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Drawing conclusions

mumbai Updated: Apr 14, 2012 14:19 IST
Suprateek Chatterjee

Three weeks ago, Malad resident Vikas Munipalle downloaded Draw Something on his phone, after hearing people talk about it on Twitter. "It's basically a combination of Pictionary and Scrabble," he says. "It instantly appealed to me because I love drawing and it reminded me of the drawings I used to make as a kid."

Within a week, the 27-year-old freelance photographer was hooked. He says, "At any given point, I'm playing with 25 to 30 people simultaneously. The game has caught on like wildfire." http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/4/14-04-mumbai7.jpg

It isn’t hard to see why this game has captured the imagination of people like Vikas. Worldwide, Draw Something became the fastest selling mobile app in history three weeks ago, with a reported 50 million paid downloads and more than 24 million users across the world.

The concept behind Draw Something is simple: users play head-to-head against Facebook friends or other opponents, who can be searched for via e-mail address and username, by guessing drawings made by the other player. One draws using their finger on a touch-screen phone using a variety of colours, pencils and erasers.

After the drawing is sent, the user waits for his opponent to guess the word correctly, which is presented to the latter in the form of a sped-up playback of you making that drawing. Your opponent also gets a choice of out-of-sequence letters which he can unscramble to guess your drawing.

Since there are no rules and no time limits, users are free to make drawings however they want to. Drawings could range from mini-masterpieces, complete with shading and detailing, to laughably crude stick figure sketches.

Draw Something is an excellent game to refresh your mind with in various situations, be it after a long meeting or while stuck in traffic. Munipalle agrees, “It cuts across age groups because it’s challenging but not frustrating.”