Etch a Sketch HD for iPad

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Using the virtual knobs to direct your line drawings can be quite tricky. You can also draw directly with your finger, which is much, much easier -- but sort of defeats the purpose of an Etch a Sketch.

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This is a virtual version of the Etch a Sketch toy, which features the real-world toy's name, likeness, and logo.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Etch a Sketch HD for iPad, a virtual version of the classic art toy, will allow you to upload personal photos from your photo library, which you can then draw over with the Etch a Sketch. The app will also allow you to post your creations to a Facebook page, which includes any creations of yours that incorporate private photos. There's a similar app for the iPhone and iPod touch; it costs $.99.

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Is it any good?

ETCH A SKETCH HD FOR iPAD provides a good-looking -- but less user-friendly -- virtual version of the classic drawing toy. Using the knobs to draw proves much trickier to pull off on a flat iPad screen than it does with real three-dimensional knobs you can hold and turn on a real Etch a Sketch. You can also draw directly on the screen with your finger, but that sort of kills the whole Etch a Sketch feel. There are some nice extras, like the ability to add stickers to your artwork. But on the whole, the Etch a Sketch feels like a toy best left in the offline world.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: November 18, 2010
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Publisher: Freeze Tag, Inc.
  • Version: 1.281
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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