Draw Something App is Newest Addition to Social Gaming Zeitgeist

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Draw Something, the Pictionary-like iPhone app, is the newest addition to a growing number of casual games designed to take advantage of the increasing numbers of people connected through smartphones. Much like the Internet has changed hardcore gaming, wireless devices are transforming the way non-gamers look at easy to play, social games. Instead of first-person-shooting and dungeon style adventure games, smartphone users are flocking toward games that take advantage of fast wireless connections and easy integration with their own contacts.

Furthermore, the games themselves are becoming more like a social network like Tumblr or Instagram. As Facebook continues to lose its cool-kid cachet, more and more games and apps will be looking to find the sweetspot found by Draw Something and the addictive Words With Friends. While some games have a more direct social facet, others simply make it easy to compare scores and achievements. Draw Something is only the newest in a growing list of games that take advantage of the social feature, but its light-speed ascent will surely encourage even more developers to try and emulate its winning formula. Start the slideshow to check out some of the most addictive and social game apps out there. Let us know which ones you play and what are their best features.

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