The rising giant of the casual gaming world, Zynga, has recently acquired OMGPOP, the struggling game developer behind the hugely popular Draw Something game for Android and iOS. Now, it seems that Zynga is hard at work whipping Draw Something into even better form, to ensure that the Pictionary-style game maintains its momentum.
Just days after the $180 million acquisition was announced, we found out that a huge update to Draw Something is coming, one that has the game’s legions of fans very excited. And for good reason – the upcoming features will give the game some much needed polish. If you got an email yesterday from Zynga/OMGPOP, you probably already know about these changes, but just in case you didn’t, here’s the gist of it.
As you probably know, Zynga is laser-focused on the social side, more precisely, on building communities around its casual game titles. So, a lot of the new features that will be added to Draw Something reflect Zynga’s social obsession, although quite a few are based on popular demand. Here are the changes:
Like any game, Draw Something has some problems that require urgent fixing. The bug fixes will include:
Draw Something is at the top of the Google Play Store games charts (well, Angry Birds Space took the first spot, but DS is still in top 3), holding for many weeks the first position in both free and paid app charts. The relatively small download makes the app easy to acquire and start playing. The sense of competitive play and the sharing of ideas between players really make the Draw Something experience enjoyable.
Zynga spent A LOT of money to buy the game from the OMGPOP, and you can be sure they want to get their money’s worth! There is no doubt that Zynga will keep improving and promoting Draw Something, but just what the future holds is uncertain. In just a few weeks, Draw Something may be a thing of the past. Or who knows – it may go on to achieve Angry Birds-level fame…
For now, lets focus on this big update that made many obsessive-compulsive scribblers so happy. What are your thoughts? Will you enjoy the game even more now?
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And here I am thinking that OMGPOP would never collaborate or merge with Zynga but who knows what’s running inside their heads, right? I downloaded Draw Something and it was a bit disappointing because of my Wi-Fi connection at home. But other than that, it’s a great, addictive game.
well before they change the game too much you can kick butt and guess any thing anyone sends you with this app All Words for Draw Something. http://bit.ly/GUeHtG I got it free and it is crazy how it guesses every word right every time.
Will this new update make it possible for me to have Draw Something on my Nokia N8? I really, really hope so!!!
i had draw something but then deleted it when it crashed as I had done than before and simply installed again. However, it now says the app isn’t compatible with my device! (Galaxy s2)- could this be to do with the update? I want it back!
The same thing just happened to me (Galaxy S2) I’m hoping its just that the updates are being rolled out right now, and it’ll be available again soon… if not, i might actually have to some work… *duh-duh-duuuuh* =P
It works great on my Galaxy S2 – no problems at all.
Mine does the same as well on my Samsung Galaxy Y and its really annoying cuz i cant find it at all and when i tried doing it through the internet it said its not compatible :/
Same here, cant download it on my galaxy Y, now missing out on all the fun my friends are having on it, hope the new update fixes this…
I want this game..but I dont have it..how to download…
Wont let me download it i have a samsung y.. I.dont understand why it says not compatible with your device confused my phones an android!!!
I’ve just formatted my Galaxy S2. Draw Something was fine before and now it won’t let me download it. Says it’s incompatible!! It wasn’t a week ago. Why now?
As I have replied above, my Galaxy S2 is working fine? I have the paid version on mine and no problems up to this evening.
Can we get notifications on the I PHones as well? Why only Androids? PLEASE DO THAT as I can have alot of games going and never know. THanks- Is there a way to use something as a stylus? I know the whole thing is that we do this with our fingertip but some of use would love that feature 0: Good Luck with making this a goal – I look forward to the changes and maybe even someconsideration to giving the I Phones an alert feature – thanks
I’m pretty sure iPhones already get game notifications for DS. Might need to check your settings somewhere.
You can buy a smartphone/tablet compatible stylus, and it will work with Draw Something.
Hope this helps.
You can purchase a stylus compatible with the iPhone as I have one and it works well.
I can’t wait for the huge update :)
I have a pandigital supernoval where it only allows me to download apps from a program called Getjar, will it be available to us users also?
when is the update though???
I downloaded it on my pandigital super nova. When i tried to play it said i had to upgrade and download a new version. When i clicked the link, nothing happened. So closeeee.
I loved ds but screen froze & no matter how many times I reinstall still frozen. Bought the paid version but nada. Tech support non existant. It consist of a chatroom type setting for other players having problems to guess whats wrong. So glad Zynga bought it as I’ve used their support before with great resilts. Using iphone4s. Hurry Zynga I’m addicted!
Check out the best of Draw Something at http://www.thingsdrawn.com. Submit your screen shots now and laugh at the comments.
can i download draw something on my n8 nokia
when will it be coming to Nokia N8? There are other smartphones other than iphones out there too!!!!
Have been playing Draw Something for a month and twice the letters do not match up with the word that is to be drawn. This destroys the winning streak. I took a screenshot to prove that this has happened. How do I contact tech support?
nokia n8 please!!
I want this on the n8 too!
Fantastic news. It’s a brilliant game but the Android app is in desperate need of some TLC. It’s very buggy and is missing a lot of obvious features (many listed above), and the interface could be much better.
N8 users we should email them see what they say
So when are Nokia N8 users going to be able to download this game??
No one seems to be able to answer this :(
how long before its ready for nokia phone??
Android Craig Tablet please!
ALCATEL_one_touch_908S. Needs to be added to be able to use this game please!
When can i get the app for my Super Nova pandigital that doesn’t have google play installed?
I cant get it on my pandigital either….
how do I remove a player from my “current games” screen?
When will it be available for the kyros tablet?
I hope it is compatible with the galaxy 5 with this new update
I can’t see the pictures my brother sends me on my HTC desire from his iPhone and visa versa , why is this?
Getjar store does not have zynga games. Are they coming????
Game has disappeared from my phone that was in progress. Tried to log back in but won’t take password so I tried having it emailed again and that won’t work either. HELP!
NEED HELP!! when i started playind draw something, i could only play random. then changed to logging on thru FB and play with friends. I continue to get nudged by past random opponents but the games arent showing up (arent there)??? How do i get them to show up again????
So much for improvements. The game has locked up (again) since the acquisition. Maybe it has become TOO popular and needs more space? Crossing my fingers that my stats won’t b lost when I reinstall. OMGPOP, Zynga is way over its head!!! Lol
This update literally broke my phone, I have to get a new one now. Thanks.
My phone over heated, dropped service, battery is fried all because of the update.
That has nothing to do with it stupid…
samsung young is no longer working, why?
My draw is frozen my turn but shows the last thing I drew but says something different. Help
i want to play this in my Samsung Galaxy MINI G-5570 pleaaaase
I cant figure out how to download on my pandigital…wtf
Just completed update on my Adroid and my DrawSomething now will not open!!! Please help!! I am afraid that all my colors and friends are now lost.
Why can I only get Draw something on my S2 via email or facebook, and not phone to phone??????