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

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Bright, creative drawing app clouded by ads and "bucks."

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

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

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
Sexy Stuff

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

What 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!

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMamitadeTian August 27, 2011

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 ou... Continue reading
Kid, 6 years old May 4, 2012

Fun app! You can draw anything!

Fun app, you can draw anything, with stamps, chalk, different colors, stencils, typing, ANYTHING! So much fun
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogLover13 October 2, 2011

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 thi... Continue reading

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?

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
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
    Math: shapes
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
    Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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