PictoPlay (Free) by IRL, INC is a social networking game that is all about photographs. Just like the popular iOS game Draw Something, this app lets you play against friends in a word-to-image game, only with PictoPlay, you get to take photos instead of draw pictures.
You can take a picture from within the app, or select an image from your camera roll. For one of my turns, I found an image from the Internet that I had taken a screen shot of. Your options are unlimited. However, if you enjoy taking photos, I don’t suggest simply using preexisting images from the Internet. It defeats the purpose of the game, which is to take cool pictures.
Once you’ve added your picture, you can add a comment. If you take a photo that needs explanation, this is a good way to provide your friend with a bit of background information on why you took the picture, or what they are seeing. Players can also comment on pictures from their opponent.
With every turn, players earn credits that can be used to customize their experience. For example, you can pay two credits to get a new set of words to choose from, or pay four credits to enter your own custom word.
Players can also send images to Instagram and Facebook. You don’t have to stick to your own images, either. You can add your opponents’ photo with just a tap of a button.
I was only able to play this game for about a day with a friend, but it seems to be a pretty fun way to share photos with others. The game lacks variety for how to connect with friends. The only way you can play with people is if they are your Facebook friend. I know a couple of people that don’t use Facebook, but would probably love to play this game. I’d like to see the ability to connect with friends through Game Center.
Even though the friend discovery feature is somewhat lacking, this is a great game. It may not gain the overwhelming popularity that Draw Something did, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t gain some notoriety over the next few weeks. Download it, get your friends to download it, and start taking pictures of everything around you. This is a fun way to stay connected with others throughout the day in a more visual way.