Your iOS device offers a big beautiful touch screen that is just begging to be drawn on. Well, now you can in the new game Impossible Draw that is all about drawing shapes. You’re given a series of shapes, and you need to just draw the shape that appears on screen. Each shape is on a gate, and you can only clear the gate by drawing the shape correctly, otherwise you smash into the gate, and it’s game over. Impossible Draw is reminiscent of Smash Hit in terms of the 3D futuristic world that you’re flying through, and instead of tossing balls to smash gates, you’re drawing shapes.
Drawing shapes isn’t the toughest task, but the impending doom of flying towards a gate sure does implement challenge. At the beginning, you can be more deliberate with your lines to aim for a perfect replication of the given shape. As the speed increases, you just try to get the shape on screen to be close enough to get right to the next shape, which is fast approaching. For the most part, you’re drawing relatively simple lines including letters, and numbers, but it becomes plenty intense in short order. It’s easy to just keep retrying to better your score in an attempt to master the shapes quicker to survive through more gates.
The entire engine is well constructed whether it’s the beautiful 3D visuals, thumping electronic soundtrack, or the touch sensitive drawing engine. The one problem is that the game’s recognition seems overly strict at times where your drawing looks very close, but the game doesn’t let you pass. It can be disheartening when this happens a few times, especially since the game doesn’t give clear feedback on what exactly is wrong. The long term replay factor is a question mark as you will probably get stuck reaching the same plateau on every endless run. There are three unlockable game modes, and two unlockable themes to strive for by simply grinding through with each shape counting as a bit, and you need hundreds of bits to unlock each new item. The game is free to play with the option to speed things along with more bits.
Impossible Draw (Free, Universal) is an intriguing challenge that is worth picking up for shape drawing fun.