I've often wondered what would happen if my drawings came to life and I could doodle items that they could use in their everyday goings on, or in ridiculous fantasy situations, so it's a good thing that the latest instalment of the Drawn to Life series has just dropped in price.
If you mosey on down to Play or Amazon then you can pick up a copy of the game on the Wii for £7.99, which'll make you a saving of exactly £1 on the next best price of £8.99 from HMV.
The story carries on directly from the events of the first game, this time around things are being stolen from the Raposa's village, whilst other key structures essential for everyday life are vanishing into thin air, and it's up to you to find out what's going on in order to put things right.
The gameplay follows a basic platform format, so you'll be moving from the left hand side of the screen to the right hand side of the screen, until you reach the gateway to the next level. Unlike most platform games however, you'll be able to create useful items by drawing them on-screen, which is really the only feature that you should consider buying the game for. At the start of the game you can draw some of your character's features using the guide boxes, and during the game you can draw items that allow you to get to otherwise inaccessible areas whenever a blue box appears, or construct moveable items in red boxes. Unfortunately, the Wii-mote is your drawing tool, which means that you'll probably never be able to construct something that's got a straight line.
You can take part in mini-games with a few friends in the multiplayer, but they feel so out of place that you'll wonder why they were included.
There are quite a few flaws in the game which can be hard to overlook at times, but now that it's just under the £10 mark you might want to give it a go.
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!
Just like its counterpart Scribblenauts, Drawn to Life was a game based upon a fantastic idea that just could not produce the gameplay to match. Sadly, despite a few much needed improvements, this remains the case with its sequel and once you have finished creating your masterpieces, you'll find that there is little left to hold your attention.
If you are nonetheless tempted by this DS title then you can buy it from Shop To for just £14.95 which offers just under a £3 saving from the next best offer (£17.73 from The Hut).
Apparently you can knock off a further £1 if you use the voucher code: shoptovoucher3 but the expiry date is today.
The creation tool in the new game is much improved and you can while away plenty of time creating your character and the other bits and pieces that will assist you throughout your adventure. It's easy to lose sight of just how exciting a concept this is when the rest of the game falls so short.
Not only is the platforming action fairly weak and repetitive, but the created items are fairly poorly implemented; appearing in bright primary colours, in marked contrast to the pretty watercolour environments and not being used anywhere near enough in the action. The story is sweet enough but a bit too simple and far from exciting and while there have been some improvements made from the original, it's just not enough to make Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter a truly good game.
Thanks to lucerysmum at Hotukdeals!
Before the highly enjoyable and enchanting (but just a tiny bit disappointing)Scribblenauts, there was the distinctly underwhelming and deeply disappointing Drawn to Life. Its sequel Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter snuck into shops just a couple of weeks ago, sadly suffering from many of the same flaws as its predecessor. The premise was fantastic, the realisation a letdown.
However, if you remain undeterred and want to give it a try yourself or you really loved the first game then you may like to know that Shop To are currently selling The Next Chapter for a very reasonable £17.50 which is over £5 less than the next best price, from Amazon at £23.14.
That oh-so promising premise was that you could use your nifty little stylus to design your very own character, exactly as you wished them to appear and then the game would bring them to life in their very own adventure. The idea captured my imagination immediately and the first Drawn to Life was a title that I anticipated extremely eagerly. Alas the amazing adventure that my cool little lady (who took a great deal of painstaking time to get just right) set off on really wasn't all that amazing. The game was not awful, just horribly disappointing in the face of all its potential and my high hopes.
Sadly it seems that this second instalment comes complete with virtually all the same problems. Sure, there is a perfectly serviceable game here but it is just not fun or exciting to play. The creation elements are fun but there is not enough of them and the things you create are very unlikely to sit comfortably in their new home environments.
On the other hand, if you were a fan of the first instalment then you should find a lot to love here with its improved visuals and stronger tool for bringing your creations to life.
Thanks to lucerysmum at Hotukdeals!