Drawn to Life DS

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  • Summary: Drawn to Life takes players to the next level of interaction and creativity on the Nintendo DS. Your exact drawings populate the game, and no tedious animating or image manipulation is necessary. In other words, your drawing comes to life. Rebuild a small village with your stylus, drawingDrawn to Life takes players to the next level of interaction and creativity on the Nintendo DS. Your exact drawings populate the game, and no tedious animating or image manipulation is necessary. In other words, your drawing comes to life. 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 population. Jump, crawl, charge and battle your way through dark forests, windy meadows, busy cities and tropical islands. 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. [5th Cell] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 90
    Drawn to Life is a must-have for every DS owner's library. [Oct 2007, p.87]
  2. 80
    Ultimately, however, the uniqueness and enjoyment of being able to create so much of the world yourself makes this one worth playing, even if the gameplay isn't as original and entertaining as the artistic parts.
  3. 79
    It's really a blend of unique and unconventional aspects that either will or won’t appeal to a given audience.
  4. Something of a bizarre mash-up between a classic 2D platformer and a coloring book, it may not be perfect, but it’s a fun and innovative title that makes great use of the DS’s unique capabilities and that will hopefully grow into a continuing franchise that builds on this strong start.
  5. 70
    Older gamers will likely find it too cutesy, but younger gamers -- especially budding videogame artists -- will find a lot to like here.
  6. Games Master UK
    66
    Whether you see the drawing as innovative or gimmicky will determine if you'll like this. [Nov 2007, p.72]
  7. 50
    The story and setting are cute and fun and the drawing aspect is nicely integrated into the whole package, but this is supposed to be a game, not an interactive story and art experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Aug 28, 2015
    10
    This and its sequel are easily the best DS games. The music is excellent along with the story, the gameplay is quite good, and from aThis and its sequel are easily the best DS games. The music is excellent along with the story, the gameplay is quite good, and from a non-technical viewpoint, the graphics are also astounding. Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    This is, without a doubt, my favorite video game of all time. And I do mean that. True, it may not be the most difficult platformer, and itThis is, without a doubt, my favorite video game of all time. And I do mean that. True, it may not be the most difficult platformer, and it may have next to no replayability, but that's not important. This game is simply overloaded with charm. The world has a great art style that fits in with whatever artistic creations you make, no matter what they look like. The DS is the perfect system for a game based around art as well, with no need for pointing at any screens - just draw. The characters are all unique and memorable, and for the amount of characters there are, that's saying a lot. In fact, I've not seen a game yet that has as many unique and memorable characters as Drawn to Life. The music is some of my favorite video game music ever. And the story is so interesting and compelling, more so than a lot of video games I've played recently.

    It may sound like I'm being overly positive about this game. But I'm not. Those are all completely accurate opinions I have on this game. If you don't own it already, you are doing yourself a major disservice.
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  3. TomP.
    Oct 20, 2007
    10
    By far the most charming, innovative, refreshingly old school platformer I've played in yonks.
  4. Sep 10, 2016
    10
    The best game of my childhood.I bought my nintendo ds lite because of this game. It's an incredible adventure with a type of story modeThe best game of my childhood.I bought my nintendo ds lite because of this game. It's an incredible adventure with a type of story mode difficul(or impossible) to find in any other DS game. The ending is great and the sequel was astonishing. I was waiting for a third episode but I know that it isn't going to happen. I'm still listening to its soundtrack... Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2014
    9
    Drawn to Life is a very creative type of game. It combines platforming with drawing which I think is really cool. I like the fact that thisDrawn to Life is a very creative type of game. It combines platforming with drawing which I think is really cool. I like the fact that this game basically involves you drawing things around in the world like your character and things you can interact with in the levels. The platforming, while not much to it, was fun and the story was very well done, it had both some emotional and dark elements in it's story; I even cried at the ending. The game also features good humor in it as well and a cool world to explore both in 2D and 3D. Drawn to Life is an awesome Nintendo DS game, I'd highly recommend it. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2014
    8
    Yeah, these games are DEEPLY flawed. Some levels feel too long, you can play as a doodle of a vulgar organ if you choose and there's REALLYYeah, these games are DEEPLY flawed. Some levels feel too long, you can play as a doodle of a vulgar organ if you choose and there's REALLY unresponsive controls in the wii and mobile releases.

    BUT. You must buy the ORIGINALS of both Drawn to Life and Drawn To Life: The next chapter. Do not get the double pack, the story is butchered in that one. The original two, will seem cheesy at times. Token, weird, startlingly dark at some moments. But when you reach the end of the second game, WITHOUT a lets play or any nonsense like that and you'll get a surprisingly deep and disturbingly heavy conclusion so satisfying your tears will fill your shoes and you'll go sterile from shock. It's good. REAL good.

    Yeah, it's generic sometimes. DON'T CONFUSE THAT. 5th cell are absolute masters of being the strangest things in my DS library, and this fantastic hidden gem, while a pretty darned fun plat former to begin with has a much deeper story than it lets on. Do not underestimate this game. This is art in its finest form.
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  7. HarryS.
    Jan 25, 2008
    3
    Badly designed and even worse to play. A simplistic game that doesn't push the boundries any further than any of THQ's kids games.

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#28 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#36 Most Shared DS Game of 2007