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By Dr. Anthony Betrus
FCE Contributing Writer 

Drawful: A Great Couch Co-Op Game

 

Last updated 1/7/2016 at 12:41pm | View PDF



Drawful is a fun and entertaining game for 3 to 8 players, where players use their mobile devices as controllers. The concept is simple, as each player is given a phrase to draw on their phone. Due to the limitations of small screens and big fingers, the drawings are usually awful, which is of course what makes this so much fun. One by one, each of the drawings is presented to the other players, and it is their job to provide their own caption. Each of the proposed player captions, along with the actual caption, is then presented back to the players, and the challenge is to identify the real caption from the fakes. In this way the core game mechanic--providing fake answers--is much like the board game Balderdash, which has been around since the 1980s. The new twist with Drawful is that it adds in a second level of humor through the players’ drawings. Points are given if others choose your false caption, as well as for choosing the correct caption. You can also “like” other captions, and even if no points are awarded for likes, it is sort of a consolation prize if your caption was not chosen.

The game is available on a wide variety of platforms, including: Xbox One, PS3 (free to try), PS4 (free to try), STEAM (PC/Mac), Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and the Mac App Store. We played it through STEAM on the Mac, and it came as part of the “Jackbox Party Pack,” which includes four other titles: You Don’t Know Jack 2015, Fibbage XL, Word Spud, and Lie Swatter. The cost is only $24.99, and from time to time it will go on sale (I bought it for $12.50 on STEAM). There is also a 2nd Jackbox Party Pack, although we haven’t tried that yet. We did try out the other games, and each was fun, and helped to mix things up. Even so, the big hit was without a doubt the awful drawings (and sometimes more awful captions) that we came up with. If you are looking for a fun, group based game that you can all play on your couch, look no further.

Dr. Anthony Betrus

State University of New York at Potsdam

The Game Connoisseur

 

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