Pokemon Art Academy

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Pokemon drawing app teaches techniques; great instruction.

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age 6+
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how to draw their favorite Pokemon creatures. This is no gimmicky spin-off of the brand; rather, parents may be surprised at how detailed and specific the instructions are. Kids learn drawing techniques such as color blending and how to combine art tools (pens, markers, pastels) to make the most realistic creations. Pokemon Art Academy awakens the artist in all Poke-fans, giving them skills that can be used for the rest of their lives.

Positive Messages

Encourages creativity and enjoyment of art. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No characters except the ones you draw.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, lots of tutorials. 

Violence & Scariness

The wildly popular Pokemon franchise is well-known for selling toys and other retail products, although none are advertised here.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byHeather M. July 9, 2019
Adult Written bydestinybonkers September 12, 2018

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... Continue reading

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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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
  • Subjects: Arts: drawing, painting
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
  • Price: $29.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Release date: October 24, 2014
  • Genre: Art
  • Topics: Arts and Dance
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

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