I bought Drawn to Life from a Walmart around 2008 or so. (I'm not exactly sure when, but I know The Next Chapter wasn't released yet) So, I've been playing DTL for around 8 years.
I remember having to decide between getting the original or the Spongebob spin-off.
I did not get the spin-off, and that's a good thing.
I bought Drawn to Life from FNAC (a technology and gamers shop) in 2007 (I think November). I remember the first time I launched the game... I was still in the Shopping Mall :')
(I never, NEVER thought about buying any spin-off.)
I first heard of it via ad online, it was something where you color drew I believe, I asked my parents and later that Easter I got TNC. I was 8 sooo2010.
The first time I actually REMEMBER hearing of DtL, I was looking through DS games online (for a Christmas list I think) when I came across 2 games. Super Scribblenauts, and Drawn to Life. I only wanted to write one down, and I chose Scribblenauts. The summer afterwards, I was watching a youtuber and I realized he played through Drawn to Life. After I watched the first episode, I then decided I wanted this game. I honestly went with my gut on this. I barely even knew anything about the game at the time... I the recieved it as a christmas present that same year.
It was almost 2 years ago since then.
I got it for christmas in 2007 ^^
I wanted the first one but I ended up getting the second one for Chirstmas in 2012. I fell in love with the plot and characters ever since.