I play with four people, and half of them read this blog and we've been talking about the new badges you can earn. It's been hard for me to type on the iPod within the game enough to explain how I understand them, and there doesn't seem to be anything clearly explaining how I understand it either. So here's what I can tell:
|My drawing of a skeleton for
the "Don't Go In There" badge
As you draw a word that's in a badge it will show up within that badge as complete (as far as I can tell it doesn't even need to be guessed correctly -- you just have to draw it).
Once you draw all the words within a badge theme you are awarded the badge and given a bonus of coins. As far as I can tell it's 10 coins per word in the badge (for the "Beauties and the Beast" badge I got 40 and for "The Hardest Spelling Bee Ever" badge I got 50).
There doesn't seem to be anything else you can DO with a badge -- some of the questions I read online were "how do I open the badge?" and "what do I do with a badge?" Really I think they're just a way to keep people playing and a way to earn more coins quickly.
(Coins can be accumulated to buy additional colors and bombs, which can unlock other choices of words to draw or remove letters when guessing someone else's drawing.)
The words for the badges do not have to be opened with a bomb. As I have completed the badges I have noticed that the badge words are marked in the lists with a little badge icon. If I see that icon, I know to pick that word to draw (even if it's an "easy" or one-coin word) to get closer to earning a badge.
But some days I don't see a badge word at all, so I'm not sure how long it would take to complete all 11 badges -- or if there's a bigger coin bonus if you do.
Hope this helps, and if it's unclear I can try to explain myself better. And if I figure out other things as I go along I'll update this post.