There’s nothing better in life than a social gathering with family and friends. Indulging in a lavish banquet together, drinking too much, and laughing out loud till you have stomach pains. Good times. And to finish the night you spill out your board game collection for some competitive tabletop action. Nothing beats it. But in a twist ending, you gather them in your lounge room and announce a new and exciting game to play, Drawful 2.
Drawful was one of five games originally included in The Jackbox Party Pack, from Jackbox Games, Inc. who are known for creating other party games like Quiplash, Fibbage, and their YOU DON’T KNOW JACK series of trivia games. Due to the popularity of their family friendly party games, many of their titles have received sequels or updates and Drawful 2, being the most recent, was released on Steam in June of 2016.
One copy of Drawful 2 will allow up to eight players at a time, and the best part is that there are no special controllers required, which is the same for the other games in The Jackbox Party Packs. Players will use their mobile phones, tablets or laptops to connect into the game, using a web browser and a secret code given out by the games host.
It’s really simple and easy to play. After each player has drawn their own avatar, there are three phases that follow. Phase one presents each player with a title, and they are to draw their best impression of it within a short amount of time. In phase two, a picture is chosen at random for the group to see. Then everyone is given another moment to devise their creative and comical titles for the picture.
And the final phase is the voting. Each player will decide what they think matches the artist’s impressions from the list of titles compiled from the other players. The highest points are rewarded to the correct title, and a lesser score goes to those who chose the original artist’s false title. A simple but cheerful narration will keep the game moving and the laughs coming.
At the end of each round, the player’s scores are tallied up on a leader board and the game continues until each player has had their picture lampooned. You can also tailor your games by adding your own in-house jokes to the experience, or upload them to the cloud service for others to enjoy.
One of the new features of Drawful 2 allows for the use of two different coloured pens, but no eraser! Part of the game’s humour comes from what first strikes your imagination, and getting that down quickly onto the screen with all of its silly and ridiculous ideas. Additionally, Drawful 2 also has a Twitch feature for live streaming built into the game, allowing others to play remotely.
These options are great and appealing for professional live streamers wanting to share their experience with the world. The audience members can join in the fun too, by voting on what they think are the best or funniest answers. Parents can rest assured that their kids can enjoy this game without absorbing every curse word in the book. You can take control of the adult humour and provocative titles, by using the censoring options.
Bringing your immaturity to the forefront will guarantee the best and most hilarious results in Drawful 2. So at your next social gathering, instead of dusting off Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble from last time, boot up this party game for some silly side-splitting entertainment!
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Tim Pearce is a freelance journalist and contributor to PN2. Go say hi over on MeatBaitMedia!