Drawn To Life Month
Drawn To Life: Part 1
Hello, and welcome again to this review of the first Drawn to Life game! I explained the basics in the first part, described the plot and went through the first world. I think I can go through worlds 2 and 3 in this part. When I left off in Part 1, the Hero had just saved a female Raposa whose face was normal on a side, covered in darkness on the other. Strange. She doesn't speak... but as soon as she comes in the village through the Snow Fields gate, she seems to take a liking to Jowee. Huh.
|By the way, the screenshots I use in this review are taken|
from a Let's Play on Youtube made by user MilesValentine.
It's a great way to see more of the game.
"I'm gonna go in the woods to find a flower. If you want me
not to do that stupid thing, say 'No'."
"Okay, I'm going!"
|Actually, I think I should warn the village, you look thief-y.|
|Oh, please! How can I know you're a good cop of you let|
everyone else do the work?
Oh, but... It would be easier to find him in the day, except there is no way to make a transition from night to day, and from day to night, yet! So the Hero has to go back to the Forest Gate and get the hands for the Town Hall's clock. ...Wait. How can the clock have an effect on the world? How can the clock be the reason why night turns into day and day becomes night? ...To which, the game simply replies “Go get 'em or we aren't moving forward in this plot! Go go go!” Okay, okay... Dang...
|Groovy, sir mister Mayor man!|
The party is about to start, so the avatar has to go get the villagers who aren't there yet. The Hero goes to get Farmer Brown (who hopes for some country music; tough luck, we've got rockabilly tonight), Isaac, Jowee, Heather, Mari, and finally Officer Cricket, who is still investigating for traces of Zsaza... Zachsa... Sazscgzszsa... Ash around the village. Everyone takes place near the stage. Enjoy the show! Navy J. invites the Creator's avatar on stage and dances with it. Oh, but... but... Mari leaves the place early...
The Mayor goes on the stage and delivers a great speech about believing. He praises his daughter, saying that the world wouldn't have been saved without her still believing in the Creator's return. He then announces that he will officially begin her formation as the next Mayor of Raposamora!
|She has a point there, Jowee. You know who else was|
like that? Wilfre...
|Don't give up Mari! So long as you don't fall victim to|
bribes, don't start pointless projects, and don't get the
villagers top hate you, you're still gonna be a good Mayor!
The Creator re-creates the clock's hands and night turns into day. The time of the day is not relevant to the plot anymore, so the Mayor explains to the avatar that in the Raposa world, day starts at 7 AM and ends at 7 PM. Great way to use the Nintendo DS's internal clock, by the way. The Mayor then tasks the Hero with finding a page for an observatory in the Forest Gate's final level.
|"Say something smart!"|
"E=MC2. A²*B²=C². E*Presso=Caffeine."
"Wow! Wish I was that smart!"
Deadpool demands that this evil tree changes its name for something that does not start with “Dead”.
What just happened????
|Holy cow, this robotic tree is huge! Baobab? Sequoia?|
Bonsai? Nah, kidding for that one.
Have I mentioned I wasn't particularly fan of flying critters in video games? I hated the ones in Rayman: Hoodlums' Revenge, I hate the ones in this game too. They're particularly annoying here. There is some sort of programming problem that causes the game not to immediately notice when one of those dark bats is stomped, which means your character will be hit instead. (This can be partly explained by the character being made of your own drawings, but that still makes it a pretty damn poor mechanic.) Luckily, that phase isn't impossible to defeat, and the tree opens itself once it's beaten. The Hero enters and sees the tree's consciousness possessed by Wilfre's creations! That phase is a lot easier to defeat, despite many new traps. The spirit is defeated and the captive Raposa is freed. His name? Samuel. He seems to be the village's druid or wise man. I really don't know. It's never made clear. Finally, Deadwood's defeat lets the Creator open the way leading north of the village!
|...Only if it's a parasol that I can turn into a sword and a|
beach ball that turns out to be a big bomb I can blow
Wilfre's face up with.
What's less cool is that apparently, the beach is boring as Heck, so the avatar has to go through the Island Gate and pick up the page in the Book of Life for beach games. ...Excuse me, didn't we have more important things to do? Like, stopping Wilfre? Oh, alright, alright, I'll go! But a level wasted on lame creations is a level lost fending off the forces of evil which, may I remind you, WERE ALMOST VICTORIOUS AT THE START OF THE GAME. Still, the Creator's puppet comes back with a page and the weird Crazy Bark, a Raposa who believes himself to be a dog and speaks without pausing in his sentences. I guess he has embraced the madness of the world. Also, the half-dark Heather is happier than before, and seems more open to dialog... even if she still doesn't say a word.
The Mayor welcomes Crazy Bark... but feels kind of uneasy
with someone like this staying in the village. The Creator also
erases the darkness around a smaller beach, which Mari and Jowee
swear to keep as a secret. (Note: by this point, the
village has become very large, and going to the Eternal Flame to tap
it and then returning to the zone with grey clouds to erase them
becomes more and more of a chore as you progress.) Mari shares the
secret with her father, who believes the secret beach to be a tad
empty, so he tasks the Hero to go through the Island Gate and come
back with the page for the Kori trees, a nice bit of vegetation that
you will draw yourself.
|Do you want a cushion so your rock will be more comfortable?|
|This is a pretty little beach... But if you ask me to go get|
beach toys for it, I give my demission, understood?
|"...with buttons and a magic wand! And the Creator would|
watch over other universes with it! And then make witty
jokes on pages that aren't material..."
"That's by far the dumbest thing I've ever heard."
|A statue made out of the letters STATUE...|
Personally, I try to draw a Rapo-Statue of Liberty when
I reach that point of the game.
|Ahoy, mateys! I'm right on time for Talk Like A Pirate Day!|
|I once fished a fish so big the picture alone wighed ten|
pounds! When I said it, no one believed me.
|Hello! Zi am right on time for Talk Like A Phony Transylvanian|
Oh... those don't exist...
I think I need to take a break. I must be mistaken, there can't be a vampire in this game! Unless... no. I... I'll come back later. Tune in this Friday for the final part of this review.