PictoImage Review
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System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Skonec 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: SEGA 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 2, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Luckily, there a few different ways to play that make PictoImage somewhat interesting. There's a mode called PictoImage for Two where you don't even need two Nintendo DS in order to play with someone else. All you have to do is draw when it's your turn and pass the DS to your friend when it's his/her turn to guess and vice versa.

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The fastest guesser out of the five rounds is the winner. If you rather play each with your DS, you can select Classic Play, Team Play, Picture Race, Grade Play, and Picture Pass. These modes are available in the Multiplayer section of the game. The goal of the game is the same, but some modes let you play with partners, others will have you cooperate to draw and guess as fast as possible in order to help Penzel to reach the goal. In Grade Play you'll be awarded scores depending on your guessing speed. Finally, Picture Pass tests your teamwork abilities by making everyone work on the same picture till it's completed. The last person will have to try to guess what the word is.

And…that's all there's to PictoImage, pretty much. In the Extras menu you can enter up to 50 of your own words. This may add some spice to the game if there's stuff you and your friends like to chat and laugh about. Imagine if you were to add the names of all your teachers and then someone gets to draw the teacher and the other has to guess! I can see this part of the game adding more excitement and complicity to the formula, equaling a bigger dose of fun. If they allowed you to enter more than 50 words, you could even use it to play in another language! It would be a good way to refresh your memory and enhance your vocabulary knowledge.

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The visuals in the game, which I didn't mention yet, are okay. It has a somewhat childish look that may not be appealing for everyone. It's part of the reason why the game seems like it was made for kids. You'll find cute drawings, crayons, colors, and a simple menu interface. There's really not much to it. Same with the music; there's a silly tune you'll hear over and over while in the menus, and a couple others you'll hear during gameplay. They're too simple and just continue to loop throughout the game.

If you're a parent thinking about picking up this game for your kid, I think you may be on the right track if you just want your kid to be creative, learn how to draw, share something with his friends, etc. However, it may not be as exciting for them as playing MegaMan, LEGO StarWars, or Animal Crossing, so you may have to give it some thought.

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
As in most cases, they get the job done. PictoImage looks fine but somewhat childish.
3.9
Control
Drawing with the stylus is easy, and word recognition works well. Selecting the paint can every time gets annoying.
3.3
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Simple tunes get repetitive, plus they are also a bit childish.
3.5

Play Value
Fun for kids, but not so much for adults. Guessing words is boring, but drawing is fun.E

3.2
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Battle it Out in a Match of Wits: Fun multiplayer modes pit you against your friends in an intense battle. Eight different modes ensure the party never stops.
  • Challenge Your Friends with the Ad Hoc Download Feature: Party it up with PictoImage - you only need one copy of the game for eight friends to join in the fun.
  • Enhance Your Skills with Practice Mode: Featuring tips and tricks to help improve your game. Over ninety different practice examples to choose from guarantees you'll be the quickest on the draw.
  • Show Off Your Masterpieces with the Picture Gallery: Become a regular Picasso using the gallery feature. Save your drawings to show off to your friends. It's like having a digital sketch book in your pocket.


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