uDraw Studio

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Lets you use Wii to make art, but there's a learning curve.

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Positive Messages

The game teaches you to be artistic and creative.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are no characters here, but the game itself can be seen as a good role model, always pushing you to be creative, try new things (artistically), and be proud of your work by saving it in a gallery.

Ease of Play

It's not too difficult to learn the mechanics of the uDraw tablet, and how you can use it to create art on the Wii. The big, chunky pencil-stylus is easy to grip and use, but it's a little challenging to look at the screen while moving your hand on the tablet. That in itself is a skill that needs to be learned.

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This game comes packaged with the uDraw tablet peripheral controller for the Wii. This uDraw tablet will be necessary to play certain other Wii games as well.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that uDraw Studio is the art software that comes packaged with the new uDraw tablet controller for the Wii. The tablet can also be used to play other games, but only ones with the uDraw logo. uDraw allows you to write or draw on the tablet with a chunky stylus and watch the lines you make appear on the screen. It's an excellent way to make art on your TV, but learning to look in one place while you write or draw in another is a talent that kids may spend a lot of time learning.

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Kid, 11 years old January 18, 2011

Fun if u like to draw

It is a fun game to play when u r board, u can draw so meany things, but im not the drawing type, so if u luv drawing I highly recomend it

What's it about?

uDRAW STUDIO is a virtual art studio for the Wii, loaded with all sorts of media (paints, crayons, chalk, pens, etc.), all of which will appear and react differently in the pictures you make. The type of paper you choose will also affect the final product. And there are dozens of finishing tricks to add on as well. You can draw from scratch on a blank page or fill in one of the large selection of coloring pages that are available. You draw by using the uDraw stylus on the uDraw tablet, and the buttons of the regular old Wii remote (which tucks into the side of the tablet) are used to manipulate the menus.

Is it any good?

uDraw Studio (and the uDraw tablet in general) offers a whole slew of new artistic possibilities with the Wii. There are so many options, so many different media and materials, all of which can be mixed and matched in a countless way, that playing with uDraw Studio can't help but boost your creativity. Actually drawing or coloring with the uDraw tablet takes some getting used to, though. It's a feeling that is at once familiar (because you can hold and use the stylus just like a real pencil) and strangely foreign (because you can't look at your "paper," you need to look up at the screen). With practice, though, even younger kids should be able to get the hang of it -- and then the imaginative creations will really flow.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about art. Why is art important? Do you like to create art? To view other people's art? Do you have art in your home? What kinds of art do you like best?

  • Parents can also discuss the prevalence of new peripheral devices for video game consoles. Are all of these new devices really necessary for your family to enjoy video gaming? Do some seem worthwhile, but others seem like gimmicks?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $69.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: THQ
  • Release date: November 15, 2010
  • Genre: Art
  • ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)

For kids who love to imagine and create

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