One of the developers we met up with at GDC was Makeshift Games who previously released Chuck the Ball in early 2009. Their latest creation, however, is an online multi-player pictionary-type game called Depict.

The game was originally released in December as a $0.99 game, but has since made the transition to Free. The game is structured around a round in which up to 5 players compete to guess what is being drawn. Each player has a turn at drawing during each game. The faster you answer, the better your score. Instead of typing, you are given up to 6 different multiple choice answers.

The developer's gameplay video shows how it works:

The core game remains free to play. To support their servers, Makeshift is offering two in-app purchases: custom avatars and a "lightning round" where you just guess as quickly as you can.

The game incorporates OpenFeint so allows you to play against randomly paired strangers or with your own group of friends. It's fun and free. Give it a try.

App Store Link: Depict, Free.

  • Curious Man

    How long before people start drawing penises?

    • Mew2468

      Oh believe me, it's already happening. I was in a game where this guy kept getting kicked and rejoining my game again.

    • Emily

      I was in this game where a guy kept drawing sex scenes and trying to get everyone else to, too

    • HitlerHacker

      they don't :l

  • Curious Man

    How long before people start drawing penises?

    • Mew2468

      Oh believe me, it's already happening. I was in a game where this guy kept getting kicked and rejoining my game again.

    • Emily

      I was in this game where a guy kept drawing sex scenes and trying to get everyone else to, too

  • Tkun

    I love this game, I've had it since either launch, or near launch. Either way I got it for free (I think the developer was giving it away free as a launch promotion), and I've been loving it ever since. It's basically a more simplified iSketch for the iDevices.

  • Tkun

    I love this game, I've had it since either launch, or near launch. Either way I got it for free (I think the developer was giving it away free as a launch promotion), and I've been loving it ever since. It's basically a more simplified iSketch for the iDevices.

  • http://www.gameloz.com/bombardier John Catcher

    Cool game, actually it is also present in yahoo messenger "doodle" im environment, i think best thing is the multi player feature which on adding gives the game entire new dimensions. I need to add multi player ability to my game Bombardier

  • http://www.gameloz.com/bombardier John Catcher

    Cool game, actually it is also present in yahoo messenger "doodle" im environment, i think best thing is the multi player feature which on adding gives the game entire new dimensions. I need to add multi player ability to my game Bombardier

  • Castor

    Just got this. Very nice, love the pixel-art design that goes through everything including the interface. Wish there was more space to draw sometimes, like a landscape mode, but I guess therein lies the challenge.

    • http://makeshiftgames.com makeshift Tim

      oh, just wait 2 weeks.... plenty of space to draw on an iPad :)

  • Castor

    Just got this. Very nice, love the pixel-art design that goes through everything including the interface. Wish there was more space to draw sometimes, like a landscape mode, but I guess therein lies the challenge.

    • http://makeshiftgames.com makeshift Tim

      oh, just wait 2 weeks.... plenty of space to draw on an iPad :)

  • Rachel

    I like the other pictionary-type game better. But it's not free.

    • Adams Immersive

      Quick Draw? That’s good too. It does have a free version, but unfortunately that means the free “general” category sees a lot more usage than the other (to me more interesting) categories.

      • Rachel

        No, I haven't heard of that one. I'm talking about "charadium".
        I wasn't sure if I was allowed to say the title on here.

  • Rachel

    I like the other pictionary-type game better. But it's not free.

    • Adams Immersive

      Quick Draw? That’s good too. It does have a free version, but unfortunately that means the free “general” category sees a lot more usage than the other (to me more interesting) categories.

      • Rachel

        No, I haven't heard of that one. I'm talking about "charadium".
        I wasn't sure if I was allowed to say the title on here.

  • Ahiru

    awesome game. but... after the "avatar" in-app was charged TWICE, i q

    • Ahiru

      i quit playing this... (installed on my iphone, purchased, then on my ipod it was charged again...)

      emailed the devs and had no response whatsoever...

      • http://makeshiftgames.com makeshift Tim

        Man, that sucks!

        We never got your email though - so next time just use the "support and feedback »" link within the game and we'll definitely get it.

        However - that's actually an itunes mess-up so you'll have to contact Apple to get it sorted out. I had that happen once too, and I just sent a quick email to Apple support and they removed the extra charge.

  • Ahiru

    awesome game. but... after the "avatar" in-app was charged TWICE, i q

    • Ahiru

      i quit playing this... (installed on my iphone, purchased, then on my ipod it was charged again...)

      emailed the devs and had no response whatsoever...

      • http://makeshiftgames.com makeshift Tim

        Man, that sucks!

        We never got your email though - so next time just use the "support and feedback »" link within the game and we'll definitely get it.

        However - that's actually an itunes mess-up so you'll have to contact Apple to get it sorted out. I had that happen once too, and I just sent a quick email to Apple support and they removed the extra charge.

  • http://JimEJr.com Jim Washok

    @Ahiru... you were charged twice because in-game app purchases are NOT transferrable nor carry over to other devices throughout your iTunes account the same way purchase of an app from the store does.

    Rather, in-app purchases are recorded to each device's unique hardware ID. So, if you end up with an iPad too, you'll have to decide on which device you prefer an in-app purchase to be placed on.

    • JC2009

      This is a huge deal. It makes me want to stay away from in-app purchases then. I bet most gamers do not understand this yet, and when they buy a new ipad of next gen iphone in july, there are going to be a lot of complaints.

