Draw Something, reviewed, is the most popular mobile game of the moment and is available on the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. It isn't on Windows Phone 7 yet, but we hope that will change soon.
The problem for most people is that they're pretty useless at drawing. That can result in some hilarious pictures, but also some incomprehensible ones. With our tips, your creations will be the envy of your friends. Plus, we'll show you some tricks to save precious coins.
1. Use a stylus
Drawing with your stubby fingers is an activity that should really be reserved for childhood (as should brightly coloured poster paints). Attempting to draw anything remotely intricate on a 3.5in iPhone screen when your finger is covering up a good proportion of the canvas isn't the best route to masterpiece.
What you really need is a stylus. Not the pointy plastic variety you used to use on your Palm PDA, but the new style with a soft rubber end. There are lots available, and we've rounded up and reviewed a selection here. If those prices seem to expensive, or you can't wait a second longer, then why not make your own using household items and our step-by-step guide.
2. Use a bigger screen
Those detailed pictures your friends have been drawing - the ones that take foot-tapping minutes to appear on your screen - are almost certainly done on a tablet screen. If you can, swap your piddly smartphone for a tablet and you'll instantly have a larger canvas. The extra room makes is far easier to draw pictures that your friends will be able to guess.
3. Buy extra colours
Trees are green and their trunks brown. You can't expect friends to realise you've drawn a tree if you stick to the basic palette of black, blue, yellow and red. It's an especially cunning ploy on the part of the developer to get you to spend money on more colours. However, if you play for a couple of days, you should have earned enough coins to buy a colour pack.
4. Use the tools in your box
As well as drawing objects in using the correct colours, take advantage of different line thicknesses. Not all objects can be drawn by sticking with one thickness. Making use of different line widths usually helps to get your point across, and using the thinnest 'brush' allows you to put more detail into your picture. The default brush isn't the smallest.
5. Outline objects in black
Solid colours can take you only so far. To help your friends see edges and perspective more clearly, finish off your drawing by using the thinnest line width and giving objects a clear outline.
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6. Use the eraser to draw white objects
Need to draw the word 'wedding'? You'll want a flowing white dress - not that easy to achieve on a white background. You could draw an outline using tip no. 5 but it's nicer to use the thickest line to paint in a coloured background, then use the eraser as a white paintbrush.
7. Think American
One of the drawbacks, if you'll pardon the pun, is that Draw Something is a US-centred game. We hope the developer will sort this out in the forthcoming update, but for now, we're stuck with a bunch of Americanisms such as soccer, smores and molasses.
It's possible to avoid these words, but you might want to adopt a convention of drawing a small American flag so your friends know it isn't an English word they're trying to guess.
8. Get new words without using up bombs
Sometimes, you're presented with three words that you either don't know or you can't draw. Draw Something allows you to get new words, but at the expense of one of your bombs. There's a way to cheat and get new words for free, though.
Simply return to your device's home screen and then quit the app. On iOS devices, double-tap the Home button to view running apps and tap and hold on Draw Something to show the 'x'. Tap it to exit the app, then tap the main screen to shut the multitasking bar, then relaunch Draw Something. You'll have to go through the process of guessing the other person's drawing again but you'll get a new selection of words when it's time to draw a picture for them.
8.5. Pick a new word to draw
Accidentally tapped on the wrong word and can't draw it? No problem. As with the bombs trick above, simply quit the app and restart it. You'll return to the list of games where you can start again with the watching, guessing, drawing process.
9. Use an arrow to get your point across
The lack of rules in Draw Something means that pretty much anything goes. Of course, it's pointless to write the word you're supposed to be drawing, but you CAN draw an arrow to highlight the part of a picture that depicts the word. Even the developer, OMGPOP, suggests this in its own list of tips and tricks.
10. Use Google images to give you inspiration
Some of the words in Draw Something are harder than others to draw. Oddly, the difficulty rating against some words is the opposite of what it should be, but that's beside the point. People tend to be the most difficult to draw as unless you're an artist skilled at caricatures, it's hard to make Kate Moss look different from Lady GaGa.
One trick we've used is to search Google Images for cartoon pictures of people and other objects. Copying these usually results in a much more recognisable drawing.