Chances are you're one of the everyone-on-the-planet who's played Words With Friends. Did you know there's other, shall we say, homages to classic board games available for your Android phone? For example, here we have Pictionary Draw Something, a turn-based, doodle-guessing game that you can play with friends wherever they are.

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Draw Something has more than a few similarities to crowd-favorite Words With Friends. You're able to add your friends or join a game with a random player, and play multiple games at once. Games are also turn-based, so you can create a doodle and let your partner guess what it is when they're free. The app will playback a recording of you drawing, so your opponent can attempt to figure out your word as you illustrate it, even if you two aren't playing at the same time.

While this mechanism makes it easier to play casually with another player, it does make the game feel a little odd. Words With Friends works because when it's not your turn, you can still look at the game board, plan your next move, formulate strategies and so on.

Draw Something, on the other hand, merely shows you a list of open games as you wait patiently, with no idea of what your partner is doing until it's your turn. When they're finished, you're given the option of watching them solve your puzzle, but it still feels awkward, like playing those old VHS board games from the 90s. The action just doesn't seem to flow quite as well.

Of course, this method does have its advantages. A previously released Pictionary-styled game, What the Doodle!?, takes a more synchronous approach. You enter into a game room with several other players and one person draws while everyone else guesses. The experience is much more engaging, but it also demands more attention. If you like Words With Friends because you can play whenever and then forget about it, Draw Something would be more up your alley.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Donnie

    It would then be more like Hanging with Friends and not Words with friends.

  • Merckle

    Hmm kinda like a revamped of the game "What the Doodle"

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, it is, except in What the Doodle you watch live, and here you take turns and go about your day, kind of like with WWF. I think both approaches have their audiences.

  • Skyler

    So to win I just draw something OTHER than what I'm suppose to?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii


  • Ben

    The UI could really use a little touch-up. I feel like someone just squeezed an iPhone into my Desire Z. Eek!

  • App Addict

    There's no "win", each player earns coins for getting the word right and a turn counter goes up. If you guess wrong the turn counter restarts.

  • slasher

    I wish it would send me a notification when it was my turn...

  • darien

    wish i could downlodd this on samsung replenish ! -_-

  • http://bestofdrawsomething.com James

    Wow, check out http://bestofdrawsomething.com to see some of the most insane drawings

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty awesome.

  • Tami

    Why isn't this compatible with the Samsung replenish?

  • digger43

    This App does not work on Asus Transformer Prime. After first session app goes to starting game and then closes back to home screen on Asus tablet. will not start

  • suz

    trying to find game where you draw a tiny bit and pass on to next person and they try to guess it