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Draw Something!

We knew for sometime now that Nokia was getting the hit social game Draw Something developed by Omgpop (later acquired by now troubled Zynga). The Pictionary-esque game involves users trying to draw a word remotely on their phones, while another friend attempts to guess that word. The game is cross-platform and has rocketed to the top of mobile social-gaming.

Many users have begged and pleaded with Omgpop to bring it to Windows Phone and it looks like they have, albeit it limited to just Nokia Lumia phones. (Cue the battle in comments over whether this helps or hinders Windows Phone).


The game weighs in at just a puny 7MB and is of course free for users. We should note it is not an Xbox title, meaning there are no achievements but in turn, you get that precious iPhone/iPad/Android ability to play with others—score. The game also features notifications, of course, to let you know it is your turn.

The game requires an email or your Facebook to connect up and play friends, so be prepared for that aspect.

If we had to describe it, we would suggest that this was a direct port of the iOS game, so don’t expect a Modern UI version of the smash game. Instead, you get what look to be awkward graphics on a Windows Phone and some tiny fonts. And ads, of course. But hey, you wanted it, so some of you can now get it.

Pick up Draw Something for Nokia Lumia phones here in the Store. Thanks, Ryan T., for the tip!

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elisaur says:

Sigh.... Just in time for me to not have anyone to play with anymore!

jdep1 says:

+1. I'll just play with myself.

aeronaught says:

Same, games like these tend to have a short shelf life of <6 months; even my sister who was super into it doesn't play anymore. I appreciate the effort Nokia/Microsoft, but next time speed up the time table so the game is actually still relevant.

dora85 says:

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Sam Oneal says:

I think some of these captions make things even more confusing. The first picture is not a 920, photo 8 is an HTC 8x with a 920, not a 900 with a 920. There may be other errors too, but those were glaring.

tommohammed says:

"No Network" error when I try to play, and... what took so long?

stevethenerd says:

I was going to say... Quite disappointing :(

Jeggstar says:

Yeah, I'm on LTE without being able to play...

admatt says:

I also get the same problem. First time I've had an app fail.

ricomcbrain says:

Same and I'm on WiFi

schlubadub says:

This app is getting slammed in the marketplace reviews for the same issue

yosagojimbo says:

Sadly it seemed to be a passing fad and most people have moved on so considering the minimal amount of work in the conversion. This is a missed opportunity to help boost sales when it could have made a genuine impact.

PeterFnet says:

Well said. WP7 has been out for almost 2 years.

schlubadub says:

And being exclusive means more than 50% of WP7 users can't even play...

Talbot690 says:

Would this work cross platform to ios/android phones or strictly wp to wp?

Sathanous says:

Yes its cross

theefman says:

This is what people have been crying for? Looks pants, tbh.

DesRed says:

Agreed. I actually don't get the hype around Draw Something. I rarely hear people talk about Draw Something when it comes to mobile gaming. Most people I know either talk about Angry Birds or Plants vs. Zombies.

jamy77 says:

It used to be big some time ago.
But it has already passed its prime time, so not many people stil play it. That's why you don't hear about it anymore. Being social game its coming to WP so late and with exclusivity means it is pretty much useless.

schlubadub says:

It's pictionary... Some people love it, others don't :P

So, is Words with Friends heading to Windows Phone 7 as well or just headed to the elite that is Nokia?

When is words for friends coming?

waym1962 says:

Is this a timed exclusive? Or are the rest of us left out in the cold altogether.

ratsta says:

This is a timed exclusive 2 months or so as far as I am aware

Just downloaded but hope words with friends comes. Nobody plays this anymore it seems. They were a little late to the party like mentioned earlier. Better late than never I guess

kiddj55 says:

No one plays this anymore everyone has moved on to letterpress

Jeggstar says:

No good on LTE?!?

ariez84 says:

Yeah for fragmentation!!! Great for consumer!. Every different Windows Phone variant should have its own store, instead of a centralized Microsoft one.

starblade876 says:

That's not fragmentation

tbonenga says:

No but it sucks and it's a knife in the heart to windows phones. Not every carrier has the 920. Hardly nobody would pick a 820 over a 8X or ATIV. Major apps could be the choice for most consumers. If they can't get a certain app on the windows phone they like they might pick Android or IOS.

