Drawn to Life
Finally a unique game on
the Nintendo DS that truly revolutionizes the Nintendo DS interface in
what can only be described as an interactive colouring game book. In its
essence, Drawn to Life is your classic arcade platformer where the hero
or heroine must jump and move their way through a side scrolling gaming
environment. The catch behind Drawn to Life is that player can virtually
design their own hero, vehicle and weapons which will then be used in
the game. Cool hey?
Rebuild a small village with your
stylus, drawing the planets, animals, sun, moon, stars and much
more! Watch as your creations interact in the streets with the town
Jump, crawl, charge and battle your way
through dark forests, windy meadows, busy cities and tropical
Drawn to Life provides a powerful, yet
easy-to-use paint set, including a 25 color swatch palette, eraser,
three brush sizes and flood fill. Not an artist?
Tracing templates are available to
guide users to create works of art.
The character creation of Drawn to Life is extremely
easy to use thanks to the Nintendo DS stylus which allows you to almost
create anything you like. Want a Superman clone? Easy... Want a
Tie-Fighter? Easy... draw just about anything you want, colour it and
see it interact with the environment... Priceless!
The beauty of the game is that your
characters animate perfectly with the gaming environment as you are
required to draw certain aspects of the character like their head or
legs. This allows for almost perfect gaming implementation which does
look quite professional in the end, depending on your artistic ability.
The gameplay of Drawn to Life offers a
variety of different quests, mini-quests that are all dictated from
Raposa Village which is the main crux of the title where your character
or characters start. The game also has a main theme where the player
must help liberate and cleanse the land of Raposa that was once a place
of harmony and peace for these small cute catlike creatures.
Unfortunately for these
catlike creatures, certain pages of the book of life has been destroyed
and its up to you as their god to assist them. Although the gameplay is
quite simplistic and repetitive, it perfectly suits the younger
generation of gamers who will definitely enjoy this title from start to
finish and then some.
Graphically, Drawn to Life is rather
impressive with its simplistic yet colourful cartoony graphics that suits
the genre perfectly. There are even a few special effects in the title
to give the title that real arcade feel. As to the characters
themselves, well that's up to the gamer of how good or bad they look.
For music and sound effects, expect some traditional "arcade" music and
sound effects which go hand in hand with the gameplay.
In conclusion, Drawn to Life is a unique
title on the DS that truly takes gaming on this console to the next
level. It's amazing that no one has really thought of this before and
I'm sure more games will follow suit. Recommended for the younger gamer
and lovers of arcade platform games.