A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pokemon Art Academy teaches players how to draw their favorite Pokemon characters. Thanks to lots of tutorials, even non-artists will learn techniques to help them understand how art is created. There's a slight storyline that has little to do with the experience -- it really comes together more as an interactive "tool" rather than a traditional video game.
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What's it about?
POKEMON ART ACADEMY has a basic storyline that ties together different aspects of the game. But the story has very little to do with the content. Players follow a drawing enthusiast whose goal is to become a famous Pokemon illustrator. It's all about teaching users -- with surprising detail -- how to draw various Pokemon creatures, whether they're using the stylus on the screen of their Nintendo 3DS or pen and paper offscreen.
Is it any good?
Pokemon Art Academy is more than a gimmick. It provides a surprising amount of instruction and features, such as the ability to blend colors with pastel markers, add shadows, create depth, and even airbrush. But novice artists shouldn't be intimidated. The game starts with basic instructions and eases into more advanced techniques as kids progress.
Also, since the game teaches real drawing skills, users likely will learn to create drawings with physical tools and a piece of paper (although some of the methods, such as airbrushing, aren't so easy to replicate). Overall, the game does a surprisingly good job of providing instruction in a variety of drawing techniques and can be recommended for kids of all artistic levels.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about expressing creativity in the physical world. What's different about using markers, pens, and pencils on paper compared to drawing on a digital screen?
This is the latest title in the extremely popular Pokemon franchise. Is this really the best way for new fans to explore the Pokemon universe?
Do you think this game would appeal to non-Pokemon fans? Why, or why not?
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