While Drawful 2
comes with its own set of all-new drawing ideas, it expands upon that, by allowing for the creation of your own episodes, which means that you come up with a slew of things to draw and name the episode, and players can play your custom episode, having to draw the things that you came up with when they get them randomly assigned to them. Run out of ideas? No worry, Drawful 2
will pad out the rest of the episode with stock questions from the game.
While this is, admittedly, a cool concept and a welcomed addition to the game, making the gameplay virtually limitless, there are some unavoidable issues with the implementation. Specifically, if you came up with the subject to be drawn, it will be much easier for you to recognize when someone is drawing that topic. Further, when multiple people are playing and make an episode together, everyone sees everyone else's subjects that they added. Now, these episodes can be saved and played later, which might make it a bit harder to guess, but if the people playing the episode are the same people who created the episode, you're not going to get away from that completely.
Now, it would be possible for one person to make some episodes and then let friends play the episode. That would make it more fair and surprising. Or, two groups could each make episodes for the other group to play. This would allow everyone to play, and still maintain the surprises of the subjects to be drawn.
Of course, the parenting-types out there are probably reading about the ability to add your own topics and imagining the filth that could result. Never fear, there is a censoring option, which allows the first player (designated as VIP) to censor any guesses that aren't approved. So, make sure that a parent-type is the first player into the game.
In another attempt to be inclusive, there is now an "Audience" feature, where anyone with a Internet-device that can get to the Web can log onto a game - even if there are no available spots or the game is already in progress - and, as an audience member, can vote on what guesses they like. This allows a bit of participation and affects the players' scores a bit, to boot.
Drawful 2 isn't going to be in an upcoming Jackbox Party Pack, so you might as well buy it all by its lonesome and take it home, today. Why, Drawful was my favorite of the bunch, anyway.