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iSketchMultiplayer games can be a lot of fun due to the competitive social dynamics involved. Playing against real people, in most cases and for most games, is inherently more rewarding than playing against some human-coded AI. Even single player games that offer up a high score list inject a bit of the multiplayer competitive element, though without the social dynamics. That's why I find myself playing single player games with high score lists more often than those without, and why I find myself continually going back to games like WEBoggle and Conqueror simply because of the dynamics involved in playing against a live human opponent. And I've just found another game to add to that list.

iSketch is an online multiplayer Shockwave game similar to the drawing game Pictionary, and it works remarkably well on the Web. You sign in with a username—no registration is required—and enter any available room, though no more than 10 can play at a time. Each round consists of 10 sketches. Players take turns drawing a word assigned by the game. When it's your turn, a basic and simple-to-use drawing interface appears with which to begin drawing. Players type their guesses in and the game recognizes when someone gets it right, which then begins a 10-second countdown for any remaining players to get it right. Your score is based on how quickly you guess the word. It's very well designed and loads of fun. This one is a keeper, and you simply must try it out!

Play iSketch


not saying December 20, 2004 9:53 AM

is any one from tenbury high online?

micky mouse April 12, 2005 3:27 PM

we are annoyed that i sketch takes so long to load up!

Jason Rizos May 5, 2005 12:50 AM

What a great interface, but words are repeated way too regularly.


iSketch is so cool and fun. I wish it didn't make me flunk out of college, though. That's kind of a bummer.


BillyBongkers May 30, 2005 5:42 PM

Isketch is the best!


:( i should not have pushed the warning button too much for people violating the rules and now they took it away and i dont how to get it back:( if someone knows could you tell me


i love this game but sometimes i dont like it because it wont load!


Isketch rocks the world. It's the best game I ever played. I love to create my own room and see how many people join. Even though I'm not any good at drawing, people still guess my word and I enjoy chating with real life virtual buddies that I've never met. 5 stars out of 5.

Brittany H June 22, 2005 9:43 AM

Umm I've never been on the game but in a few seconds I will be


how u play this thingggggggggg?


Great game, I am hooked. So much so that I am having trouble today, my computer keeps locking up once I am in a room and I am getting very frustrated!!


This is fun! I can see why Jay would say it is addictive.


I haven't been able to enter i-sketch for 2 days. When I click the link I just get a blue background. Have I been barred ? Anybody have any ideas ?


the server should never be full. it takes too long to log in

anonymous October 22, 2005 3:51 PM

you cant get voting privileges back you have to change your username, thats all.

anonymous October 22, 2005 3:52 PM

has anyone noticed isketch stopped working???


What's going on with ISKETCH the past 2 days???? ANYONE?? Running into others who cannot connect too. VERY UNUSUAL ..POST PLS .It's unavailable? Crashed?


I too have not been able to access iSketch. I thought it was just me. =o/

I hope it's not gone for good... I only just got addicted to it last week! LOL


Im so pleased to read others are having trouble getting into the game. I go on everyday and Ive really missed it. Hope they sort it very soon.


Not to worry folks, mine is not working either. I am sure they will have it up and running anytime...........it is the weekend , you know....lol


why isnt isketch working its not loading anymore!! does anyone know?

Some Random Guy October 23, 2005 10:46 AM

I hope they get the friggen thing back up soon...I miss my friends


OH good we just updated our computer and I was thinking that the firewall or something was preventing me from accessing isketch. Hopefully it is a weekend thing and will be up and running soon.


Cripes!! Is it ever going to work again??


It's backkkk!!
Now I can feed my new addiction!


i loved isketch!!!!!!! it may be my favorite pastime and im getting so good at it. anyone who hasnt played, if you play one game you get addicted and end up playing for hours on end


OMG Im addicted to this game..i love it

LOVER BOI December 3, 2005 8:45 PM

OMG this game roxs!!!!!! I found my true true love OMG this game roxs!!!!!! I found my true true love <3 yay


4 some time now, a year or 2. every time i hit logon it says the server is currently full. please try again. what do i do.

Martin Vivian December 21, 2005 9:03 PM

I too am getting this problem. I thik it is just American peak hour. No sure though.


it is the best
but it wont let me on anymore

party_girl :) January 2, 2006 12:50 PM

im on isketch all the time, talking to people and playing the games.its so much fun.

OX party_girl!



Aha! Cheater!


I Love to draw and when i found i sketch I got hooked I now play it everyday it annoys my mom that i hog the computer!!

*** LOL :) ***


I love this game! I love regular pictionary too!!


