Big Fish Games Studio has released Drawn: Dark Flight on the PC/Mac, and we had a chance to go hands-on with this sequel to Drawn: The Painted Tower, an interesting take on the hidden-object, puzzle genre.
Drawn places you in the role of a survivor of an attack on the rightful Queen’s tower. The heir to the thrown, Iris, is nowhere to be found, and you are left with a disembodied voice to guide you through the underground taverns that you now find yourself trapped in. Your first goal is to escape the caverns, and afterward to light the three beacons, removing the evil shadows from the land, returning the world to light, and freeing the way for Iris to become Queen.
Drawn can be quickly described as a hidden-object game or puzzle game, but it contains one striking element not normally found in such games – that being the ability to create your own tools and puzzle items by drawing them in the game. This in itself is part of a puzzle. For your very first drawing, as an example, you’ll find a piece of paper with the outline of a bridge lightly scribbled on it. Conveniently, there is a spilled puddle of ink sitting beside the paper, but you’ll first need to find something to draw with.
You’ll complete this puzzle by finding a paintbrush to collect the ink, and by following the outline of the bridge on the piece of paper. This creates a sketch of a bridge, which can then be placed over the hole you need to cross, magically transforming the image into a real world object – the bridge you can now so conveniently walk across.
These instances of transforming an image into a real-world object are everywhere in the game, and are what give the game its unique flair, along with the ability to jump into the many painting or drawings that you’ll come across on your journey. Like in the world of Mary Poppins, you’ll be able to enter into paintings and sketches, and interact with the items you find there. For instance, one painting contains a crashed ship from which you can take its anchor, only to use that anchor on another ship in yet another painting.
There are traditional puzzles in the game as well, such as those that require you to put musical notes in the right order to create a melody, or tap on prison cell bars in the right order to unlock the door. All the while, you’ll be collecting ordinary items and using them to complete tasks.
Drawn: Dark Flight is available in two packages – a collector’s edition is priced at $19.99 and contains a bonus quest with around 2 hours of extra gameplay, while the standard edition of the game is available for $9.99 from Big Fish Games’ website. Be sure to check out our Hands-On video of the game below to get a taste of what to expect should you choose to buy the game.
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