(http://www.drawntolife.com/) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. After a great success on the Nintendo DS two years ago, the sequel to Drawn to Life is finally brought to both the Wii system.  Drawn to life: The Next Chapter is an action game combined with a unique aspect of drawing.  Taking advantage of the Wii’s sensing technology, the player will create mostly everything in the game to create a custom gaming world. You will use your Wii controller as a pen to draw your own hero, weapons, and many other objects in game.

(http://www.drawntolife.com/) Rated E for Everyone by ESRB. After a great success on the Nintendo DS two years ago, the sequel to Drawn to Life is finally brought to both the Wii system.  Drawn to life: The Next Chapter is an action game combined with a unique aspect of drawing.  Taking advantage of the Wii’s sensing technology, the player will create mostly everything in the game to create a custom gaming world. You will use your Wii controller as a pen to draw your own hero, weapons, and many other objects in game.

 

Presentation:

You are a creator of the world who watches over Roposa people.  When the world is threatened by a creature of darkness, you drew a “Hero” and use the Book of Life to help him defeat enemies and restore balance to the world.  In the game, many objects are missing.  For example, car, store sign, platform to higher place, etc.  As the creator of this world, you will needs to bring back the missing objects to help the hero to reach his goal.

 

Graphics:

The world, the creatures, and the objects in the game are extremely cute.  The environment is bright and colorful.  As you walk around the world, you can find the game designers put a lot of effort on the game objects.  Smoke from Chimneys, Flowers on the ground, Chairs in the house, and Cloud in the sky.  Every little detail carefully placed within the gaming environment. The animation of moving objects is a plus too. 

 

Sound:

The music to the game is great and enjoyable. It really keeps you in an energetic mood ready to play more.  During the game play, the soundtrack is upbeat and well suited for the scene and background of the game.  You will enjoy it every minute.  The sound effects and dialogue make the game entertaining too.

       

 

Gameplay:

Drawing and creativity is a major part of this game.  In the single player mode, you will first draw the world, the Sun, and the Moon.  After the story starts, you will begin creating your own hero to start your adventure.  In hero drawing screen, there are five boxes which represents the head, torso, two arms, and two legs. You can put anything in these boxes with your own imagination.  Even if you put five dots in these boxes, your hero can still be brought to life.  From a simple stick figure to a carefully planned figure in armor, the skies the limit when it comes to creating a hero personalized to the player.  If the player need some guidance as to creating a brand new heroes, there are stamps of faces, bodies, and hair to speed up the creation process.  After you draw the outline of your hero, you can start giving it different color and shading.  Drawing really is a fun part of this game if you are an artistic individual.  As for the drawing tool, it can feel like drawing on air or waving like at times.  However, you can compensate this feeling by adjusting the motion setting within the game.  Still the precision of the drawing tool depends on the steadiness of your hands.  Players can try to rest their hands on a sofa as recommended by the game or use two hands to hold the Wiimote for increase precision. 

 

The platform levels within the single player mode are large and expand in multiple directions.  Players will often explore the levels vertically and horizontally.  The difficulty of the game is not over bearing.  There are some basic jumping challenges and moderate puzzles.

 

During gameplay, the player will continue to find missing objects in the game world which will require new drawings to represents them.  For example, the player will need to draw a rising platform for the hero at a certain point of the game.  The player can draw the missing object as a cloud with a smiling face similar fashion as in a Mario Brother’s Game or a modern gondola lift seen in high rises.  New to this sequel is the physics box which the shape of the drawings will affect its reaction and interaction with the world.  Players will often draw several different types of platform to help the hero accomplish different goals. 

 

Additional to the single player platform adventure, there a 4 mini games that can be one or two players.  There is a 2 on 2 volleyball , 3 on 3 hockey, basketball, and soccer game.  These games are basic sports game that require passing and shooting.  Also, you can use the heroes that have been created in the single player mode. 

  

Longevity:

To draw different objects, to make things in your mind lives, and to create absolutely unique game objects are always a gamer or an artist’s dream. During game play, you can always edit your hero, so you will never get bored with one character.

       

 

Conclusion:

“Drawn to Live: The Next Chapter” is a game for fun for anyone looking for a simply platform game along with some moderate puzzles.  This game will be well suited for younger audiences or a family setting new to video gaming.  With the use of the new physics box, players will find some fun puzzles that will require some creative drawing.  As for player who have owned the previous Drawn to Life or Super Mario Brothers type game, they will some new element to the usual platform games with the new style of puzzles presented here.

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