Enter the world of Drawn, and unravel the secrets of the Painted Tower. Overcome challenging puzzles on your quest to save Iris. A curse has locked each floor of the tower, and only the most creative adventurer can find a way through.
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Release Date: Jan 19, 2011

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Enter the world of Drawn, and unravel the secrets of the Painted Tower. Overcome challenging puzzles on your quest to save Iris. A curse has locked each floor of the tower, and only the most creative adventurer can find a way through. Enter lush painted worlds and meet fantastic characters who will help you…and sometimes try to stop you, on your quest through the dream world of The Painted Tower.
Beware! Darkness approaches the tower. Can you save her in time?

Key features:

  • A cinematic adventure
  • Explore enchanted worlds
  • Solve elaborate and cunning puzzles!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • DirectX®: 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 649 MB
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2013
A fun little puzzle game! I really hope the rest of the series will be avaliable on steam soon!
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
Drawn is full of beautiful artwork, which is a good job because that's the premise of the game: enter magical paintings to gather clues and find ways of advancing up the tower to rescue Iris. It's a mixture of hidden object finding, using the right objects from your inventory in the right places, and solving a number of moderately taxing puzzles. Well ok, the puzzles aren't that hard to complete, but a number of achievements rely on solving them quickly, or within a certain number of moves, or without making any mistakes. That's actually quite difficult for some of the puzzles on your first attempt where you're trying to figure out what to do, but a second playthrough would snag those. Still, it's not the kind of game to play through more than once, it's a linear story, it's not particularly difficult, and it's over in a little over four hours. As for the ending... what just happened? It was all very rushed, a bit confusing, and left all kinds of questions hanging! I guess it was meant to be a cliffhanger for the sequel, but it felt a bit anticlimactic. Thanks for that. Still, great little puzzle game, pretty easy, looks great, nice music, I liked it. Speaking of the sequel, it doesn't appear to be on Steam yet.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
I love this game but it is only the first installment in a series. I hope more chapters will make their way to Steam sometime.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Arriving at the bottom of a tower, you discover that a little girl is imprisonned in it, being gifted and pursued by the evil king. Franklin, the one that hide her, can't do anything as magic has taken the tower but he reveals that you can go into worlds created in paintings...

Drawn: The Painted Tower is the first game of a trilogy, where drawings can act as portals to other worlds. The main idea is to use this opportunity to find items that will lead you to Iris. While the main plot is revealed little by little, I'll be honest: it's not really the focus here. You don't have anybody on your tails or pursuing someone, you're just trying to reach a little girl by solving puzzles.

The gameplay is the standard one in this game except for a missing feature: there are no hidden objects scenes. You can say that it's just to find items, use them, combine them and solves riddles and puzzles. However, trust me, it's not boring at all. Objects aren't necessarily easy to find but they're making sense. Everything is making sense, even the actions. Besides, you can find clues thanks to letters or notes scattered around.

The graphics are more close to drawings, however, they're very somber apart for the paintings themselves: a farm in the sunset, a witch doctor in the jungle, a dragon cave, a griffon castle (though it's an ice landscape), a forest during the night (perhaps the only real dark painting) and a giant tree. It"s really changing from the rest of the genre out there.

The soundtrack is also marvellous: very fitting in each scene.

Achievements are also included and ingame, once unlocked, they're for all the profiles.

However, what's the problem here?

I had several crashes. I returned to Windows, with the game closed but the .exe still running. I had to terminate. Once, it was even switching between the game and Windows. I had to do a CTRL-ALT-DELETE to open the task manager to stop this infernal switch.

But despite this, Drawn: The Painted Tower is a fabulous tale. However, you do know what I'll recommend you: to buy it during a sale. Seriously, Big Fish is planning to release the last game of the trilogy and I've to try Dark Flight before. Given the fact that I bought the CE and the SE edition, because I've misread the title, I'll make a comparison of the two versions soon.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
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Posted: October 6, 2011
A beautifull illustrated world, with a wonderful story line. this is one of my favorite adventure games:)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 3, 2011
This an excellent game, especially for the price. The artwork is amazing, and it never fails to impress. The puzzles are clever and require you to stop limiting yourself to the way you think the world works. An excellent game, and I would recommend it for anyone.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2014
Absolutely brilliant game. Would highly recommend, although the game cut out randomly throughout but keeps progress so only mildly inconvient. 8/10.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 17, 2014
Nice variety of puzzles to solve and challenging gameplay
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
I enjoyed both the story and the puzzles. The graphics were beautifully rendered. Still, I wish that the game had been longer. I finished the game feeling unsatified with just the taste of the world I got.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2015
Drawn is a great puzzle and adventure game with amazing art and witty puzzles. I enjoyed jumping into different paintings and having to use elements from them or the scenery elsewhere. However, sometimes I got the feeling I was being sent back and forth between paintings or rooms an aweful lot. A bit frustrating with all of the loading, not to mention that the game crashed on me three times from start to finish.

That aside, this game has an interesting and touching plot with bits of information about Iris and her past and possible future in pieces of paper scattered throughout the game and scenes with recordings to keep you motivated. When playing you require patience and smarts, but puzzles can be skipped after a few minutes have gone by (achievements are lost if you skip or don't solve them before this period of time runs out) and luckily there's also Franklin to give a hint or two (and not the easiest ones, at that!). Overall I had a good time playing this game and admiring the graphics. Definitely a recommended game to those who love puzzles and want to take their time completing them.

