Back in the day, say like in the ‘80s, people use to gather at each other’s houses to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. Oftentimes a fun game to play would be Pictionary, the game where you draw pictures of something on a big white tablet of paper and other players try to guess what it is. It’s a fun game, an absolute classic, and it was one of my favorites as a kid when my parents had their social gatherings.
But nowadays, we’re living in the Internet Age. Hanging out together in real life? Please, I connect with people over a series of magical internet tubes. I can still get my Pictionary fix using mobile games like Draw Something ($2.99), as one example. But connecting with people through technology like that doesn’t capture the same magic as it did back in the day, where people gathered in real life to play games and socialize.
The aim of SketchParty TV ($4.99), an iPad app from Magnate Interactive that dropped last month, is to merge the digital age of gaming with the old-school real life hangout. It’s a Pictionary-esque drawing game that takes advantage of Apple’s AirPlay so you can gather with up to 8 of your friends like you used to, and use your HD TV as a modern tablet of paper by drawing right on your iPad.
It’s a pretty cool idea, though that’s assuming you have an HD TV, an Apple TV, an iPad and $5 to spend on the app. Last I checked a giant pad of drawing paper clocks in at much less than that setup, but still it’s neat when we can use our high tech devices to gather socially and have some good old fashioned fun. Plus, I heard it’s a good idea to log off and get out of the house once in a while. If you’ve got all the required devices just lying around, and like to socialize over fun drawing games, give SketchParty TV a look.