Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter Review
Wii | DS
Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter box art
System: Wii, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: 5th Cell 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: THQ 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 27, 2009 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

One major area of improvement that's easy to overlook is the slew of upgrades that have been made to the game's built-in drawing program itself. With some patience, you have a lot more flexibility to craft some truly impressive character and object designs. For starters, the color palette is beefed-up to 64 colors (more than double from the first game) and there are more tools at your disposal.

Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot

A paint airbrush lets you blend colors together, you can lock out colors so you can't accidentally draw over them, and there's even a dropper tool to select from colors you've already laid down. And that's not even the best part: you can add extra limbs and change the size of your character's proportions. That means you can have a giant, hammerhead hero with four arms and three legs if you feel like it.

Even with almost limitless freedom to scrawl stuff to your heart's content, opportunities to draw new in-game elements don't really pop-up as frequently as you'd hope. That might be a good thing, if you're artistic abilities are lacking, but the implementation of the fun creation aspect feels unnecessarily light this time around. When you do wind up drawing things, they're not always terribly new either - a lot of sketches tend to be platform-related items.

Advertisement

Fans of the original game will appreciate the nice visual updates and other minor changes found in The Next Chapter, even if the overall experience isn't drastically different. This sequel is worth sticking with to it's conclusion to wrap up the story between the two games. It's a cute and sometimes touching tale that's light on challenge but heavy on charm.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
The watercolor-esque overworld visuals are simply beautiful, and other areas also show marked improvement.
3.6
Control
Switching between the stylus to draw and the D-pad and other buttons to play is still a bit cumbersome.
4.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
There's some nice-but-limited voice work woven in to boost the audio.
3.9

Play Value
The story and adventure has greater cohesion and continuity, which is balanced by the fact the platforming gameplay is still on the bland side

4.1
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Create without limits: Versatile advanced drawing tool features allow for more multitude of unique items though out the game.
  • Let your imagination run wild: Ability to draw multi-limbed creatures means you can create your own hero in any form - human, animal or something entirely different.
  • Action drawing: Draw objects directly into the game-play to help you advance through the levels. Each color has special powers and gives your creation unique properties.
  • Morph your hero: Choose to turn your hero into a blob or a spider, each has its own abilities to help you advance through the levels
  • Extensive action adventure game-play: Explore 4 new worlds and sail on a special ship YOU create. Collect color drops to progress through the game and unlock content including challenges, quests, customization options and much more!
  • Swap your creations with friends via multi-card play: Trade heroes, weapons, items and hero accessories with friends who have the game too!


  • Screenshots / Images
    Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter screenshot - click to enlarge

    X
    "Like" CheatCC on Facebook