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Video Game / Drawful

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A Pictionary-like multiplayer game from Jackbox Games for mobile devices, released as part of the first Jackbox Party Pack in 2014. At the start of each game, players are given a (rarely straightforward) prompt to draw a picture for. After the drawing is done, players guess the prompt for each drawing; after all guesses have been submitted, all of them are then shown alongside the correct prompt. Guessing correctly earns both the guesser and the artist points, but choosing somebody else's guess scores them points instead. A sizable part of the fun comes from the limited color palettes and the lack of an erase function, making drawing pictures for certain prompts an exercise in hilarity.

A sequel, Drawful 2, was released as a separate game in 2016. In this version, you can make your own episode for strangers to play (you make the prompts) and strangers who know your room code are freely permitted to join the audience. It was also ported to PC, PS4 and Xbox One later in 2016, and to Nintendo Switch in 2018.

A third game, Drawful: Animate, was announced as part of Jackbox Party Pack 8. It features new drawing tools and tasks players with producing simple two-frame animations based on the prompts they get.

Compare to, an .io Game equivalent to this game.

Drawful provides examples of the following:

  • Animate Inanimate Object: Every player who is actively drawing something is represented by a pencil of the color randomly assigned to them at the start of the match. Said pencil has a tiny face on its eraserhead, and will twist like a worm up until the player is done drawing, at which point it'll snap in half and be replaced with their profile picture.
  • Art-Shifted Sequel: With (slightly) more art options in the second Drawful, you may or may not get an Art Evolution with said players.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: You are allowed to draw with two colors (likely suffering from a limited palette as it's usually two complimentary colors), probably because a wide pallet to pick from is more time consuming as the game is timed. As in, "I can't decide whether to use fuschia or aqua marine".
  • Intentionally Awkward Title: Invoked with some of the Toilet Humor categories.
  • Lemony Narrator: A female example. She says things like "your drawings are a mess. I love it." Since this is Jackbox Games, she is also quite crude.
  • Playing Pictionary: This game is like Pictionary, so hilarity related to guessing is bound to ensue.
  • Portmantitle: The game's title is a combination of "draw" and "awful".
  • Stylistic Suck: Players may try their best, and sometimes achieve genuinely impressive drawings, but just as often, they'll intentionally go for the most hilariously bad drawing possible.
  • Timed Mission: You get a minute to write you guess as to what the picture being shown you actually represents. Rather than going for conventional clock-like timers, the game instead has seconds in the increments of five (20, 35, 45, etc.) on the bottom of the screen, and they'll be eventually covered by a cat's paw holding a quill that's constantly advancing from right to left.
  • Word-Salad Humor: The drawing prompts are frequently these; the announcer herself will name "iron lunch" or "steep Harvey's moustache" as examples right before you are all given something like this.