Badly Drawn Faces iPad Review
Given the phenomenal success of OMGPOP's Draw Something, it's a wonder we haven't seen a flood of cloned drawing games appear on the App Store this year. But even though Badly Drawn Faces probably wouldn't exist without the existence of Draw Something's frenzied social sketching, this is in fact a single-player trivia game where players guess at a number of pictures-in-progress.
Little pieces of each drawing are scribbled in piece-by-piece. First the ears pop up, then a little bit of hair, followed by the eyes, and then the broader features are drawn in. The game presents you with a huge number of real-life and fictional characters, and they've also been sensibly selected for their distinctive features.
You can tap the screen to make your guess at any point, although if you get really stuck you can pick up a hint. This will cost you some of the currency you've acquired from correctly guessing earlier drawings, and you'll also need to solve a certain number of the puzzles from one set before you can unlock another.
Some of the hints are a little bit too enigmatic ("She was the title criminal of a geographically-focused educational franchise", for example), or very region-specific. Even the most ardent sports fan outside of the US is going to feel disadvantaged with a clue like: "He was the 2004 NBA Rookie of the Year".
It's a bit of a throwaway game when all's said and done, and while there's plenty of content included, the novelty of delight when you first spot the celebrity wears off quickly. There's also only a very small amount of audio included in the game which makes it feel rather cold. Perfectly designed for keeping the kids quiet on a long car journey, it lacks the punch to keep older gamers occupied for very long.
What's Hot: A huge selection of pictures to guess at, in a package kids will love.
What's Not: Certain celebrities are very region-specific, and some of the clues are overly-enigmatic.