We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
Games software Reviews
15,670 Reviews

Draw Something Assistant review


Manufacturer: Scoompa

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

The Draw Something Assistant is a brilliant helper app for Draw Something, well worth downloading if you're completely useless at drawing.

Draw Something is the latest fad app for iOS and Android, and everybody knows somebody who's addicted to the Pictionary-style game. Not all of us are artists, but you shouldn't let that put you off giving it a go. Scoompa's free Draw Something Assistant can turn your cack-handed doodles into beautiful and, crucially, recognisable images. See also How to make a stylus and Draw Something tips and tricks

The Draw Something Assistant offers up a selection of illustrations via a Bing image search; choose one, open Draw Something, then shake your smartphone or tablet to have a semi-transparent image appear onscreen. You can then simply trace its outline with a finger or stylus. It's cheating, yes, but it beats taking the easy route and writing down the word you're trying to depict. Another shake of the screen and the tell-tale image is gone. Go to Draw Something review.

The app works independently to Draw Something, meaning it's also functional in other drawing and note-taking apps. This is potentially brilliant for kids practising their drawing skills, since it allows them to trace and colour in pictures of their favourite cartoon characters and the like. Depending on the app, it could then be saved, printed out and stuck on the bedroom wall. And unlike Draw Something, it also works in both portrait and landscape modes. Visit Best Draw Something Stylus.

Since the images are provided by Bing rather than the app itself, it's easy enough to adjust your search query and get more relevant results. However, it also means some images returned are watermarked - there's no copyright concern, given that your Draw Something doodles aren't published, although it can rather spoil the effect. One you've selected an image, you can move, resize and rotate it before opening it in your selected app. See also Top ten Android apps.

As with Draw Something itself, there are both free and paid-for ($1) versions of the Draw Something Assistant. The premium app lets you adjust the opacity of the image onscreen; in the free version it's locked to 25 percent. The paid-for app also supports language translations.

It's possible to launch Draw Something within the helper app, but we found it easier to have the two running simultaneously - not all Android devices will support this, though. Apart from anything else, you can sometimes find that the choice of items you're given to draw for an individual game can change if you exit and re-enter the app.

The Draw Something Assistant could potentially be used to allow you to draw the three-coin 'hard' picture in each game, although we often find that Draw Something uses terms here that the average user would be unlikely to guess, no matter how good our artwork was. Of course, your picture could have been drawn by Picasso and some users still wouldn't be any good at guessing it. We were slightly miffed that our opponent was unable to guess our drawing of a seahorse, given that we'd, you know, cheated… and it was blatantly obvious. They did compliment us on our drawing skills, however.

Draw Something Assistant requires several permissions on your Android device (although not many more than Draw Something itself). The developer explains these requirements in Google Play. Notably, it requires your course location to collect statistics on the number of installations in each country, system alerts to allow it to draw on top of another app, and accounts are used only when you provide feedback.

Several users have reported that the Draw Something Assistant doesn't work on the Samsung Galaxy Note, although we had no problems with our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.

Draw Something by OMGPOP Expert Verdict »

Android 2.2 or later
369kb available storage space
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

The Draw Something Assistant is a brilliant helper app for Draw Something, well worth downloading if you're completely useless at drawing.

  • Draw Something

    Draw Something

    Hilarious and crazily addictive, Draw Something is the best thing since Pictionary. Here's our full review, updated 20th April 2012.

  • The Great Pumpkin Festival review

    The Great Pumpkin Festival

    Fancy yourself as the ultimate pumpkin carver? Enter Loud Crow Interactive's Great Pumpkin Festival and show off your skills to the world tonight.

  • Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD review

    Griffin Crayola ColorStudio HD

    The Griffin Crayola ColorStudio App for iPad allows your children to create endless pictures and colourings.

  • Quill review


    Quill is a handwriting app for Android tablets that's simple, but limited. Here's our Quill review.

  • thumbsUp! iCrayon review

    thumbsUp! iCrayon

    Of the many styluses available for capacitive screens, the iCrayon is one of the cheapest - and most fun.

IDG UK Sites

How to use an Apple Watch: Everything you need to know about the Apple Watch

IDG UK Sites

Why Scottish Tablet is better than the iPad mini

IDG UK Sites

VFX Breakdowns: 10 behind-the-scenes looks at how incredible effects were created for Hollywood...

IDG UK Sites

Apple MacBook 1.1 GHz review (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015): The future of Apple laptops