Quality party games are scarce this generation. Even games like Rock Band 4 and Guitar Hero Live couldn’t bring the party genre to the forefront. For myself, one collection that was close was the Jackbox Party Pack. Games like Fibbage and You Don’t Know Jack were incredibly clever and fun to play with a group of close friends. However, my personal favorite game from the pack was Drawful. Drawing absurd depictions of obscure descriptions like “Basement Cheese Party” or “George Washington Using The Internet” created a fun atmosphere that kept us wanting to play just one more game. Drawful 2 is an extension of that. The sequel is by no means different than its predecessor. It’s the same game with new features that help customize the fun.
For those of you who don’t know what Drawful is, it is basically Pictionary with a twist. Each player is given a phrase and has to draw the phrase to the best of his or her abilities. After each player finishes their drawing, each picture is shown one by one. Players must guess what the artist was drawing by choosing one out of a list of prompts curated by the game itself or written by the players. This gameplay loop allows players to play the game their own way. If you want to play with strategy and precision, you can do that. If you want to insult a player’s drawing through prompts, you can do that too. The choice is yours.
Drawful 2 is that exact experience with added features, with the biggest being custom episodes. Players can now create their own episodes with personalized prompts. Let’s say you want an episode dedicated to Playstation mascots. You can now create an episode called “Playstation Mascots” and add prompts like “Crash Bandicoot”, “Spyro the Dragon”, and “Sly Cooper”. The amount of words and phrases you can add to an episode’s list of prompts seem endless. I made an episode called “Rush Albums” (I am a huge Rush fan) and started typing in all the Rush albums I could think of. I got to what seemed like the 25th album, and I was still able to add prompts to the growing list. Custom episodes allow players to create unique experiences no one else may have. My friends and I were laughing hysterically at some of the prompts and the drawings that came from them.
The rest of the added features are subtle yet important features that needed to be added. Family friendly options are now available in the settings menu. An audience mode has been added so that non-players can affect your game. Prompt pictures can now be tweeted once players complete an episode. Most importantly, players can now draw with two colors. I know it sounds silly, but it helps the drawn images stand out rather than look like blobs of random shapes.
The only downside to Drawful 2 is it hardly deviates itself from the previous version. Save for the new (albeit great) features the game has added, the two games are indistinguishable. Players still use their phone, tablet, or computer to connect to a game via room code. Players are still represented by a name they create, a chosen color, and a ridiculous sound effect. Making a guess at what your friend’s poorly drawn image is and creating ludicrous prompts to get the room laughing will always and forever be the Drawful series. With its sparse content and gameplay, you can get more value from the Jack Box Party Pack which contains four great party games and a Drawful game that will still have the same effect Drawful 2 will have on you.
Drawful 2 is one of the best party games this generation. The amount of possibilities that come from customizable episodes creates unique experiences that will either have you playing until you guess and draw every prompt accurately or have your stomach cramp from uncontrollable laughter. Even without them, the games premade prompts are just as ridiculous as anything you may come up with. Subtle features like extended time, audience mode, and family friendly options help customize the experience. It doesn’t differentiate itself from the first game by much, but all the new features prolong its replayability. Whether you plan on hanging out with a group of close friends or babysitting a bunch of 5 year-olds, I highly recommend picking this up.
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