      The "freemium" game makers are going to take a beating for this (not that this is their fault)

    • Ahiru

      @Jim

      I thought that in-app purchases were attached (and it should) to my itunes account. I haven't tested with other games (now my ipod touch is with my sister, over 6k miles away) but what about that "restore purchased DLC" that a few games have (in case you restore your device and set as new)? and what if i sell/trade/lose/break my iphone and have to move over to another?

      not ranting, just questioning the in-apps related to the UDID instead of the original buyer's account (that goes to every single DLC in the App Store), and really .99c is nothing compared to other big budget games, but heck, that got me kinda ticked off you know...

    • Ahiru

      just something else i thought,

      xbox live DLC are also attached to the console serial number - but every once in a year you can "change" that, moving all DRMs (or whatever it is called) to another console. i think apple should implement this (like the 5 authorized computer-limit that you can reset once a year) to DLCs that are linked to the UDID and not the buyer's account.

  • http://JimEJr.com Jim Washok

    @Ahiru... you were charged twice because in-game app purchases are NOT transferrable nor carry over to other devices throughout your iTunes account the same way purchase of an app from the store does.

    Rather, in-app purchases are recorded to each device's unique hardware ID. So, if you end up with an iPad too, you'll have to decide on which device you prefer an in-app purchase to be placed on.

    • JC2009

      This is a huge deal. It makes me want to stay away from in-app purchases then. I bet most gamers do not understand this yet, and when they buy a new ipad of next gen iphone in july, there are going to be a lot of complaints.

      The "freemium" game makers are going to take a beating for this (not that this is their fault)

    • Ahiru

      @Jim

      I thought that in-app purchases were attached (and it should) to my itunes account. I haven't tested with other games (now my ipod touch is with my sister, over 6k miles away) but what about that "restore purchased DLC" that a few games have (in case you restore your device and set as new)? and what if i sell/trade/lose/break my iphone and have to move over to another?

      not ranting, just questioning the in-apps related to the UDID instead of the original buyer's account (that goes to every single DLC in the App Store), and really .99c is nothing compared to other big budget games, but heck, that got me kinda ticked off you know...

    • Ahiru

      just something else i thought,

      xbox live DLC are also attached to the console serial number - but every once in a year you can "change" that, moving all DRMs (or whatever it is called) to another console. i think apple should implement this (like the 5 authorized computer-limit that you can reset once a year) to DLCs that are linked to the UDID and not the buyer's account.

  • Audi

    I just got this and can't connect so there fore can't get a game!

  • Audi

    I just got this and can't connect so there fore can't get a game!

  • Crunc

    this is a fin game, but sometimes people don't follow the rules and they write letters. There is a way to flag a cheat, but I don't know what if any effect it has. Still, when you get a good group of people, this is great.

  • Crunc

    this is a fin game, but sometimes people don't follow the rules and they write letters. There is a way to flag a cheat, but I don't know what if any effect it has. Still, when you get a good group of people, this is great.

  • Seb

    Refreshingly brilliant and fun app!

  • Seb

    Refreshingly brilliant and fun app!

  • 4twenty

    I always wondered why this great multiplayer game wasn't covered. I quit playing along time ago cus people write the word or draw a penis best bet is to find friends n play with them I like that there is always alot of people online

  • 4twenty

    I always wondered why this great multiplayer game wasn't covered. I quit playing along time ago cus people write the word or draw a penis best bet is to find friends n play with them I like that there is always alot of people online

  • Jo

    This is my favorite game and the best kept secret of the app store (until now, I guess) :-D

  • Jo

    This is my favorite game and the best kept secret of the app store (until now, I guess) :-D

  • Gates

    sorry but the multiple choice makes it too easy

    pictionary is boring if the answer is staring at you!

    • Rachel

      Agree.

  • Gates

    sorry but the multiple choice makes it too easy

    pictionary is boring if the answer is staring at you!

    • Rachel

      Agree.

  • Jobs

    I agree with gates, also kids just spell the answer now and that really ruins the game, there should be a report player button and if a player gets like 5 reports he wont be paired with or something.

  • Jobs

    I agree with gates, also kids just spell the answer now and that really ruins the game, there should be a report player button and if a player gets like 5 reports he wont be paired with or something.

  • http://www.gamesphinx.com/ Free Online Games

    After playing a 4 hour Charadium marathon, Depict was a relaxing experience. Only 1 hand required, and the multiple choice approach is great :)

    The 8bit graphics actually help in the long run, since players are forced to REALLY simplify their designs.

    Graphics aside, i think the main difference would be the lack of chat in Depict. You can vote and whistle/report a player to let them know what they did wrong, but nothing else really..

  • http://www.gamesphinx.com/ Free Online Games

    After playing a 4 hour Charadium marathon, Depict was a relaxing experience. Only 1 hand required, and the multiple choice approach is great :)

    The 8bit graphics actually help in the long run, since players are forced to REALLY simplify their designs.

    Graphics aside, i think the main difference would be the lack of chat in Depict. You can vote and whistle/report a player to let them know what they did wrong, but nothing else really..

  • depictlovee

    How do u change ur name on this game because I dunno ???

    • HalfMoon

      You can change it in the OpenFeint settings.

  • depictlovee

    How do u change ur name on this game because I dunno ???

    • HalfMoon

      You can change it in the OpenFeint settings.

  • http://www.nyetec.com dektec

    I love to play this game because Depict is a online multiplayer pictionary game that you can play with friends and strangers from around the world! Depict would definitely work well for the IPad!

  • http://www.nyetec.com dektec

    I love to play this game because Depict is a online multiplayer pictionary game that you can play with friends and strangers from around the world! Depict would definitely work well for the IPad!

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