Every now and again a game comes along that defies easy categorisation and seemingly invents an entirely new genre.
Draw Something, a social drawing and guessing game, has been a massive hit all over the world and it’s now available in the Nokia Store for Asha Touch devices.
The game is free to download, although there are opportunities for in-app purchases to unlock extra features and bonuses.
Also, you need to keep in mind that you’ll be connected with other players from around the world so the game does require a WiFi or mobile data network.
The first time you launch Draw Something, you’ll be prompted to register with an email address and username. The username is optional but this will make it easier for your friends to find you.
Once you’re got your Draw Something account, you are then ready to start playing. Tap ‘New Game’ and you have the following options:
- Search for your friends by username
- Invite friends to play by email
- Random – Draw Something finds someone for you to play with
Draw Something is great fun if you are playing with a friend but isn’t there also a whiff of excitement to going up against a complete stranger?
I selected ‘random’ and within a few seconds I had been matched to play with someone.
The game play works like this: you are given a choice of objects to draw from – easy, like ‘feet’, to difficult, like ‘fear’.
The opposing player then has to guess what you’ve drawn. Then you swap, and you have to guess what they’ve drawn.
You can draw in different colours, there’s an eraser tool and a range of brush sizes for you to choose from, so you can be as artistic as you like!
The aim is to go through lots of rounds, or ‘rallies’, against your opponent and to collect coins. Drawings and correct answers for the easy level get you one coin; the hard level gets you three coins.
What’s the purpose of coins? You can use these to purchase colour packs and ‘bombs’ that are used to remove unwanted letters – this will help you with your guesses.
You’ll accumulate more coins the more you play and the better you get. Alternatively, you can just buy a whole bunch in the Draw Something Shop! This is nicely integrated into the app and starts from $1.99 for 400 coins.
It’s easy to see why Draw Something has become such a popular game. The concept is simple but the genius lies in how the app prompts you for your turn, or lets you know that it’s your opponent’s turn. You get a real sense of playing against another human being.
Top tip: You can also play more than one game at a time. Get drawing!