Paint Wars, by Coolio-Niato, challenges you to fill in the outlines of different shapes using as little paint as possible, while an army of vehicles tries to destroy your masterpiece. Just click and drag around the board to draw and fill in over the white shapes. You don't have to cover the entire area within the shape — just the outline. When you've successfully filled in a shape, the white template will disappear and you will feel a little sense of accomplishment. Do this enough and you'll beat the game!
But it won't be as easy as it sounds. When the tanks drive erratically across the board, they leave a trail of paint that covers your hard work. Planes drop paint bombs to hinder you in a similar fashion. If a shape isn't completely covered by your purple paint, the template will reappear. Don't worry, you can fight back. Your weapon of choice? Your pointer — just click them to blow them up. Doing so will also splatter evil-paint, so be careful!
Analysis: There's no escaping it: Paint Wars is difficult. When I first found it floating around the net, it had only one difficulty: Basically Impossible. The author has since adjusted accordingly, first decreasing the overall difficulty of the game and later creating an Easy ("Let's Get Painting!") and Hard ("Let's Paint A Masterpiece") difficulty. Jump into the Masterpiece difficulty and you're likely to pull your hair out by level three. Still, it's an engaging game that uses a familiar draw mechanic in an innovative way. Having to decide quickly where to destroy enemies so as to minimize splatter-damage gives the game a frantic feel, while completing a board is a gratifying experience. Furthermore, as you add more paint to the board, the bonus — which starts at 5,000 on Easy and 10,000 on Hard — quickly drains, and your high score is cumulative across all the levels. So if you aim to be the best, you'd better be conservative.
Paint Wars would be great to play on a tablet, but for those of us that aren't technologically up to speed, the game is mouse compatible. With varying degrees of difficulty and a high score function, Paint Wars is worth a try.
Thanks to dotcomlarry for the screenshot!