Draw Something by OMGPOP was recently purchased by social electronic gaming giant Zynga for over $180 million. You might wonder how come Zynga got interested in acquiring Draw Something, a game which was released not two months ago. If you do wonder so, then chances are you haven’t played a game of Draw Something and realized that it’s one of the more genuinely entertaining and addictive games, not to mention potentially lucrative, to ever hit the App Store.
Draw Something is an innovative iOS implementation of Pictionary. As in that classic game, a pair of players take turns in guessing words described by each other’s often loosely drawn illustrations. Perhaps the most convenient advantage of Draw Something over Pictionary is that the former doesn’t require players to be in the same room. Draw Something can be played with friends and even random strangers while online.
To begin a game of Draw Something, you can either wait for a game invitation by someone else or create a new game yourself by inviting another player by finding your friends over Facebook or simply entering a username or a registered email address. If the handshake is successful, you’ll be asked to pick a word and draw it Pictionary-style on your iPhone or iPad’s touchscreen. It will be sent over the air for your playing partner to guess correctly, and then it’s your partner’s turn to pick a word to draw for you to guess. This back-and-forth rally continues on a streak until either of you fails to guess a word, whereupon both of you would have to start over.
Note that you can have more than one game going on simultaneously, although you can attend to just one at a time. One of the good things about Draw Something is that you can play at your own pace. So, you’re not required to complete a turn within a certain time. Another nice feature is the ability to watch a screen recording of your partner as he or she guesses your drawing. Mind you, these are but a couple of the many great aspects of Draw Something that keep players coming back for more.
Apart from its undeniable appeal, another thing that Draw Something has going for it, to which Zynga was probably attracted in purchasing the game, is its in-app purchase setup. The in-app shop primarily sells coins in different denominations, which in turn can be spent in the game in buying either more sets of colors to draw with or more bombs to use in getting other sets of words or blowing up letters while guessing a word. However, it’s not really compulsory to spend real dollars in Draw Something, as you can earn more coins simply by playing more and drawing more.