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Check out your sketching skills with Draw Something by OMGPOP

by Marty Gabel

No doubt about it. Draw Something by OMGPOP is a huge, huge hit. It’s been downloaded an incredible 20 million times in just a few weeks and is the top game on both Android and iOS right now.

Like Zynga favorite Words With Friends, Draw Something is a turn-based two-player game, but with more of an emphasis on drawing and guessing. It’s perfect to dip in and out of when you choose, and this makes it easy to pick up and play when you only have a few moments.

Once you’re all set up, you enter a ‘room’ with another player. Each player takes it in turn to draw the word offered. It’s up to the other player to guess what has been sketched and guessing correctly means earning coins. Coins, as you soon discover, become quite important. There are three levels of difficulty. The harder the difficulty, the more coins you earn.

So about these coins. Coins let you buy bombs, and Draw Something mixes things up a bit by allowing players to use these bombs to reveal single letters in the word you’re trying to guess. You start with just five but earn more by guessing your opponent’s drawings, or you can use an in-app purchase to arm yourself fully.

The app is cross-platform. You can find your friends on Facebook who play it and can battle against them whether they’re on an Android or iOS device. It’s a fun way to spend a few minutes, but I noticed that the Android version doesn’t offer notifications when it’s your turn to play, which was a little frustrating. Also, the categorization of words can be a bit random. Some ‘easy’ level words seemed tougher than the ‘hard’ ones, and even in my short time of playing I encountered a repeat word. But small quirks like this will probably be ironed-out with future updates. Adding more words, a few more brushes and colors will certainly see this game go from strength-to-strength.

Overall, Draw Something offers a lot of fun, creative potential (and plenty of laughs), so it’s easy to see why it’s such a big hit. It’s certainly worth the $0.99 being asked, but there’s also a free version in the Google Play Store to try before you buy.