Doodle Buddy for iPad - Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch - It's Addictive!

Common Sense Media says

Bright, creative drawing app clouded by ads and "bucks."

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Generally easy to use, although a more extensive tutorial and more detailed FAQ list would help. Messages reminding users how to erase by shaking the device pop up frequently. The app's drawing features can be used horizontally or vertically, but the scenes appear only vertically.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Ads for adult products and services such as liposuction and credit cards are prevalent, unless you make the $0.99 in-app purchase to ban them. Also, this app provides "Doodle Bucks" to users for downloading other suggested apps and spending a lot of time on this app. With the Doodle Bucks, users can buy tools and stamps to use to draw in this app that are not initially available.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns: If you don't pay to ban ads, it's quite easy to accidentally click out of the app and into an ad. Users can email creations to friends.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doodle Buddy is a free drawing app that offers kids a lot of ways to get creative with paints, stamps, and backgrounds -- but it comes with a lot of ads. You can disable the ads by making a $0.99 in-app purchase. The app also entices kids to download other apps so as to earn "Doodle Bucks" to use within the game. Parents can turn off the ability to download other apps from within the "Settings" section of your iPad. A similar free version of this app is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Doodle Buddy -- Paint, Draw, Scribble, Sketch -- It's Addictive!

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

What Kids Can Learn

Doodle Buddy for iPad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Doodle Buddy for iPad wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids creating with Doodle Buddy can choose a color, as well as brush width, and just start finger-doodling on the plain screen. There are also lots of emoticon-style stamps and backgrounds to choose from, and a glitter effect. The app includes options to doodle over a photo already stored on your device, save your doodles to your device, and send doodles via email.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This app offers a lot of fun ways to draw and stamp images onto your painting, as well as choose background scenes and more. You can use more than one finger to doodle and create some pretty cool images with options like smudging and glitter. However, this free app has tons of pesky ads and constantly asks kids to download other apps so as to earn in-game "Doodle Bucks" (which can be used to buy other art supplies). Free in this case comes with a cost.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 1, 2010
Category:Other
Size:12.90 MB
Publisher:Pinger, Inc.
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Adult Written byMamitadeTian August 27, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

creative entertainment

This was a great way to keep my child entertained while waiting for their sibling’s after-school classes to end. It did help to be watchful to avoid clicking out of the app and into ads.

Teen, 15 years old Written byDogLover13 October 2, 2011
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

Some Issues--But Overall, Pretty Good

It is OK--I have it, but me myself I don't think it is the best you could possibly get. You can make funny faces on people, and put stamps on photos--I think it is educational because you can teach kids a bit about the color spectrum, ans so on. But I do think language COULD be an issue, I'm not saying it is--kids can draw or write inappropriate words on photos, and they don't have a moderating system to minimize it. Same with drinking and smoking--kids could take photos of something like a cigarette and draw on it, or something like that. Anyway, anyone reading this I think gets it, so have a nice day! It is worth downloading, but be careful.

What other families should know
Educational value
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 6 years old May 4, 2012
AGE
8
QUALITY
 

Fun app! You can draw anything!

Fun app, you can draw anything, with stamps, chalk, different colors, stencils, typing, ANYTHING! So much fun

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