When I’ve posted about Flash games in the past, I’ve usually tried to convey their long-term appeal, but not this one.
I’ve no doubt you’ll probably play it a couple of times then forget about it, but if you can get a good game going it can be hilarious. I’ve just finished playing a match and found myself chuckling for several minutes after I had stopped playing.
A long time ago I wrote about a multiplayer flash game called Farragomate. In it you had to construct sentences from a selection of random words and connectors (the, if, of, etc.), then everyone voted for the best sentence. If you got together with a good group (who didn’t insist on having penis as a user name so that they could use it in the game) you could end up with some pretty funny lines (whether intentional or not). This game is structured very similarly.
Post it Draw it (aside from being an advert for the famous yellow notes) is basically a multiplayer flash game based around the game Pictionary. Each player takes a turn and has to draw a picture to represent a word, or words, on a yellow piece of paper (hence the Post it connection) whilst everyone else guesses.
The selection of words on offer is generally pretty good, with a few strange ones thrown in, and you are generally given enough time, with easy ones lasting around 10 seconds and the harder words going on for up to a minute. In the top right hand corner there is also a hang-man style hint which slowly reveals as time goes on, which often helps your mind connect with what is being drawn and occasionally helping solving it without.
Technically the game does a good enough job, I’ve read about various issues in the comments but experienced only a few minor connection problems myself. The game reproduces the pictures in close to real-time, with some lag depending on the drawers connection, and has a pretty large selection of colours and tools to give you the best possible chance of drawing something recognisable.
There is also a strange system of bonus points which I haven’t been able to fathom out, it’s possibly the large boost at the end from this that resulted in someone reporting me, either that or they’re just a sore loser.
Which brings me onto my next point, that the quality of the game depends on your fellow players. Like Farragomate you may end up playing with some people who aren’t willing to commit to the game, and who simply write out the answer on the pad. There are some words you’ll get that are just too hard to draw a picture of, but so long as you give it a try there’s no problem in writing out the answer, however some people just do it straight from the start. That’s a real shame because some of the funniest moments come from people putting out random guesses that have a vague link to what has been drawn, and the inevitable collective sigh when you all see the answer.
As I said at the beginning this isn’t a brilliant game that will enthral you and capture your interest for days on end, but for a quick bit of fun it’s well worth a go. Have a go either on the games own web page here, or the usual Kongregate link.
To finish, I’d like to issue a public apology to some of the people I have played with, my drawing skills are atrocious and aside from a few strokes of genius my doodles often bear very little to the word I was given. 🙂