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A rare delight!

  • May 4, 2010
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+5
Charm is something that is almost impossible to define but whatever charm means "Drawn" has it. This enchanting game is a delight for everyone. It is one of the few games that is hard enough for an adult to enjoy and cute enough to enthrall a kid. The two of you can play together side by side in mutual satisfaction. "Drawn" is also one of the few games to score highly on all fronts: the beautiful graphics, the excellent voice acting (the narrator's husky tones, especially), and the appropriate music from gloomy and soft piano notes to joyous violins and full symphony exuberance.

The environments include dark and muted scenes like the decaying tower in which Princess Iris, our heroine, is imprisoned, and an eerie primeval forest, to the paintings Iris has created, which are rich in color and filled with wonderful effects such as flickering candles, bees and dragonflies flitting about, a dragon breathing fire. And we meet colorful characters such as a scarecrow, quirky magicians, a hilarious witchdoctor and even some amusing talking shrunken heads, which are not scary.

Once upon a time there was a prosperous kingdom ruled by a benevolent king. Members of the royal family had the ability to bring paintings to life and by enchantment, you could step into a new brilliant world of your dreams. But a malevolent dragon and his master conquered the kingdom, burning down the houses, creating turmoil, and the Queen, desperate to save her new born baby daughter, Iris, gives the baby to a trusted servant, imploring him to hide her. They are safe for a while in a tower near the sea, but the usurping king finally discovers them and turns the steward into stone and Iris is placed high on the top of the tower.

Of course you have to find and free the little princess, but the way is full of snares and booby traps as you slowly make your way to the top of the tower, entering Iris' gloriously colored paintings as you go. The puzzles you encounter are not hard, they're often quirky and they're fun, too. You'll be looking around for tools to help you on your journey, such as an axe, colored stones, a chisel- plenty of stuff to keep you busy. Bon voyage!

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In Drawn, the newest adventure series from Big Fish Games, the player is pulled into a dark and mysterious tale. Legend tells of a child queen who will one day rise to give hope to a town dark and bleak with despair. You must overcome challenging puzzles and riddles to unlock the secrets of The Painted Tower and save her if you can. Enter magical paintings and meet fantastic characters as you work your way to the top of the Tower, but beware! Things are not always as they seem! Dangers lurk at every turn and magic awaits in unforeseen places!
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Number of Players: Single-player
Publisher: Big Fish Games
Developer: Big Fish Studios
Console: Microsoft Windows
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: December 11, 2009
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