Parents' Guide to

Pokemon Art Academy

By Mark Raby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.

Game Nintendo 3DS 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 2+

Arty, creative, and fun!

It is a drawing game, about pokemon. You are given a task, and you follow steps to draw it. You rank up by completing pikachu art, and you can draw freely with whatever tools you want in free paint. You have a friend who ranks up and learns with you. Anybody can draw with anything, no experience required.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo 3DS
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 24, 2014
  • Genre: Art
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

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