Draw a Stickman EPIC (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)

Have you ever wanted to create your own video game character and have it star in a game?  Well now you can with Draw a Stickman EPIC.  You’ll draw a character and a friend for it to save, then you’ll explore top down doodle filled worlds and solve puzzles and avoid obstacles by moving around and drawing things.  It kind of reminds me of Scribblenauts or Drawn to Life.  The game has been popular enough to spawn a couple of sequels on mobile devices, and now the original game is available on most current consoles and PC, too (reviewed on Switch here).

To start, you’ll be prompted to draw a stickman and a friend.  But you don’t have to draw a stickman.  I drew Kirby and Waddle Dee, and you can draw anything you want to.  Pac-Man, Hatsune Miku, or whatever!  Then you’ll control them in small top down environments.  The game will give them a bit of squash and stretch animations so it looks like they’re walking (or at least shuffling).

You can walk around with the L control stick, but you’ll need to draw things to solve puzzles and bypass obstacles.  You can draw by either aiming a cursor and pressing a button in TV mode, or by drawing on the touch screen in handheld mode.  Both ways work fine, but drawing on the touchscreen is a tad easier.  You’ll draw by first selecting a colored pencil on the right side of the screen.  Each one does different things when you draw with them.  The red one makes fire, handy for lighting fuses.  You can also draw keys for unlocking doors, axes for chopping down trees, and clouds for dispensing rain or lighting, depending on how you drew them.  But don’t worry if you aren’t good at drawing.  As long as you picked the right pencil, whatever you draw will do what you wanted it to.

The only problems I had with this game were that goals and objectives were sometimes a bit unclear.  And if you get hit too many times by an enemy or obstacle and ‘die,’ you have to start the whole level over again.  Luckily the levels are pretty short, but it was still frustrating enough to make me lose interest quicker than I wanted.  But it’s still not a bad game.

Kid Factor:

Draw a Stickman EPIC is rated E-10 with an ESRB descriptor of Fantasy Violence.  If you get hit, your doodle just flashes red for a bit and yells out an ‘argh.’  When you get hit too many times, you just get erased and must start the stage over again.  Reading skill is helpful for the text, and younger gamers may need help with the more difficult puzzles.

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