This version of the popular party drawing games is focused on an illuminated drawing board made by Hasbro. It’s a lightweight but large screen tablet that comes with plenty of features for the game: a timer, a card holder for your word card, and a quick erase button.
The game itself is based on the popular mobile app of the same name and it’s great for older kids and adults alike, making parties and family nights go with a swing. But is there a downside? Let’s take a look.
Draw Something Board Game Review Video
Draw Something Game Features
* Based on the popular mobile app Draw Something game
* Tablet version with transparent touch screen – use fingers or the stylus
* Win coins by guessing and drawing
* Winner is the first one with 15 coins
* Comes with 100 card deck, card box and game rules
* Takes 3 AA batteries (included)
* Age range: Hasbro say 8+, we think 10+
Draw Something Party Board Game Review
Hasbro’s Party version of the popular Draw Something app comes with a touchscreen tablet. The unit has a large transparent screen that is easy for everybody to see around the table. It’s a simple but fun game. One player picks a word card telling them what they should draw. While they draw, the other players can see through the display to what they’re drawing, and everybody tries to be the first to guess.
The screen supports drawing with either fingers or the included stylus, which allows different players to explore their own style. We particularly like the timer that doesn’t just ring a bell but makes the display flash when time is running out, adding extra stress and fun. After each round you can erase the screen with a single push on a button and pass it to the next player.
The Draw Something Party Board Game is recommended for kids ages 8 and up, but unless you have an unusually literate 8-year-old, we think it’s better for kids over 10. Most 8-year-olds would not recognise a lot of the words, which leads to frustration. Of course you can let them pick another word when they’re asked to draw one they don’t know, but they won’t be able to guess other people’s words either.
On the other hand you might see this as a good way to expand their wordpower. You could also alter the game by creating some easier words – and you might want to add to the 100 word cards with words of your own in any case. Still, we think kids age 10 and over will enjoy it more, and it’s a great party game for teens and adults.
Like the app, words are graded according to difficulty and the game pays higher rewards for more difficult words. This adds to the interest and fuels the competitive spirit!
The game takes 3 AA batteries and comes with ‘demo’ batteries – they won’t last long but will get you started. AA is a common size that you probably have around the house anyway. Rechargeables are always good for saving money!
Another thing you should know is that there is also a version without the touchscreen tablet, where you play in the old-fashioned way with paper and pens. This is obviously cheaper, but doesn’t have the appeal of modern technology. You can check the price of the paper and pens version here.
Another advantage of the screen over the paper version is that you’ll never run out of the special drawing pads and there’s no cleanup.
If you like the app, you’ll love this game. If you don’t know the app it won’t matter because it’s very simple to play and a lot of fun, even for those who are not good at drawing. A great game for older kids, teens and adults at holidays, parties or whenever you want some family time.
Published 24 February 2013