drawing on paper and is, in itself, a skill that must be learned.
Is It Any Good?
uDraw Pictionary feels like the game the uDraw tablet was made for. Although sketching on the tablet while looking at the screen is still an awkward feeling at first, you will get used to it as you play -- and it's a whole lot easier than trying to draw by moving thumbsticks on controllers. And while the ability to use different colored paints and textures certainly isn't necessary for a game of Pictionary, it sure does add a lot of fun to the experience. The "Mania" mode is a blast, too. The crazy added rules make things really difficult, but in a very entertaining way. uDraw Pictionary, frankly, is more about laughing at way-wrong guesses as it is about sketching a perfect illustration of the clues. It's also very nice to see how much thought went into making the game work for cross-generational play. There aren't that many games that kids and adults can be able to play easily with one another, but this is one of them.
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