Montpbm says:

Yeah I agree.. This is pissing me off all this exclusive @#$%! I don't wanna buy no Nokia phone so what's the point of trying to get people to like WP when Nokia is the only one getting all of the apps.. I am really thinking of switching platforms because you don't see popular games done like this on Android..

starblade876 says:

Definitely agree it sucks. I mean, with this app it was too late; most people on other platforms have left the game as everyone else has said, but the next new fad app can't be exclusive, even if for just a little while. That would be a knife to the heart; with this app right now, it's more like a banana peel to the feet.

jamy77 says:

Actually it is..

starblade876 says:

Exclusivity isn't incompatibility, so no.

sdreamer says:

This might have had more impact if it wasn't a Nokia exclusive, seeing how this fad has passed for other platforms except WP which in this case would have benefited from it. I'm also for an OEM differentiating themselves, even through exclusive apps, but this one really could have used more WP users congregating to it.

waym1962 says:

Exactly. Everyone says no one is playing anymore and zynga has had some trouble lately, so releasing to all windows phone users to increase the customer base makes sense. But they went the Nokia route and opted for a quick money exclusive instead of a wider customer base.

Sathanous says:

Well since the way we got it at all is Nokia put up the money I'm ok with it being a short exclusive for em

SleepyTheDon says:

Loaded right up for me fun game. I was playing it earlier today on a Galaxy Note 2 & got hooked

tbonenga says:

Wow .... Every Android device can get this. Now I see why W7 has less than 4% market share

stevethenerd says:

WP7 has low market share 'cause Windows Mobile lost its relevance and everybody doesn't buy new software from MS right away.

tbonenga says:

Do you think having exclusive Big name 3rd party apps to one OEM helps? You can't get a top notch Nokia on every carrier. App availability plays a part in the phone and OS people choose. What if somebody wants a certain app and it's Nokia exclusive but no top Nokia is available to them? There's a good chance they'll go Android or IOS.
I know Nokia fanboys cream there pants with these exclusives but windows phone as a whole is getting crapped on.

eharris560 says:

Remember Nokia is paying for this aps. It's simple, it doesn't come to WP without Nokia.
So why is every one mad at Nokia because it's exclusive for a couple of months. There's two ways to fix this. 1) Start sending angry emails to these developers voicing your frustration with 2 platform development. 2) Stop letting app selection decide your OS purchase. (I know that is hard) We the customer have the power, but we have to be willing to exercise it with our pockets.

Kon-Aitor says:

I do wonder if it is too little to late for shuch apps, the fad has already died down for them, would have been nice when everyone else was still playing it. 
However, will take what we can get!

ZuNuKoo says:

Some of us can't even take it, because we can't get it.

schlubadub says:

"Shuch apps"? Are you drunk? :P

astroXP says:

Damn, the graphics are sooooooooo slow. Oh boy

RyanDaLyon says:

I'll just go to xda and get it for my unlocked focus.

rockstarzzz says:

This is too late to the party. So will be temple run if we ever get it and other games too. This is what being a third or near third ecosystem feels like. You get used and abused games and apps that no one wants. :/

MrSean490 says:

Great, so a game that my friends were talking about back in early April has finally arrived but is not even available for my phone because I was an adopter of a phone that came out before Nokia jumped in.
Seems legit.

IsTrooper2 says:

Can't even launch it cuz of that Network error

The1Weapon says:

Words With Friends has long since been announced as well, and not only has that train largely passed as well, but it's still not here yet, and when it comes, might unfortunately be another exclusive in the books for Nokia.
It's terrible that Nokia is able to snag these exclusives like this, imo. I'm personally on Verizon and do not plan on switching, so for me to get the "full WP experience" in a sense, I have to either cross my fingers, sit on my money and hope for a 920 variant to come from Verizon or settle for a weaker device in the 822, when I could (and most likely will be) going after the 8x.

