uDraw Dood's Big Adventure

Common Sense Media says

Points for originality, but controls take getting used to.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game wants you to be creative and to put your own personal stamp on as many aspects of the game as possible. There's some minor cartoon violence in the game, but strategy and quick hands are much more of a focus.

Positive role models

The characters here are literally blank slates. They're nothing but empty sketched forms until you color them in and give them some personality. So while the characters aren't role models, the game can be a good one in the way it encourages you -- and even forces you -- to be creative.

Ease of play

It's not that using the uDraw tablet to control an action game doesn't work -- but it does take a lot of getting used to. The controls here are simply of a kind that you've never experienced before, so be prepared for a lengthy learning curve. There are also several different ways to move around, and some feel much better than others.

Violence & scariness

You can flick ink at enemies, blow fans at at them, or make Dood run into them at high speed. Depending on the attack, damaged enemies may first get dizzy, but eventually, when defeated, they all disappear with a pop and puff of smoke.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game cannot be played without the new uDraw tablet controller.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that uDraw Dood's Big Adventure is a creative action game that requires the uDraw tablet controller. Using the stylus-on-tablet method to make your character move around can take a lot of getting used to, but it is an interesting and different experience that kids might really enjoy. Also, kids will get to literally color in and design the characters. Know your kids: If they're the type who may be tempted to draw inappropriate things on the characters, you may want to supervise.

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What's it about?

In UDRAW DOOD'S BIG ADVENTURE, you design the look of the generic hero (as well as the villains and many scenery props) by painting on three-dimensional models in the game's \"Create\" mode. Then you take your customized \"Dood\" and use him to play through one of four different action games (all with many levels). Each game features a different control method for the uDraw tablet. In one, you draw rubber bands that slingshot Dood through the level (you can also use the stylus to flick ink drops at bad guys). In another, Dood floats in a bubble and you control a little fan that blows him in the direction you want. Another asks you to drop the stylus and use the entire tablet as a tilt-sensing controller to roll Dood around in a big marble.

Is it any good?

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Without doubt, uDraw Dood's Big Adventure is majorly innovative. It asks you to control video game characters in ways that have never been tried before -- and as such, it's an interesting and unique experience. It is, however, not as successful as some of the other games released thus far for use with the uDraw tablet. Using a stylus to control an action game is par for the course on the Nintendo DS, but there you're using the stylus directly on the screen, making direct contact with the environment your moves affect. Here, your hands are working in one place, while your eyes are focused on another, and that takes some getting used to. If you've got the patience to handle the lengthy learning curve, though, this is a fun and very original action game. Plus the creative element, which feels very much like another THQ property, Drawn to Life, is loads of fun. Even there, though, coloring on three dimensional models is a whole lot trickier than using the tablet to make a 2-D piece of art.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the uDraw table and whether they like using it as a game controller. Do you like it better for the artistic elements of the game, or the action parts? Do you like games that give you a chance to use new and different controllers and peripherals? Or do those things feel gimmicky to you?

  • Ask kids about their character designs. Why did you make the characters the way you did? Is there any meaning behind your designs? Explain your choices.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:THQ
Release date:November 15, 2010
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 4 and 7 year old Written byFlex Worthington November 18, 2010
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Good Times

I just got this game for my kids. They are enjoying it. Whenever they ask me to get them past a level. I find it hard to give the tablet back to them. Strangely addicting. I usually stick to my xbox, but I've been logging some hours on Dood with the kids. The music has this funky African vibe.
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Parent of a 7 and 8 year old Written byCarolyn Koh November 23, 2010
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8
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The kids loved seeing their creations come to life in the games.

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