STAFF REVIEW of Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 (Xbox One)

Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
by Adam Dileva

Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 Box art Were you like me as a kid, constantly drawing and imagining that those scribbles were coming to life? No? Well, this is how us kids entertained themselves before the days of the Internet and gaming as we know it. A lot of time has passed since those days where I was filled with imagination, but now, with Draw a Stickman: Epic 2, my drawings actually can actually come to life, even if they are more... uh, adult in nature.

Not only does Draw a Stickman: Epic 2 allow you to draw anything you can conceive in your imagination and bring it to life, but it also includes the Drawn Below expansion, adding some more value to the low $9 CAD price tag. You begin by drawing your character, and while most will probably opt for some basic stickman of sorts, you’re given just enough sizes of pencils and colors that you could technically draw anything you wanted. I’m just a simple man-child, so of course, my character was very... uh, phallic. We’ll just leave it at that. Check online and you'll see a plethora of creativity that people have come up with, which is very impressive.

Your drawing instantly comes to life and can walk around with some basic animation. You then need to draw a friend, which can be anything you want, and this is where the narrative begins. There’s some sort of evil ink that takes over your friend, turning them from your comrade into an enemy, and what’s really cool is that the game’s title screen changes based on what you named your friend. It’s a neat little touch that I didn’t expect.

Here you’ll enter the handful of stages, which if you’re a good puzzle solver, won’t take you very long to complete. Yes, it can be quite short, but there’s a certain charm to the simplistic world and more than enough bonus collectibles for you to search for should you want to find extra colors to use among other extras. You must become the hero and save your friend, but you’re going to have to get your drawing hand ready, as you’ll be using a number of different pencil types throughout your journey, all of which have a different use.

I honestly had no idea that Draw a Stickman: Epic 2 was actually a puzzle game at heart. While it has some light combat and exploration elements, puzzles are generally what you’ll be solving. Starting you off with a simple green pencil, this allows you to draw leafs onto dead trees. Draw whatever shape you want on a dead tree with this pencil and leafs magically grow. This is how you’ll defeat enemies early on, as they don’t like to be touched my any color, so you have to lure them into the trees to defeat them.

As you progress, you’ll gain access to numerous pencils, all having their own specific use. While the puzzles themselves aren't too terribly challenging, and the gameplay is quite short overall, I don’t really want to give too much else away as then there wouldn’t be any surprises left. What I will say, is that you’ll have to also draw other items, like a sword or a pickaxe to use in your arsenal as well. Again, these can be any drawing you can imagine, so get creative.

You’ll unlock the ability to utilize your sketchbook as well. Not happy with your initial stickman drawing, or want to simply improve upon it? Here you can basically have numerous drawings for your characters and items saved in your sketchbook, allowing you to swap freely whenever you wish. There’s no benefit to having a better drawn character, but it can be quite entertaining and hilarious to see what you and your friends can come up with. Do a quick YouTube search and you’ll see the crazy kind of stuff people have come up with.

The world itself is very lighthearted and comes across as if it’s being told from a comic book that a child drew themselves. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it suits the overall mood and type of game, but my seven year old had an absolute blast drawing a handful of characters and seeing them come to life. Is this meant for a younger audience? Yeah somewhat, though the puzzles were a little complex for her at times and I had to intervene and do those parts for her. She simply wanted to spend her time drawing and seeing it walk around the world.

For less than $10 you can get a simple game in premise, but is only limited to your imagination. While I may find it hilarious drawing lewd and inappropriate characters and seeing them come to life, my innocent daughter had a great time just drawing a ton of characters and laughing the whole time. If you’re a creative artist or have kids, you can find a few laugh filled hours in Draw a Stickman: Epic 2; for everyone else, there’s not a lot of content to keep you going for more than an afternoon.

Overall: 6.8 / 10
Gameplay: 7.3 / 10
Visuals: 6.0 / 10
Sound: 6.0 / 10


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