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Nintendo DS Game Review

Drawn to Life
The Next Chapter


Format: Nintendo DS
RRP: £29.99
4 005209 128070
Age Restrictions: 3+
Available 16 October 2009

Draw your own heroes, be it humans, animals or multi-limbed creatures, and embark on an adventure aboard a Turtle Ship to defeat the evil Wilfre and restore colour to the Raposa civilization. Morph your hero into a blob or a spider to access different areas and complete various missions. Use the Action Drawing Tool to draw objects into the game to help solve puzzles and progression to the next level. Along the way, collect coins and colour drops to unlock a variety of content, including challenges and quests, customisation options and hero abilities...

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is the latest game in the Drawn to Life series of games in which you can use your drawing skills in order to bring to life your main character.

The story is engaging and quite in depth, even if it seems to take an age before you can actually get to the first section of the game where you can control your character. When this happens you are given a menu and a blank shape in which to draw your character. You can be as creative as you like and it's quite impressive to see your drawing come to life once you've completed it. Then, throughout the game, you can chose and draw other items, like weapons. Although, to be honest, I found this a little on the tricky side as the drawing area is incredibly small and even though I recalibrated my Nintendo DS so that the stylus was working as accurately as possible, it still wasn't close enough to ensure that what I drew on the screen actually fitted within the boundaries.

At various points in the game you can transform your character into a blob or a spider, each has its own abilities to help you advance through the levels. This also helps to make the game play a little more interesting.

And, should you so desire, you can also swap your creations with other friends so that they can play with your characters on their DS.

While the actually drawing element is a lot of fun, whether you enjoy this game will probably depend on how much time and effort you want to take in creating your character.


Nick Smithson

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