A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game's only message is that art is fun. Be creative!
Positive Role Models
There are no characters, so the only real role model is the game itself, which allows kids ways to express themselves creatively.
Ease of Play
The control scheme set up for switching art implements and changing colors is well designed for young kids -- although it would have been nice to actually get the tutorial promised on the back of the box. And actually painting and drawing with the Wii remote is a far less precise process than it seems it should be. Playing the mini-games could not be easier, though.
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.
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.
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