Much like its next-of-kin Scribblenauts, the original Drawn to Life was a fantastic idea disappointingly realised.
However with Play offering it for less than a fiver, it may be worth taking the plunge. This price is the best I could find at the moment by at least £4, with the next cheapest coming in at £8.99 from HMV or Base.
There have been some improvements made to this sequel but sadly it still suffers from the same problem as its predecessor: the gameplay just does not do the concept justice. The creation tool has been adjusted and tweaked to work far more satisfactorily and it's easy to wittle away time creating your perfect character and all the frippery that you need to help you through your adventure. But unfortunately, once you have completed your masterpiece, you'll find there isn't really that much to do with it.
The platforming action is weak and uninspiring with very little to offer that hasn't been seen, better, before. To make matters worse, the items that you spent so much love and time creating are rarely used and when they do turn up they are fairly poorly implemented and clash with the pretty watercolour environments. The story is nice enough but lacking in any real excitement and really a bit too simple.
While there have been some marked improvements made to the formula, these just are not enough to make Drawn to Life: the Next Chapter feel anything much more than a disappointment. However, at this price, you may feel that the joy of creating your own playable character is enough to justify the spend.
Thanks to andywedge at Hotukdeals!