Such a shame that even though I've been trying to faithfully support the WP platform (literally held off my upgrade and waited until I could buy the Trophy day 1), just because I'm not on a certain carrier, I am being constantly excluded from the entirety of the platform because of all of the exclusives Nokia is snagging.

And people will say "Oh, blame Verizon for that. They turned the WP7 down in favor of Android." or whatever. That's fine, but all I'm saying is that now that some devices are available, it doesn't hurt to have them available for the whole platform (accessible on the, currently excluded, largest carrier in America), which is trying to get its legs.

Even still, it's one thing to fragment the devices on Android. You can make them look and run wildly different through software customization and chipset differences. On WP everything looks and runs just about exactly the same, so it'll be a lost opportunity when those who aren't enthusiasts get their hands on a non-Nokia WP find out that they are missing out on popular apps because they don't have a Lumia device, even though there's virtually no difference between the phones. I was certainly disappointed a few months ago when I went to Six Flags and found out that the Six Flags WP app is a Lumia line exclusive, simply because it just reminded me of the inconvenience.
It is what it is though, we'll see what comes of this and if WP can catch up. 


Ticomfreak says:

This is because Nokia pays for most/all of the development costs...

admatt says:

If it is a two month exclusive, you will get this by December. Be patient or buy Nokia.

antivirus says:

You should really be thanking Nokia because if it wasn't for them those apps may never have come to Windows Phone.

jamy77 says:

While I agree that Nokia "deserves" those exclusive as they have invested on it.
I find the notion that we should be "thankful" for Nokia, and that those apps would have never come to WP is pretty much nonsense.
Lets take an example of Viber: They were already long planning to bring voice calls into WP. However they have seen that Nokia was pretty much giving away money to developers and thus they have just took an opprtunity (money) and made an exclusive deal.
As I said while I do agree that Nokia deserved Viber HD, as they paid for it. We would have anyway got it even without Nokia's money. So there is nothing why we should be "thankful" of them.
While it is not the same with every app, the similar scenario applies to most of the "exclusives".
So, sorry but I am not going to jump into WP community bandwagon of loving Nokia and praising its every action. They are nice company but they are overrated here and treated like gods.

CJ Thunder says:

The people screaming fragmentation, what happens when because of hardware you can't play a certain game? For example the game needs a better processor. Will you people complain then?

Ticomfreak says:

Yes. See: Windows Phone 7.8

schlubadub says:

You do realise that WP8-only apps are coming next week right? More and more apps will not be released for WP7. Fragmentation is only a few days away

CJ Thunder says:

I'm very sorry that MS wasn't transparent. Though Windows 95 can't run crysis.

schlubadub says:

Except our current phones CAN run WP8... I'm not sure your point is. The only reasons we're not getting an upgrade is because it's risky (as it requires a full flash) and not financially viable - they'd much rather sell us new phones than upgrade the old ones.
The point is, fragmentation is coming regardless of hardware. The reality is that the marketplace will be split in two in just 1 more day. I don't care either way as I'm due for a new WP8 mobile, so I don't care what happens to WP7... I'll just turn my old phone into a dedicated MP3 player, or mess around with various ROM's on it.

iggypop120 says:

3 stars. Guess Nokia is saving me from headaches

bonsai666 says:

Doesn't work, this may have convinced the wife to drop android for WP. Oh well.

dalydose says:

The game loads, but crashes when I search for friends via the Facebook button. Ive power cycled and still get the crash.

This game is a has been, so I'm not sure why Nokia pushed for it. It's also a game that requires a social aspect to play. Anything that is social in nature should be made available to the widest audience possible. Again, it's a passing fad that we won't be talking about in November

I will say to the complainers...again...if Nokia didn't persue these apps/games, you wouldn't have anything to complain about because they wouldn't be on our platform at all.

StreetNerd says:

no one is playing this anymore -_-"  it came way to late just like wordfeud....

plp85 says:

No Network Error..... Doesn't work

TechAbstract says:

Works fine here

plp85 says:

What handset & region? I'm using Lumia 900 in the UK

everylt2012 says:

It just keeps reminding me to rate the app, wtf I've rated it already!!

