Paper Telephone centers around network play, so here is a breakdown of how it works.
Network play runs as asynchronous turn-based games through Game Center. This means that each player has the ability to take their turn at their own convenience and not all players must be present at once.
1) To create a match, the player launches the Game Center view and creates a match of 2-16 players. Game Center friends may be invited, spots may be left open for auto-match players, or a combination of both may be used.
2) The player that created the match then takes the first turn by writing the starting phrase. This can be anything from "The cow jumped over the moon" to "A flying monkey attacked the three-eyed snowman". Writing turns are limited to 50 characters, so use them wisely.
3) The turn is then sent to either an invited friend or an auto-matched player. This player will be responsible for drawing a picture of the initial phrase. Users begin with a black color pencil and through both online and offline gameplay can unlock more colors. Colors can also be bought in the PT Store. Once the player has drawn their image, the turn is sent to the next player.
4) This cycle continues until each player has taken their turn. Once the last player has taken their turn, each participant will be notified of the end of the match and will have the opportunity to view the entirety of the match. This is where you ask, "What in the world were they thinking when they came up with that?" :)