ScribbleMix provides a breath of fresh air to the Draw Something formula.
When Draw Something was released last year, its impact was unlike any mobile or social game before it. The game featured no competition, no scoreboard, and no achievements. Two players drawing pictures for one another was enough to make the game feel more social than most social games before it. Now, Disney has entered the drawing game space with ScribbleMix, which takes that simplicity of Draw Something and adds its own style. It lacks some originality, but it still manages to feel fresh and fun.
The basic premise of ScribbleMix is simple: one player has to draw a given phrase, while the other player needs to guess what they're trying to illustrate. It's a process that feels instantly familiar to anyone who played Draw Something, but it comes with a few unique tweaks. First off, players will always have to illustrate a phrase instead of a single word. While Draw Something may ask players to draw "sheriff," ScribbleMix is more likely to give "Sheriff boxing on a ship." ScribbleMix's phrases always come in two or three parts: a character, an action, and a location. If players don't like their given phrase, they can re-spin using in-game gold, or spin a specific category using gems (the premium currency).
Drawing the phrase is a simple process that will feel comfortable for most players. Equipped with just a pen and eraser, players are initially given six colors to bring life to their phrase. This may not seem like much, but it forces players to be creative with their ideas and create something special. The multi-part phrase setup can prove to be difficult for less artistically-minded players. Illustrating something like "Penguin teaching in quicksand" requires a bit of detail. Some players will have no issue drawing anything, while others will be likely to re-spin until they find something in their comfort zone.