Never heard of the app. That said, screw Nokia.

simmomelb says:

App crashes on open, reinstalled, restarted phone, still crashes, arghhhhh

V Turk says:

I am happy its here. I would play it. As its a good quality app. And I still know people that play it. Its just at the moment its not working can't connect. :(

freypal says:

Doesn't work. I'm also getting a no network error.

vijax21 says:

Pffffffffffffff.... Do people still play this shi-t?

1jaxstate1 says:

Lol, only about six months too late.

laserfloyd says:

Better late than never I suppose but would have been great a few months ago. :P  Such is the life of a WP user.  It's ok as there'll always be the "now" app and with Windows 8 out, I think we'll get faster dibs on bigger name apps. :)

krashek says:

Not working on my L710. Connection problem...

gorebashd says:

Doesn't work. I have both my cellular on and WiFi. Keeps telling me no network

byork83 says:

And this is why I'm headed back to Android. I'm tired of this exclusive crap on a platform that barely has any popular games and apps in the first place. I don't want a lumia, they look awful. Microsoft is shooting themselves in the foot by allowing this

I say let Nokia keep their exclusive apps forever. They shelled out to get the devs to make em. Nothing stopping HTC and Samsung doing the same with must-have apps. Need those apps? Buy a Nokia. Don't need em? Don't. But for the love of God, quit bitching! Don't like it? Why don't you shell out millions to make them develop for your preferred OEM. You can't make money without spending some. Don't whine cuz only Nokia is in it to win it.

schlubadub says:

We want WP to succeed, not just Nokia. MS should be bringing exclusives to the platform, not to a subset of a minority.

TonyDedrick says:

Maybe folks want these apps for the betterment of the OS and not because of a preferred OEM.

bigunit66 says:

Just wish it worked....

Works fine for me. That said the Android version always had issues for me also. This one on my 900 worked fine so far

pooleyjnr1 says:

Doesn't work and too late. Love my WP but they need to get a grip regarding big apps. They need to get the big apps at the same time as the competition or even before!

rollo132 says:

I really don't see how "buy nokia" is an acceptable answer for people upset about this and other exclusives.  I get it, nokia is putting up cash to get apps just for their phones to entice people to buy them.  Great.  But is that good for all Windows Phones?  I am firmly in the "No" column on that.  Not everyone has the ability to buy nokia, and not everyone has the desire either.  There are plenty of HTC and Samsung owners who love their Windows Phones and would like these titles.  Of course, HTC and Samsung should step it up.  Nokia is doing a great job of getting solid apps from known developers to their devices.  But let's stop shouting about how much better Nokia is.  Let's remember that if/when WP takes off, Nokia will only be a part of the picture.

plp85 says:

Should Nokia give Samsung & HTC their Nokia Drive App as well? No, if a company stumps up the cash for an exclusive be it carrier or provider then they get the benefits, not the OS.

MrSean490 says:

Nokia Drive App is an actual OEM app, so don't draw up stupid questions like that.
Draw Something is a 3rd party game available to an incredibly wide range of devices outside of WP ecosystem.

rollo132 says:

Not what I said.  I even admitted that HTC and Samsung need to step up their game.  This is a Windows Phone community, and Nokia exclusives help Nokia, not Windows Phone in general. 
And yes, I do think that it would be a good idea for Nokia to license their Drive app to the other OEMs.  It would be a great option to get these amazing apps in the hands of all WP users, and Nokia could make money off every WP sale.  You know, free for Lumia owners, $4.99 (or something similar) for the rest.  They still get to say "we have the best apps included", but the rest get a chance at it. 
Also, Nokia has got an awful lot of eggs in the WP basket.  They can reap all the benifits they want from exclusivity, but at the end of the day if WP fails, Nokia is going down hard.

plp85 says:

Nokia paid to develop their app, and they paid to bring a third party title to THEIR devices, so its not a stupid comparison. Nokia didn't pay to bring a title to help their competitors did they? If Nokia hadn't bought the exclusive rights to the app, it wouldn't be on windows phone at all.... So either buy a Nokia, or wait until the exclusive agreement is up and get it on your WP device, or sod off back Android or apple. Either way, don't inflict your pointless comments on the world.