I hope to see the two sequals of Drawn available on Stream soon.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Drawn: The Painted Tower has you exploring a mysterious tower whose environments are presented as a series of screens that don't have animated objects within. You solve puzzles and explore by using your cursor to hover over key points of interest and to interact with objects. There are pictures or areas within pictures and puzzles are presented with virtually no text or, at the very most, a few cryptic clues to give you a vague idea of what to do. Your ultimate aim is to reach the top. There is a trial and error feel about the game but it gives the player a decent enough workout for the brain.

Drawn: The Painted Tower is a moody, atmospheric game which is put across immediately by its eerie main-menu. To sombre and mournful tones, a choir sings gentle choral notes in the background as if in a peaceful monastery. We also see the stone carving of Iris - the protagonist of the story - appear before us in a sad, pale turquoise colour. All of which sets a suitable tone adding to the mystery and dark nature of the game which has an almost dream-like quality. It's more of an adventure game than a hidden object game and like many adventure games doesn't tell you how far you've progressed or how far you have to go. Although there are objectives to fulfil and it keeps you informed, there are no records kept or tabs kept on chapters. When you fire up the game, you're thrown in immediately from where you finished the previous session.

Adventure games can be obscure and downright nonsensical while others can be too text-heavy or contain overlong and repetitive dialogue trees. Thankfully a few come along that seem kinder to us noobs and a bit gentler but which still manage to be challenging enough for us to be entertained. This is one such game. Granted, although there is an option to skip the puzzles (and there is a very nice hint system), I personally only felt the need to skip two which I found too tricky.

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4.4 hrs
Posted: July 29
Much too short, and too easy. The only times it was hard was because of bad mechanics and/or no explanations of what to do. Also, he story, while cute, did not really make much sense. You are helping a girl, but who are you? Why can't she do anything herself? Why is she on top of the tower? And the ending was just bad. Only buy if you really like puzzles, and if this game happens to be on sale. I bought it during a 65 % sale, and beat it in just one evening. Or better yet, buy "Riven, Sequel to Myst" instead.

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3.4 hrs
Posted: March 14
It takes roughly 2 hours to complete the game. (But then again I heard it's just the first instalment of a series, so I'm looking forward to the next one.) The puzzles are challenging and some need a bit of thinking to get done. You do need to go back and forth and have to do quite some looking around.
I appreciate the hint button although you do not really need it.
It's a nice story.
I really really enjoyed the music.

+ Artwork
+ puzzles
+ music

- crashes a lot
- pretty short
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8.0 hrs
Posted: February 14
I played it at least 5 times a few years ago.Needless to say,it's a good game,the story line and puzzles are my favourite,the sound of narrator is so great.


2 hours' later,the screen began to shake,the game began to crash,I even cannot close it!Only after changing the compatibility mode,it calms down for a while!Then again!

I don't know how Drawn 2:Dark Flight works, but I'll still buy it,only during the sales.I also hope that Drawn 3:Trail of Shadows will be more perfect.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: February 13
I like the art, the story is pretty generic, the puzzles are okay and the hints are pretty useless. The most annoying thing is how the game is spoonfeeding you information throughout. Still recommend it, though.
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4.7 hrs
Posted: February 11
Good story, beautiful visuals, very atmospheric music and a fun little puzzle game. Not very challenging but very pleasant to play.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: February 8
If you are looking for a true adventure game, this is not for you. And for this reason, I am not recommending the game.

Some of the blame for my negative feelings about the game falls on me, as I didn't look into the game and purchased it solely on the Steam store page (description, "about this game", screenshots and tags). The tags at the time of purchase were "adventure", "casual", "point & click" and "puzzle". My expectations and hopes were that it would be reminiscent of a LucasArts adventure game.

Steam doesn't give the option of star-ratings or a "maybe" or "neutral" - If any of these were options, my answer wouldn't be a flat "no". If you can get this game on sale in the $2-$3 range, then yes, I recommend it.

TL;DR Pros:
- Pretty artwork.
- Fun concept.
- Short and light.

TL;DR Cons:
- "Adventure game" mechanics are severely dumbed-down.
- Almost entirely games of fetch or hidden items, with a few pattern/number puzzles.
- Crashed multiple times.

The graphics are nice and I enjoyed the concept of the main character's magic.

However, the "adventure game" mechanics are boring and dumbed-down to the point where the majority of the "adventure game" type puzzles involve just finding the inventory items that you need. Go to point A to find ___, then go to point B to use it. In most cases, just *seeing* the item in the scene is the hardest part (don't get me wrong, some "hidden object" games can be fun... but those games aren't the same as adventure games).

The times that you need to combine items to solve a puzzle, and it's not made instantly 100% obvious, are few and far between.

Drawn switches between this item finding mechanic and actual pattern or math puzzles.

The game also ended up crashing multiple times. Fortunately, no progress was lost from any of the crashes.
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6.4 hrs
Posted: January 10
Nicely done little puzzle game. Some puzzles are very simplistic while others are just the right amount of difficult to keep you interested. Getting some of the achievements seems more of a challenge than the actual game. They seem to require playing the game through over and over. The artwork is beautiful but the game is buggy. Specifically the witch doctor painting will not let you leave unless you complete the puzzle but if you didn't bring the required componets with you, you will need to restart the game from the beginning. Luckily this bug appears early in the game but I had concerns that this type of bug would happen late in the game. Thankfully it never did.
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3.8 hrs
Posted: January 2
A game similar to all those hidden-object games except it has no HO scenes in it and the point&click adventuring is a bit more complex. The game relies heavily on minigames and sadly they are not very original or inventive. I think I've seen every single one in other games in this genre.
Recommended only on a huge discount.
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