Charts Genres Community
Charts Genres Community Settings
Login

Drawn to Life

Developer: 5th Cell Publisher: THQ
10 September 2007
Drawn to Life - cover art
Glitchwave rating
2.88 / 5.0
0.5
5.0
 
 
119 Ratings / 1 Reviews
#3,565 All-time
#131 for 2007
Rate / catalog Rate / catalog another release
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Releases 2
Filter by: All 2 DS 2
2007 5th Cell THQ  
Game card
XNA 7 85138 36131 4 NTR-YDWE-USA
2007 5th Cell THQ  
Game card
AU 4 005209 092937 NTR-YDWP-AUS
Write review
Title
A children's game with much deeper themes then originally thought
(Review would be soon-ish)
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
NPLS 2023-05-09T10:02:21Z
2023-05-09T10:02:21Z
3.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
draft
en
Expand review Hide
Title
Drawn to Life is a platform game in which you get to design or colour-in certain items, including your main character. Unless you spend a while and have the skill at making images, you will probably end up with something that looks a bit rubbish, but luckily there are set models for your character including a knight, a robot, a woman, and Santa Claus, which you can then edit.

The story is about a town that has been covered in darkness, until The Creator (you) comes back to save the day and sends the hero to do the work. The hero must then go through four portals and complete the set of levels in order to rescue the villages and retrieve pages from the book in order to bring certain items to the town and restore the town to its former glory.

In the levels there are 3 villagers to find, and 4 'template' pages. The levels have many branching paths and you will pretty much need to go everywhere to make sure you don't miss anything. Usually games like this have optional secrets, but annoyingly you are required to find the villagers and templates in order to progress. What often happens is you choose the top path thinking it might lead to the template page, only to be blocked by the black clouds. This means this is the exit to that area and you haven't found the required template/villager in that section so must backtrack. Even more frustrating is the fact that the enemies respawn, so you killed them on the way there, you must kill them on the way back, and then when you want to go back to the exit; you must kill them again! The entire game is like this and is a fundamental flaw and it certainly strips the fun right out of the game.

You are glad when you complete a level, but then are given the run-around by the mayor. “Go find my daughter Mari” he says, so you run off to find her. “Tell my father to come here” she says, so off you go back, only to have to backtrack again to listen to their conversation together. Then eventually the mayor will give you some excuse to go back to the portal to do another level, and the cycle repeats.

In the levels, the platforming is pretty basic and usually just ends up becoming an exhaustive search of spotting the paths and exploring them in turn. To defeat enemies, you can either jump on their heads or shoot your gun. The guns theme depends on the area you are in. In the first world which has a snow theme, you shoot snowballs. In the forest, you shoot exploding acorns, in the water levels, you shoot homing starfish. Using ammunition is usually an optional bonus but seems mandatory in the water levels where fish swim at an unavoidable height and if you run out of ammo, then you probably need to suicide and restart that section. I found the enemies a general annoyance because quite often, the game will make you jump up, but then a flying creature will swoop down and hit you. This happens a lot through the entire game and it is a matter of time before you lose a life due to a series of cheap hits. When you lose a life, you respawn at the start of that section so a small amount of backtracking is required.

In general, the camera is zoomed in a bit too much and so becomes fiddly to look around. Your character is usually centred, so in some sections, you will be holding the L or R buttons to shift the camera along. If you want to look up, you stop still and hold up.

After completing 4 levels, you move on to the boss battles. I found the boss battles were even more frustrating than the normal game because it is not immediately obvious how to take the boss on, and they all seemed capable of getting cheap attacks on you so were a major drain on your lives. Once you lose all your lives, I thought it would be the case of reloading and trying again, but it seems to auto-save and give you a stock of 3 lives which is frustrating when you throwaway 9 lives on a boss battle.

Overall, Drawn To Life had the wonderful idea of being able to draw many of the games objects which adds a lot of charm. However, the annoying game design just ends up being a chore and a major frustration, so you will be glad when it is all over. It would be nice if there was more variety to the levels like having standard left to right levels with more challenging platforming sections in addition to the maze style levels. It would be good if you could either design the enemies or at least have the option to colour them rather than being stuck with the stock enemies.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
CaptainClam 2019-06-22T14:55:23Z
2019-06-22T14:55:23Z
2.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide

Catalog

mrmoptop2 Drawn to Life 2024-04-24T00:42:10Z
DS • XNA
2024-04-24T00:42:10Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
mustard_research Drawn to Life 2024-04-21T22:14:38Z
2024-04-21T22:14:38Z
3.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
MidoFS Drawn to Life 2024-04-11T07:02:54Z
2024-04-11T07:02:54Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Oqwert Drawn to Life 2024-04-09T15:02:14Z
2024-04-09T15:02:14Z
2.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
LedriTheThane Drawn to Life 2024-03-25T02:21:02Z
2024-03-25T02:21:02Z
2.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
bigcrunchbar Drawn to Life 2024-03-11T06:30:47Z
2024-03-11T06:30:47Z
3.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
youngzoomer777 Drawn to Life 2024-02-20T15:53:44Z
2024-02-20T15:53:44Z
3.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
damonweibgen Drawn to Life 2024-02-03T16:30:52Z
2024-02-03T16:30:52Z
2.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Moonlight_Shiori Drawn to Life 2024-01-01T20:12:31Z
2024-01-01T20:12:31Z
D
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
MichaChaos Drawn to Life 2023-12-15T19:30:03Z
2023-12-15T19:30:03Z
4.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
lastoneout Drawn to Life 2023-11-17T16:30:52Z
2023-11-17T16:30:52Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Whirlysaur Drawn to Life 2023-11-11T10:30:52Z
2023-11-11T10:30:52Z
4.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Content rating
ESRB: E
Player modes
Single-player
Media
1x Game card
Franchises

Comments

Rules for comments
  • Be respectful! All the community rules apply here.
  • Keep your comments focused on the game. Don't post randomness/off-topic comments. Jokes are fine, but don't post tactless/inappropriate ones.
  • Don't get in arguments with people here, or start long discussions. Use the boards for extended discussion.
  • Don't use this space to complain about the average rating, chart position, genre voting, others' reviews or ratings, or errors on the page.
  • Don't comment just to troll/provoke. Likewise, don't respond to trollish comments; just report them and ignore them.
  • Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such: [spoiler](spoiler goes here)[/spoiler]
Note: Unlike reviews, comments are considered temporary and may be deleted/purged without notice.
  • cmmcfreire 2021-06-29 19:51:22.233994+00
    this was my shit back in the day
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • jokyaku 2021-12-30 08:57:39.546929+00
    Baby level design, but it has a cute artstyle and I get to play as Barack Obama.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Tytygigas 2022-08-21 05:44:57.413057+00
    cute game. first time i played it i made my character a walking dick
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Ulaan 2023-05-22 20:38:01.704526+00
    the kind of silly little game the DS was perfect for
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • More comments New comments (0) Loading...
Please login or sign up to comment.

Suggestions

ADVERTISEMENT

Contribute to this page

Examples
1980s-1996
23 mar 2015
8 apr - 12 may 2015
1998-05
Report
Download
Image 1 of 2