Drawn to Life DS

Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. 79
    It's really a blend of unique and unconventional aspects that either will or won’t appeal to a given audience.
  2. Though it's a fairly rote platformer with some coloring-book underpinnings, Drawn to Life's drawing mechanic is undeniably unique.
  3. This game has a very solid presentation and is absolutely perfect for younger gamers seeking an animated coloring book; however, I think older gamers will be somewhat disappointed.
  4. A great example of a game that successfully walks the line between new and older territory, offering a package that appeals to a broad age-group.
  5. The drawing is spot-on, and if they could clean up the platforming, make a more intricate plot and present us with characters we care about, they could have a true classic on their hands.
  6. Drawn To Life features some excellent sound and music.
  7. 90
    Drawn to Life is a must-have for every DS owner's library. [Oct 2007, p.87]
  8. An extremely solid little sidescroller, with intricately designed levels, hidden items you'll love and originality to spare.
  9. 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.
  10. In the end Drawn to Life may not be the most impressive all around experience, however it is certainly a unique and fun game to play.
  11. Nintendo Power
    75
    If you have no interest in art or DIY game design, then you should steer clear of DTL, but if you're itching to cook up some digital art, you'll have a blast. [Nov 2007, p.105]
  12. 77
    Drawn to Life is by no means a bad game, it's just a simple one with innovative mechanics thrown into the mix.
  13. 75
    Drawn to Life offers up some solid, yet safe, platforming. Where it really shines is in the concept behind its world and the ability to draw sections it. There are few games that let you get creative, but this is definately one of them.
  14. 80
    Drawn to Life has a color and personality far beyond the majority of platformers, and is a perfect fit for the DS functionality to boot, already giving it a good headstart on its competitors quality.
  15. Nintendo Gamer
    77
    Has more than enough inspired moments to help you see past the shortcomings. [Dec 2007, p.61]
  16. Drawn to Life makes excellent use of the DS touch pad by allowing you to easily design your own characters, weapons, and various transports. Unfortunately, the rest of the game can become quite a chore and often becomes redundant.
  17. It's a brilliant kid's game, and I'm surprise nobody came out with a game like it sooner.
  18. 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.
  19. Maxi Consolas (Portugal)
    80
    Its original concept and great execution makes something more of what might have been just another platformer. It’s quite a treat to see our own creations in the game world. [Nov 2007]

Awards & Rankings

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#29 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
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#26 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User 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. Full Review »
  2. 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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  3. 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. Full Review »