Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 is a one-of-a-kind adventure where you draw your own hero and your own best friend, who becomes an unwilling foe after an unfortunate goo spill. Watch your drawings come to life as you set out to rescue your friend and journey through a whimsical world, where puzzles are solved by drawing with a variety of collectible crayons. You’ll bring dead trees back to life by drawing leaves on them, make machines work again by drawing electrical wires in the right places, and break pesky rocks by drawing your own pickaxe! Also included is Drawn Below, an expansion that has you “descend into a surprising new environment” where you’ll start a new mission. We think this title is perfect for a younger audience, but adults may be into this title as well if they appreciate the game’s fantastical atmosphere.
Since there’s so much drawing involved in this title, we highly recommend a stylus if you want to play in touch screen mode. In our experience, a 3DS or Wii U stylus does not work, but a stylus meant for a tablet works just fine. While playtesting for this review, we used a stylus pen and it worked well, but not nearly as well as the Nintendo stylus on the Wii U and 3DS screens; we weren’t able to get very detailed with our drawings, and that was a bit of a letdown. Of course, you could just draw with a finger, but then you really can’t get too detailed. You can also play Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 with a traditional controller, but drawing is much more difficult this way: you have to hold down R as you move your crayon with the left joystick, and let’s just say the result is far more disastrous than drawing with a mouse on a computer. Also, please note: the Pro Controller does not work with this title, so if you want to play with a controller, you need to use Joy Con, with or without the grip!
The game’s graphics are simple and appear hand-drawn, a style that matches the overall gameplay. Of course, the star of the show are the drawings you create yourself and bring to life as you play: your characters, tools, and assorted creations. (If players couldn’t contribute to the graphics in this title, we don’t think Draw a Stickman: EPIC 2 would be much fun—but then again, the player’s artistic contributions are kind of the point of the game!) The music you’ll hear is simple and playful, and we think it’s especially fitting for children. The sound effects are often fitting, like the clink of your hand-drawn pickaxe against a breaking rock—but some sound effects are quite annoying and become stale quickly, like the grunts and yelps of characters. (Characters don’t speak, per se; they make sounds that signify speech.)
Draw A Stickman: EPIC 2 is a simple and casual puzzle game that anyone can enjoy, but we think it’s best-suited for a younger audience. Even so, we had a pretty good time with this title. We love that the player has significant artistic stake in this entire game, and we would love to see more games that give the player this type of artistic control. At $6.99, this is a definite Nintendeal for the younger crowd. If you’re intrigued by the draw-your-own-character aspect of this game (as we were), you may end up really liking it, but there’s also a chance you may end up a bit bored, since the novelty of drawing your own hero wears off after playing for a short while. But if you’ve got a whimsical imagination and are ready for a silly little adventure, you just might fall in love with this title.
Nick and Sarah are the ultimate gaming couple. Nick is a Super Mario Maker 2 enthusiast, but working with Nintendeal has fostered a love for tough-as-nails indies such as Enter the Gungeon, Celeste, and Cuphead. Sarah prefers sim games like Animal Crossing, Don’t Starve, and Stardew Valley, but she challenges herself by grinding Slay the Spire from time to time.