• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Oct 27, 2009
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
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  1. Nintendo Gamer
    72
    Too similar to the first game, including the not-that-good platforming. [Winter 2009, p.67]
  2. With a rather lovely soundtrack in addition to everything else, The Next Chapter may not be as ambitious as 5th Cell's other game, Scribblenauts, but it is a nice little platformer that may get your artistic juices flowing. Just don't go expecting anything too deep and you may be pleasantly surprised.
  3. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a successful sequel to the original game.
  4. While no single portion of the game is “best in class”, the sum of the parts is respectable.
  5. 70
    Sticking close to a tried and tested formula, The Next Chapter refines what the first Drawn to Life brought to the DS, yet doesn’t solve the all-too basic platforming issue, only makes it more diverse.
  6. 67
    Drawn to Life isn’t broken, but its ho-hum parts meant that it was incredibly rare for me to say I was having fun with a given part of the title, and that’s kind of a big part of why we play games.
  7. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter isn't an awful game by any stretch, but it barely manages to get past that average mark. If it weren't for the whole hero creation aspect, there'd hardly be a game here worth mentioning, so I wish the core platforming stuff were a little more interesting than it is.
  8. Behind all the brush strokes and ink lines lies a rather ho-hum experience.
  9. 60
    Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter will appeal to fans of the first game, as well as kids who love building things.
  10. 60
    The drawings you create make the game's name ring true and brings life to the game that is mostly a story. The levels are over in the blink of an eye and feel like stop gaps for telling the story.
  11. As a whole it is a good package but one that will fail to appeal to older gamers.
  12. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a game with potential; a lot of potential. Unfortunately in many respects the designers seem to have been sorely lacking in the strength of their own convictions.

Awards & Rankings

50
25
#25 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
64
#64 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Feb 1, 2015
    10
    The best DS game I've played and one of the best I've played on any platform. The story is good and continues from the first one. Wilfre is aThe best DS game I've played and one of the best I've played on any platform. The story is good and continues from the first one. Wilfre is a little **** who deserved to get slaughtered at the end. It's a controversial ending, seeing as how the entire thing ends up being a dream. But still an extremely fun game. Full Review »
  2. Feb 19, 2013
    10
    Ok before I start, may I ask Why do people hate this game!?!?! It is an excellent 2-D platformer with a great score, and an excellent story. IOk before I start, may I ask Why do people hate this game!?!?! It is an excellent 2-D platformer with a great score, and an excellent story. I must also give a shout out about the graphics, THERE GORGEOUS. I will admit that the water-color gorgeousness doesn't blend well with your own crudely drawn drawings... But all is forgiven because of how gorgeous those oversold graphics are. I love the graphics if you couldn't tell. I also really like the level design, it has a perfect sense of challenge not to hard and not to easy... Well the second half of the game. I could go on and on about this game and how much I love it, but I don't wanna waste your time. All and all this is the most underrated game I've ever played. Sure it's kinda short and the ending sucks, but it's an experience that many people are missing out on. I would recommend this game to anyone who likes platformers a or those who just enjoy a great experience. Buy this game, please... Well that is if you can find it... RIP THQ... Full Review »
  3. Sep 12, 2015
    8
    A severely underrated DS classic worth playing if only for its story.

    That's right, in a game where you can drawn some genitals and fights
    A severely underrated DS classic worth playing if only for its story.

    That's right, in a game where you can drawn some genitals and fights monsters AS those genitals, there's a decent plot and downright gorgeous soundtrack. DTL2 is dark, charming, tragic and delightfully bittersweet. Play 'em both, see what you've been hearing about.
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