I cant get in to iSketch, i used to go on heaps but didnt go on 4 a while (6months) an now i cant get on at all just says server is full! can neone help?

derrike G March 4, 2006 1:14 PM

warning button = win one game
something cool = win ten games
owning isketch = priceless
but never slap people too much they dont like that


I love this game it's one of my favorite games


Lovely. Just what the web needs. I could spend full days playing this game.

You do tend to notice a few repetitions after a while though.

Jay - your site is superb by the way!


This is a fun game! Though, it is a bit hard to play on a laptop...lol


nice game...! =)


it's not working for me help!!!!

Spellbound May 27, 2006 5:44 PM

Great game, but why isn't it loading, is it moving server or something?

Oh and Sarah, I've played it on both laptop and desktop and thought it was easier on laptop... then again, thats my primary pc.


It's a really great concept but it freezes a lot. :(

Kooshi_Govno June 4, 2006 7:04 PM

isketch hasnt been working for months for me, i thought it was my computer (although it works on my other computer, but i hate that computer) and they are the same tpe of computer... it used to work on this one! whats happened?


for all of you having trouble with isketch

Too many people on at once and the server is full which means you can't connect...if you don't get it stop even trying to play becuase its easy enough to figure out


Just played for the first time -- just a few rude, ugly people with foul language kind of ruin it. You have to pretty much ignore the comments. I asked a simple question & got a barrage of foul verbal abuse. Bleh!


Can anyone help me? I used to play this game alot, but It won't work for me nowadays. I go to www.isketch.net, I click Play Now, then it just goes to a blue screen and the log-in screen doesn't come, it just has a small icon in the top left corner, but I have macromedia shockwave installed and everything. Can anyone help me? Please!! It would be apreciated!!


I think the problem is the server is full. That's the message I just got when trying to connect.

The game loaded ok, and asked for username and password.


Isketch is a great game, but like all gems, has it's flaws. The server is full alot, and the words a repeated. Also, when you "obey the rules" and report people, you can get your privaleges taken away. But all in all, Isketch is a fun game that's worth the 20 minutes wait I had today... oh well.

P.S. Just wait for a while to get your privaleges back. They'll come back in a few days or a week or two.


My isktech was working perfectly, but now when I press 'play' on the blue screen instead of the log-in screen showing, it says server 503 unnavailable or something like that. I was just on it and it said I had lost game connection... now that server message is all that shows, any thoughts? Thanks.


Anyone heard anything about the servers going down?
I keep getting a 503 Service Unavailable error?
I use the latest version of Firefox.
but I've also tried it in IE6 and get the same message.


omg im soo mad.. i keep trying to get onto the site but it says "service unavailable-could not connect"!! i've played this game numerous times on the same computer and I LOVE IT! but im not sure what to do.. any advice?


I think there is a forum starting up for iSketch addicts going through withdrawl. You may want to start there. =p

Princess Vivi July 29, 2006 3:25 PM

What's going on??
It always says 503 error...
I'm glad I'm not the only one with that happening
I sure miss my friends...

hot_lips July 29, 2006 4:52 PM

i can't get on and it's really annoying i love the game but it say's "service univalible"rrrrrrrrrr i'm getting angery!!!!!! help!!!!!

Princess Vivi July 29, 2006 6:21 PM

hot lips I think I know you from isketch, well if you use that as your username lol!!

seriously though I miss people....sooo much *cries*
I hope it's ok tomorrow!

Jennifer a.k.a miss_mansion July 29, 2006 8:55 PM

omg make isketch work already it says "503 sevice unavaliable" blah blah blah

something strange July 29, 2006 9:51 PM

my friends and me cannot join too.. kinda frustrating, i hope they get it up running soon. :'(

IZZGOOD July 30, 2006 6:29 AM

It's no where near as good but for those of you missing the isketch fix.

in.luv.wit.u July 30, 2006 2:02 PM

inklink suxs. isketch is better.

Randylishous July 31, 2006 2:29 AM

i dont like how people cheat in that game by sending private messages to each other to tell them what the answer is to get thierclan more point.. relly sucks

but toher AWESOME game mu hahahaha though i cant draw so it doesnt help

Randtlishous July 31, 2006 2:32 AM

yeah i am getting the same i try to go to the web site at its not working i get the same message...

i used to play this heaps when i was younger so cool!


Now it says: Page cannot be found, etc.


Ok folks, I hate to say it, but it looks like iSketch has been taken offline. Sorry, but I have nothing to do with it, and I reviewed this game many months ago.

