My first purchase from Big Fish Games was a recent PC game called Drawn: The Painted Tower. An adventure game full of intricate puzzles, moody music and some of the most beautiful graphics of any casual gamer game, Drawn: The Painted Tower is casual gaming at its best.
Drawn: The Painted Tower Storyline – You start the game at the entrance to an enormous gray tower. The door is locked, you must find the key and the only thing you know is a little girl called Iris is in danger of being kidnapped by an evil king. Iris has secret powers, as she can draw or paint pictures and, once drawn the world’s inside the pictures come to life and Iris can step through into them. But, to stop the king from harming her, Iris has been locked away in the Painted Tower and that’s where you must find her.
Drawn: The Painted Tower Game Play – Basically a point and click adventure game with some fun puzzles thrown in, what makes Drawn: The Painted Tower so sensational is its gorgeous graphics (think prettier Tim Burton), the lovely music and the way the game draws you in. Walking up the steps to gain access to the tower, its creepy and dark, but once inside as you start to solve the puzzles of Drawn’s intricately drawn world, collect magic artifacts and enter paintings Iris creates, the fun really begins.
While not overly difficult, Drawn: The Painted Tower’s puzzles are superbly woven into the story. Unlike some adventure games, where the puzzles seem to be an after thought and have no connection to the story, Drawn’s puzzles are actually there for a purpose.
There’s also an excellent Hint system so, if you get stuck, you can find your way forward quite easily. I’d suggest not using it unless you’re so frustrated you can’t stand it, as most of the puzzles aren’t that difficult and part of the fun of the game is doing everything yourself.
While Drawn: The Painted Tower isn’t a particularly long game, it took me longer than a game of that difficulty level (ie: easy) would normally take, simply because Drawn’s graphics are so stunning, I had to study everything on every screen.
Drawn: The Painted Tower For The Whole Family – Although a bit of a moody game, it’s not scary or too dark, so easily suitable for kids over 10, plus the rest of the family. Younger kids will find it a little challenging, whereas those over the age of about 12 will probably whizz through it quickly. The entire game took me 10 hours to play but, as I said, much of that was taken up admiring the artwork.
Buying Drawn: The Painted Tower at Big Fish Games – The game is available on several casual gamer websites but, as I’m a member of Big Fish Games and a big fan too, I buy all my casual gamer games there. The current price for Drawn: The Painted Tower is only $6.99, although I got an even better deal as I bought it when Big Fish Games was running a 50% off on any game for new members, so Drawn was all mine for only $3.49. Join Big Fish Games today, and you can get the same deal.
As far as expectations, don’t expect the most difficult adventure game you’ve ever played, but enjoy it for what it is. An absolutely beautifully designed game, that makes you want to spend hours studying the way the light falls on a painting or how the picture of Iris on the door seems to be watching you.
Drawn: The Painted Tower – Big Fish Games