Back in 2007, before smartphones and tablets had really taken hold, the fact that the Nintendo DS had a touchscreen was a pretty novel thing. Many times it was simply used as a gimmick or touchscreen stuff was shoehorned into a game type that didn't really need it, but the possibilities of doing truly unique things with a touchscreen and stylus were definitely there. One of the coolest concepts for using the DS's touchscreen was 5th Cell's Drawn to Life. Well, just this morning, 505 Games, probably best known for bringing Terraria to iOS devices, has brought Drawn to Life [$4.99] to iOS as well.


As I said, the concept for Drawn to Life is pretty cool. You actually draw your own main character, weapons, items, and much more, and use all your homemade creations in an adventure. While that sounds very neat in theory, it doesn't necessarily translate to a great game. Don't get me wrong, Drawn to Life is definitely quirky and fun, but it feels more focused on the creation aspects while the actual platforming and adventuring feel somewhat generic. Still, it's a neat game that's well worth checking out if the concept interests you, and I'm happy to see it's made its way to iOS. Also, check out more impressions of Drawn to Life on iOS ย in our forums.

  • Stormourner

    some nintendo fans isn't gonna be happy about this and besides 5th Cell and 505 Game are not subsidiaries of Nintendo

    • Bradb13

      We Nintendo fans have absolutely no reason to be upset.... Games get ported all of the time, and Nintendo fans realize that, you know.

      • Stormourner

        it's good you don't get upset over the ports but of course the other nintendo fans will get upset over the ports. exclusive games doesn't remain exclusive for long

  • Bones00

    So what are some Nintendo DS games that didn't use the touch screen as a gimmick?

    • Mnoz

      Ghost trick.

    • Bool Zero

      Quite a lot of them actually...

      • Bones00

        Like what?

      • C. Stubb

        Lock's Quest. The touch screen definitely made placing walls and turrets directly onto the battle filed much, much easier.

    • swarmster

      Kirby Canvas Curse was one of the best platformers of the last 10 years, IMO, and used the touch screen exclusively. Although interestingly, it probably wouldn't work very well on the iPhone. Very much a stylus game.

      • nicoper

        The kirby games are probably the only game that relies on the touchscreen as a main part of the game, atleast that I have found but I assume there are others

    • xzeldax3

      The World Ends With You, Bejeweled, Elite Beat Agents, Ghost Trick, Metroid Prime Hunters, any tactical game, Korg, Zelda games, WarioWare games, Hotel Dusk, Picross games, Layton games, Rhythm Heaven, Scribblenauts games Trauma Center games.

  • the_rebel14

    Now I'd like to see Lock's Quest brought to iOS...

  • MyAimIsTrue

    Haha, had so much fun with this game on the ds! It may mostly have been thanks to drawing copious amounts if male ding dongs on EVERYTHING, but still. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • rewind

    Scribblenauts is a much better game that has existed for a while on the App Store. In Scribblenauts, you can literally create whatever you want. However, in Drawn To Life, you are told what to create. Both are fun though.

  • Dueler

    So my comment was deleted. I have no idea why. We're my experiences with the game not up to your standards TA? I'm seriously annoyed right now. That was like 3-4 paragraphs. I feel quite insulted.

    • Bones00

      What'd you say?

    • RampageDeluxe

      My comment was deleted as well. I just commented on how happy I was about this release.

      • Jared Nelson

        Yours is approved too.

    • Jared Nelson

      Not deleted, just caught in the spam filter. It's approved now.

      • Dueler

        Ahh ok thanks, just weird because it seems like it got filtered after being posted a while and not immediately. I tend to refresh a page after I've commented just to see if it's gone through properly and all seemed well only to have it disappear when trying to show my brother my comment. Haha anyway back on topic, got a gander at the screen shots ๐Ÿ˜ reaaaallly not a fan of that border... I sorta pictured a split portrait screen but it's landscape instead ๐Ÿ˜ if I played that version is almost feel like I was playing a square Enid trailer lol.

  • ineptidude

    It's a nice game but the conclusion to the series is surprisingly super dark for such a cheery theme.

  • Stormourner

    take The World Ends With You as an example, when TWEWY was ported to iOS the nintendo fans went butthurt over it

    • melvin2898

      He's right. Some Nintendo fans are idiots.

      • Stormourner

        and some nintendo fans are misuderstood. the people who doesn't play mobile games shouldn't called idiots because they never try it or simply because of the virtual buttons