Find yourselves a new hobby. =)

There are a ton of great games to play, just keep checking the front page.

something strange July 31, 2006 5:45 AM

in case of taking isketch down, i had thought they make an anouncement of it, so i would be too fast with that 'horror'-scenario ;)
maybe they're just upgrading ot something.. but in that case an anouncement would have been ther too.... im confused :/
hopefully we don't die stupid about the whole thing.

sukkubus July 31, 2006 8:23 AM

does anybody know what happened?
anything we can do?
maybe there's an e-mail address or something to talk to the "owner" of isketch? could we convince him to bring back the game?
i really want to go on playing! i'm even ready to pay for it! :(
(sorry for my english, i'm german)


oh no!!!!! that was the best game ever and there is no alternative that can ever beat it!! :O :O :O I hope someone somewhere decides to make a game similar to isketch....

Scorptchio July 31, 2006 9:37 AM

Isketch has been taken offline. It will not be coming back by the looks of things. In the mean time visit www.teensay.co.uk/chat to chat to your freinds.


Darline July 31, 2006 9:54 AM

I have been playing isketch for quite a while..past few days when I try to go to the site, I get a blue screen and at the bottom it says done and there is nothing there..can u help me


jay... I don't believe my eyes!! what do you mean by "have nothing to do with it", is it that iSketch will never be runnin' again?

I'm from Argentina, and I'm sure that people around the world check their link to the iSketch url daily, facing the same pain every day, trying to find something else to do..

so take ur time to make up ur mind about the wound your leaving unhealed to the whole fellowship you started to grow once..

we love you jay..
.... .. the online world.

Princess_Vivi July 31, 2006 10:29 AM

Nooo! Don't say that...
I bet it will be back up again soon enough!


I only discovered isketch a couple of weeks ago do you mean it is gone for good


Its not gone for good..i dont know what jay is talking about. The server is down and should be back up soon.


Well, I hope you're right, ameem. I was only supposing since there were so many people commenting here that they were unable to play. Do we honestly need everyone to leave a comment saying the same thing?

As I said before, I have nothing to do with iSketch, I only reviewed the game when I first found it a couple of years ago and fell in love with it.

But free games don't last forever. It costs money to maintain Web servers, and I wouldn't be surprised to see the game disappear someday because of the costs involved to keep it running.

something strange August 1, 2006 6:33 AM

juhu... isketch working again... thx to jay for providing a space to talk about it ;) :)

jimmy1981uk August 1, 2006 7:23 AM

well it's back up ladies and gentlemen. rock on !!

Princess Vivi August 1, 2006 8:33 AM

Hahaha it's back!
I knew it would be
You should never give up hope
Isketch has made it's compact this calls for celebration! *runs around in circles*


Isketch is back up again, I just left it, Yay!


I'm so happy! *does a little dance*


I seem to be having trouble logging on to isketch again this weekend anyone else having the same problem. It just seems to freeze up.

Maraih scary August 9, 2006 10:30 AM

this game is the best game (besides runescape) that ive ever played. Speaking of rs jay you should try it and post it on ur site its a fairly good game


my brother just got me banned from isketch =( i hate him. i just barely got unbanned too. i have to wait like 10 days now =(.


i love isketch its awesome but sometimes it takes to long to log in an is always too full... i want to get on faster


cant log in!!! need to play one more game. just...one...more....!!!


Anyone else having trouble logging into isketch.
I am going crazy I really miss the game.
Anyone out there please HELP ME!!!!


iSketch is offline :(
according to http://www.isketchforum.net/


Hey everyone my dumb ass friend got me banned and now i cant play i guess he sent an email to the isketch people but is there a way, if that doesn't work to get back on? i love the game and would be very sad if i couldn't play ne more please email me back if u have ne suggestions


5 stars out of 5,
most deffinatly.
it just needs to load fast,
but i still LOVE IT! :]

starfishxo December 23, 2006 8:31 PM

Hi Jay,My friends were on isketch but they got banned on my computer by violating the rules...and I love this game a lot..is there ANY POSSIBLE way that i can get back on,,i promise to make sure that they do not get on the computer without me acknowleding it


how do you become a player with the password and all tht the registeration i want to register can anybody tell me i love tht game though its sooooo cool


hey, so i just started playing isketch the other day, and i decided to write my word because no one would get it, and the people completely kicked me out, and now i cant get back in the website at all, how can i get back it?

lordpanda March 17, 2007 1:49 PM

i loved it but i got banned because i got the word rook and i didnt know what it meant so i drew a book with an R in front of it and i got banned

sweetsico April 8, 2007 9:30 AM

iSketch is currently not working!! :O anyone know whats going on?


