Excerpt: I am surprised that no one else has released a game like Drawn to Life on the Nintendo DS. THQ has certainly capitalized on the most natural application of the bottom touch screen of the DS in a customization scheme that makes the player more attached to the game. Platforms, spring boards, transportation machines, and a plethora of other items are drawn or colored by the player. The game will then animate these and they are used.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game has only mild cartoon violence, about on par with what kids will see in Mario games. Players stomp on baddies and shoot things to make them disappear. At its heart, this game is a platform puzzler in which you get to draw your own main character and loads of other stuff. But don't be afraid if you can't draw: The game helps you if you need it, and even the simplest drawings end up animating well.
Excerpt: By Gary Kearney I like sports games although I can't say I'm very good at sports in real life. Same goes for first person shooters and I can only guess that I'm not good at really shooting people, not do I care to find out. I really dig Guitar Hero although I have no musical talent. For the most part my abilities in real life doesn't hamper my enjoyment of a game. That changes somewhat with THQ's Nintendo DS release Drawn To Life.
Excerpt: When it comes to storylines, Drawn to Life is as trite as they come: A shadow-like evil has enveloped a village, so the townspeople summon your help as a hero to save them from doom. Yawn. But how you play out this quest is what separates this innovative THQ platformer from all the other action-adventure games of this kind.
Excerpt: Although it is definitely not the most powerful handheld console on the market today, the Nintendo DS has led he industry to rethink how they make games. While we have seen our fair share of standard games with some "basic touch screen" concepts thrown in, THQ has tried to go the extra mile in delivering a project that gives players not only a 2D platformer to play through but also the ability to draw and create the game around them. This game is Drawn to Life.
Excerpt: Platformers are nothing new. Indeed, they have been around since the days of Pitfall and Super Mario Bros. While the 2D platformer genre has gone through a lot of changes since those days, one thing has generally remained the same: the entire game was preprogrammed and uncustomizable. Until now.
Summary: Drawn to Life takes players to the next level of interaction and creativity on the NDS. Your exact drawings populate the game, and no tedious animating or image manipulation is necessary. In other words, your drawing comes to life!
Excerpt: Drawn to Life (DTL) tells the story about the Raposa people; a group of creatures whos very way of life has been disrupted due to the actions of a rebel Raposa named Wilfre. The evil Wilfre has cast the land into shadow and stolen The Book of Life ripping up its pages and hiding them across the world. The Book of Life contains all the templates needed by the Creator to give life to the world, be it a moon, the stars, or even houses.