TonyDedrick says:

Then there is a problem that seriously needs to be addressed of MS can't secure huge apps for THEIR platform. Not saying OEMs shouldn't shoulder some of the load. I remember one of the rallying cries from hardcore fanboys early on was the fact that whether you were Dell, HTC ot Samsung, you were getting the same WP experience (save for obvious OEM branded apps). It isn't as bad of an issue as its made out to be. But its frustrating nonetheless.

jamy77 says:

See my comment above..
Even without Nokia most of these apps would have come to WP.
But yes I agree, that now they have paid for it they don't have to share it with competitiors. But I still firmly disagree with your second point.
And don't inflict YOUR pointless comments on the world. (See? I can do it too. Just because we have different opinion does not mean it is pointless)

terchoo says:

Network error on Wifi and 3g. :(

Same debate every time. I have a Lumia couldn't care less about Zynga games, in fact the "social" phone games bore me to death.

MediaCastleX says:

I imagine you're just bored with people altogether, no? =P

TonyDedrick says:

I'm pass Draw Something because the people I played with couldn't grasp the concept that you actually had to draw the word and not write out clues in word form.

danzinho16 says:

People in this website, complain too much. If they don't get it, they complain. If they get it, they complain. I don't a Lumia either, but you don't see me complaining .. On comments.

schlubadub says:

Except you're complaining right now...

jdep1 says:

All this exclusive apps for Nokia is making me feel like either you own a Nokia WP or don't get a WP. MS that is not going to help ppl jump from there current os to windows.

MediaCastleX says:

It might, they can only hold for so long...nothing is ever exclusive forever ;)

rubenbest says:

Ok screw it im buying a lumia they get all the cool appa geez

MediaCastleX says:

You gonna wait a week though right? Windows Phone 8 =D

henilp89 says:

its too late now.. im not even gonna download it once n i played it soo many times on my android tablet n no one even plays it anymore.. such a waste n i think it this is ad-supported.. looks to be (i paid for the damn thing on android)

TheMofaDe says:

iM ashamed of owning a Lumia This is awful

MediaCastleX says:

Really? It's not the developers half-assed port or crappy game but Nokia's fault it sucks? =/

smasithick says:

I'm stuck with No Network Error in India in my lumia 710

MediaCastleX says:

I really don't get why this game was such a demand by all other platforms, they may have made a fun concept but the execution of the whole thing is just shotty and I can definitely tel this is a minimal effort by some hack developers. That said, I praise Nokia for their ability to get something done. Im sure were it not for the fact that omgpop had made this game first someone ELSE probably could have made a better game that was similar... =[

Vryolaka says:

No network error. Lumia 800 on O2 in the UK.

Lasciviouss says:

Yep, same network error for me too! Lumia 800 in Mexico.

peterjr1boom says:

Woah this is crap.

Mystictrust says:

I'll have to try this out when the WP8 Lumias arrive. I'll try drawing with a fork or banana or something ;)

wildbohr says:

I bet the network error is the same problem from the last firmware update that won't allow 900's to tether anymore.

wildbohr says:

And to further reinforce this my wife's 800 plays the game fine.

party7uk says:

Can't download now on lumia 800

byutah says:

Stop crying. It sucks and You'll didn't want it anyway. Just part of the illusion that the public demands that WP have apps. Just a PR move so people scrolling through can say oh look they have that too. WP rules with or without it

Ethere says:

My wife's Lumia 900 says that it's not available on her device. No idea why. 2nd time it allows me to download it but gives error c101a7e3.

purefire21 says:

Microsoft should of had native code to began with. Nobody want to rewrite there app to xna codes

kinaton says:

Not compatible with lumia 800 in UK.

rumble06 says:

I have a lumia 800 but can't manage to find it in the marketplace, why???

TallPaul86 says:

To add a comment here, I never deleted the game off my phone and all of a sudden its working!! Needs a sufficient update as its quite rough round the edges (slow to load, jaggy scrolling)

duoFurious says:

So got a Lumia 920 today and app is unavailable