"iSketch is currently not working"

This happens. A lot. Not terrible often, but often enough that if you play 1) a lot, 2) at a bad time, than you will notice.

It's always temporary as I've seen. They don't have the resources to handle the popularity they've gotten.

This has actually happened several times since I became addicted to this game.

They'll be back when the load lightens... or when they get higher bandwidth or hardware or whatever their bottleneck is.


Does anyone know all the codes for doing things in the chat box??


Help, I just loaded an image of myself on isketch though imageshack but it freezerd my internet and closed down and everytime I try to log on it freezes and closes my internet down I think it's becouse of the image I loaded it's not the right format but I can't change it becouse I can't get onto isketch. I think I messed my isketch up how can I solve this?

blaqkfairy August 6, 2007 4:53 PM

isketch won't load =/ Connection problems APPARENTLY anyone able to shed any light? Much appreciated cheers x


Does anyone know how to click links in the isketch chat window?


arrrrgh i loove isketch and the chat and everything but one of my friends got me banned its been a week and i still havent gotten it back soes anyone have any ideas ):

Kitteh Pyrat August 29, 2007 9:22 AM

my friend got banned too, all he did was waited then eventually he was able to play again. I don't know how he coped with not playing tho xD


omg i am so frustrated! over the last few yrs I have played isketch regularly. Now? I'm not there 4 5 mins b4 it freezes on me. I got IE7 and I am not sure if its an issue with that?!?! As some1 that has played alot, I know alot of the shortcuts haha... Should I share them? Have a look at http://www.isketchforum.net/.. In the meantime I shall jsut tear my hair out ;-P


LOL I Gave Some One A Slap And It Banned Me I Did It Once Now I Cant Get Back On It :( It Was Just 1 Slap
She Slaped Me So I Slaped Her Back Then It Disconnected and said im blocked!!!!


Sketchplanet is similar but smaller canvas size:


I have been playing isketch for ages, so i thought i would upload a pic. However, it bunked me off and now whenever i try to get on it closes down internet. Help me please as i LOVE that game....

Any suggestions?

Anonymous May 18, 2008 8:50 PM

the same thing happened to me. may 17th, 2008. i tried to upload a pic and when i did i got kicked off now when i try to enter i just get kicked off the internet. can anyone please help me!!!! i miss my isketch soo much. you have to understand. any info you have that can help please let me know. thanks

Anonymous June 17, 2008 3:13 PM

im having trouble logging on :( i can load up the site fine, but when it comes to logging on my internet freezes up and i get and error message asking to send the report to microsoft and then my I.E closes. Its stressing me out! I need my fix! Help anyone!?

Anonymous July 23, 2008 9:37 AM

I'm having a similar problem. Since I uploaded a picture in my personal information under settings, it keep displaying a message for me to allow permission..

I tried to log on today, but then my internet just closed. Help?

Anonymous August 13, 2008 10:17 AM

does anyone know how to uninstall shockwave 11 on a mac because it wont let me play isketch cause it doesnt support shockwave 11.


iSketch is the GREATEST!!! But, every so often, I cannot log on! It just comes up with an error box saying that connection was lost! Even when I clear my internet cache, it still persists! Does anybody know how to solve this?


aSTONEDcow September 3, 2008 3:09 AM

ok well i was banned from isketch like 2 weeks ago cause of some person named bristolbabe ...all i did was use caps once and she permabanned me ..she did this to 3 of my other friends also i cant get back on i tried everytrick in the book it wont even let me send feedback help would be great


I am from Japan and I am only beginning to speak the basic English. But the game is very helpful for making English friends! Thank you!


why won't my icon show up on iSketch

Kinda Mad October 8, 2009 11:02 PM

Does anyone know why when people send me things on Isketch it messes my computer up? I don't ever click accept. It makes me a little upset when I am playing a good game and it freezes my game that or, I have major lagging problems due to this. Thanks for the info.......


NOTE TO EVERYONE WHO PLAYS AT ISKETCH.NET: If you do not follow the rules perfectly they will ban you completely from playing on the website ever again. They don't warn you, they do however say it in the rules, but who really reads all of the rules about a game. Games don't usually BAN you from their site. I was banned completely. Luckily i'm getting a new computer soon. HAHA.
Also, their are "administrators" that play and have screen names like regular people, and they can "vote" to kick you off. Once you have so many votes, thats when you get banned.
SO if you play on this site, follow the rules, and watch out for haters.

Anonymous October 21, 2010 7:41 PM

I'm addicted to slapping people! (in isketch chat)


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