Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter DS

  • 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. The story and adventure has greater cohesion and continuity, which is balanced by the fact the platforming gameplay is still on the bland side.
  2. 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.
  3. While no single portion of the game is “best in class”, the sum of the parts is respectable.
  4. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a successful sequel to the original game.
  5. Games Master UK
    79
    We like the innovation. [Dec 2009, p.86]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Behind all the brush strokes and ink lines lies a rather ho-hum experience.
  9. Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter will draw you into its immersive and colorful, kid-friendly world.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 60
    Drawn To Life: The Next Chapter will appeal to fans of the first game, as well as kids who love building things.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    72
    Too similar to the first game, including the not-that-good platforming. [Winter 2009, p.67]
  16. 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.
  17. Nintendo Power
    80
    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]
  18. 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.
  19. As a whole it is a good package but one that will fail to appeal to older gamers.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#24 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
#48 Most Shared DS Game of 2009
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 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. 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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