What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Let's Paint! is basically a virtual easel for creating Wii-based artwork. Kids can color in pre-loaded pictures or create their own art that they can save to the Wii console's system memory. The back of the box mentions "tutorials and painting classes" that do not appear to be actually be in the game, though. There are also only two mulitplayer games, one of which is Tic-Tac-Toe, so don't expect Let's Paint! to function as a party game.
What's it about?
LET'S PAINT! is a virtual coloring book/painting canvas which allows kids to either fill in pre-loaded colorless images, or create their own artwork by drawing and painting with the Wii remote. There are four solo mini-games also included, like jigsaw-type puzzles, connect-the-dots, and shape- and color-matching games. A multiplayer section offers Tic-Tac-Toe and a strategy game called \"Paper Soccer.\" The back of the game box mentions a \"Painting Tutor\" and \"painting classes,\" but those features are nowhere to be found.
Is it any good?
The drawing and coloring parts of Let's Paint! are fine, if imperfect, virtual art programs. There are a good number of coloring pages and while the Wii remote makes a somewhat shaky paintbrush, kids can still use it well enough to make their own pictures. The games seem like a bit of an afterthought, especially the multiplayer section, which only contains two mini-games -- neither of which is spectacular. But the biggest problem with Let's Paint! is that the description of the game on its packaging promises features that can't be found on the disc. Where are the painting tutor and the art classes mentioned in the box copy? A little instruction would have gone a long way.
Families can talk about...
How is creating art on a TV screen different from drawing or painting on paper? Which do you like better?
Does making video-game art inspire you to get creative in other ways? After playing with this game, do you want to get real crayons or paints?