• 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
  1. 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.
  2. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter will draw you into its immersive and colorful, kid-friendly world.
  3. The story and adventure has greater cohesion and continuity, which is balanced by the fact the platforming gameplay is still on the bland side.
  4. While the gameplay can't exactly be hailed as superior to their self-made rival product, the Drawn to Life sequel opens up the imagination in new ways, just as the original did, and the improved storytelling makes it highly worth the while of the young and young-at-heart gamers who are still a core audience of the DS.
  5. 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.
  6. We like the innovation. [Dec 2009, p.86]
  7. This new installment of Drawn to Life has resulted in an even better title than the first game, with more options and a better game experience.
  8. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter bests its predecessor in almost every way, and provides one of the best ways to flex the creative and gaming sides of your brain at the same time.
  9. It's not overly difficult, so younger players might get the most of it, but the novelty of seeing your creations come to life is a treat for all ages. [Dec 2009, p.88]
  10. 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.
  11. Behind all the brush strokes and ink lines lies a rather ho-hum experience.
  12. 60
    Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter will appeal to fans of the first game, as well as kids who love building things.
  13. 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.
  14. Too similar to the first game, including the not-that-good platforming. [Winter 2009, p.67]
  15. Really, how great Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter happens to be kind of depends on how creative the player is. If one doesn't really feel like creating a third to a half of the game world, then the end product probably won't be that interesting.
  16. At the end of the day, Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is an interesting sequel to the original game, although it seems to be lacking that oomph factor.
  17. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a successful sequel to the original game.
  18. While no single portion of the game is “best in class”, the sum of the parts is respectable.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. As a whole it is a good package but one that will fail to appeal to older gamers.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  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. Dec 30, 2014
    5
    Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter suffers from being so similar to the original that it becomes worse, with an even cheesier story and even moreDrawn to Life: The Next Chapter suffers from being so similar to the original that it becomes worse, with an even cheesier story and even more questionable design choices. It has its fun moments, but overall, it was just a disappointing experience. Full Review »
  3. Nov 29, 2014
    9
    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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