The 50 Best Game Series on iOS: Draw Something

To kick off the final week of our 50 Best Game Series, we’re focusing on the series that gives Pictionary a run for its money, Draw Something. This mobile-social game shot to the top of the charts in 2012, and developer OMGPop was quickly acquired by Zynga. A sequel was released earlier this year, despite ongoing troubles between Zynga and OMGPop. Here’s our look back at this captivating series. 

Draw Something

Draw Something is a one-on-one online drawing game (in both free and paid versions) where you take turns illustrating a word with your opponent. Unlike Charadium, Draw Something doesn’t offer a group of live players, but instead lets you complete turns and make guesses on your own schedule. This asynchronous multiplayer fits perfectly with the expectations of players who are already enjoying Words With Friends on a daily basis. You can juggle multiple games at once, choosing more challenging words to draw for extra points. Our only complaint is the lack of chat options, which made this social game feel a little isolated.

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Key Quote: “The real draw of Draw Something comes in its brilliant simplicity. It is very tempting for a developer to throw in the kitchen sink and add all kinds of complex layers, but this game knows what it is and excels in it.”

Draw Something 2

For the sequel to Draw Something, Zynga threw in several new social features, like Twitter and Facebook integration, plus new brushes and tools to help create the perfect drawing. In a clever move, Zynga also added microtransactions for more detailed drawing tools, so that players could create genuinely impressive works of art instead of just stick figures. Two daily modes, Daily Guess and Daily Draw, add bonus content on a regular basis. Even if you just download the free version, Draw Something 2 offers a lot of excellent gameplay, plus a new way to express yourself creatively through your iOS device.

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Key Quote: “There’s very little wrong with this game. It has got great support from its developers, with so much content to keep you coming back it feels like you’ll never put it down.”

Tomorrow, we’ll look at the app versions of popular Hasbro games published by EA, like Scrabble, Monopoly, and many more.

This article is part of a series about the best games on iOS, 2008-2013. You can read the rest here.