Draw Something is a game that I have sunk way too many hours in. I’ve capped out at 99 consecutive wins with 6 different people, and I’ve bought 5 different colour palettes already and have enough gold to buy 2 more. You’d think that I’d be finished with the game but I’m just getting started.
Here are some tips that I can give you (new comer or veteran draw some’er) that will help make your experience with the game much more drawsome’y:
1. Don’t use words when drawing: It really sucks when someone just writes out the word for an easy three gold. Just don’t do it! You’re given three words to pick from with varying difficulty so just pick the easy word if you can’t even begin to fathom how to draw the difficult one.
Hint: If you started drawing the word but then realized you have no idea how to draw it, just close the app completely and go back into it. You’ll be allowed to select three new words without even using a bomb.
2. Buy an extra colour palette as soon as possible: I would recommend either the Mardi Gras Package first just because green, purple, orange, and brown are going to be used a lot.
3. Know how to you use your pen widths properly: I mostly use the thin drawing line unless I’m colouring in stuff or drawing something incredibly simple.
4. Looking for the white colour? It’s actually the eraser tool: It’s happened to me so many times where I’ll want to draw something in outer-space and I’ll end up using grey for stars because I forgot that the eraser tool is actually white.
5. Take your time when drawing, but not too much time: It’s nice to see a bit of effort go into one’s drawing. But it’s not so nice when I have to wait 5 minutes for it to be drawn out completely. It’s cool once in a while to get an amazing drawing, but knowing each time that I’ll have to wait 2 to 4+ minutes for one guy to do his drawing every time is a bit tiresome.
6. Using a tablet makes for much more accurate drawings: I spent the first few days playing Draw Something on my phone. My drawings were really horrendous. After putting it on my iPad, they’ve improved nearly tenfold. It’s a lot easier having more room to move around.
7. Don’t be shy! Connect with your Facebook account: That is, unless you have no friends on your Facebook. I’ve found that once I connected the game with my Facebook account, I’ve only been playing the game with friends I know (as opposed to random ones) and my rate of people forfeiting games on me and writing out the words had plummeted which resulted in a much better gaming experience. If you’re worried about losing your current games by using your Facebook account then fear not. I did it, and I still have all my old games going too. The game doesn’t spam your wall either and probably won’t until Zynga buys them out.
8. Point out what the word is in a bright colour: I find success in using a giant red arrow to point at things which relate to my word, or to circle items in my drawing to help the other player guess. Sometimes it’s a bit unnecessary but it mostly helps.
9. It’s fun to write messages to strangers: I know, tip #1 says don’t write words, but it’s okay if you’re writing a friendly message to your opponent but make sure you do it right at the start of your drawing or they may miss it (since the screen fast forwards as soon as the word is guessed). I’ve had random people compliment me on my drawings, wished me well, and even asked me how my day was going.
10. Be creative and use compound images: For example, a word like FIREBOMB I could draw a fire and a bomb and string them together with a giant plus sign.
For those wondering, the counter gets stuck at 99 and doesn’t even start back at 1 when you reach it. It only took me about 2 days (or roughly a few hours) of playing the game to reach 99 for the first time so I hope OMGPop solves this so the count can go up to 9,999 eventually.
Additional Tip: You can swipe over the name of someone on your list to delete them and forfeit the game. Don’t be a jerk and do it just cause they’re taking longer than 5 minutes to send you a drawing though.