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When my younger sister saw uDraw advertised on the TV she took an immediate shine to it and decided she wanted one. At the time it was on offer in Asda for £40 (£36 with my employee 10% discount) which I didn't think was too expensive thus brought it for her birthday. I couldn't help but notice how similar it was to a drawing tablet I had as a child which I connected to the TV but I assumed, given technology has come along way since the 90's, that this would offer something more and better. I was wrong. This was pretty much exactly the same as the tablet I had in the 90's.
It was easy enough to connect up to the wii, simply slip in your wii remote to the side of the tablet and then use the tablet and attached pen to move the cursor on the screen rather than the wii remote. I did find that a little difficult personally, the cursor was quite hard to control using a very chunky and thick pen on a plastic board about half the size of an A4 piece of paper!
When the game had loaded up it gave you the option to either colour a pre-drawn and designed picture or start with a blank screen and create an imagine completely by scratch. By selecting the first option you're simply turning your TV into a colouring book. There were a good few options to choice from, flowers, animals, scenery etc. Nothing out of the ordinary but still a good selection to choose from.
There are a number of different brushes to use and colours to create but I personally found it a little difficult to keep swapping and changing to get the desired effect and my sister had no chance in working this out nor do I think many children this game is aimed at would.
Udraw is pretty much 'paint' which has been on Windows computers for years for your Wii console. It doesn't offer anything new or different and is rather difficult to use. I wouldn't recommend this product at all. My sister had this for two days before she decided to put it on ebay and have the money it sold for instead.
When the grandson first started seeing the television adverts for Wii U-Draw, he was desperate to have one. We thought it was a pretty expensive piece of kit with an original retail price of £49.99, so we insisted the grandson save up for one himself if he wanted it that badly. Obviously we did our best to help him on his way, but he did have to pay for it himself (even if we did suddenly start giving him £5 cash incentives for things he'd normally have just got a £1.50 comic for!). Please note that the U-Draw is now retailing for slightly less on Amazon, with a price tag of £39.99. I think it will continue to come down in price in the coming months but that's just my personal opinion.
When the item arrived, the grandson was really excited initially. I felt a little disappointed to find that the item is so very small (about the size of an A5 sheet of paper). I'd been imagining something more along the lines of the old drawing tablets you used to connect to the TV back in the 90s, and didn't think a tablet this small allowed much space for the user to draw on.
Getting the item connected was easy enough, I just had to plug in the Wiimote and slot it into the space allowed for it in the U-Draw tablet. It sits comfortably inside, though to get the wires and wrist strap to sit neatly, it takes a certain amount of jiggling around initially. From there, you pick up the attached chunky stylus, and can use this to select your options on screen instead of aiming and clicking with the Wiimote as you usually would.
The game included, U Draw Studio, is basically like the free Paintbrush application you get with most PCs, and have done since the 1990s. There are few different paper styles to choose from which you can draw on, but to be totally frank, that doesn't add much if any appeal to the unit as a whole. There are a few different brush styles, colours and patterns to choose from as you'd expect. And then that's about it.
For £50, what we basically bought was an adaptor so that the grandson can draw on the TV. Hang on, couldn't he already do that on the computer? Or cheaper still - a piece of paper? I can't for the life of me understand all the five star reviews on other sites about this unit. For £50 I think it's just not good enough.
There's other, better technology out there - as previously utilised by VTech and similar companies some fifteen years ago already. Nintendo have been lazy in simply adapting existing to work on a Wii, without offering anything really new or exciting for the next generation to enjoy on their modern console. For the price, I expected a bigger drawing tablet (to allow for larger pictures to be created), many more drawing and colour options, and perhaps a few mini games too. If this had of been a DS game, it would have most certainly had some mini games on it!
The grandson's played his 'Let's Draw' DS game on many occassions, and that cost only around £15. It came with the capability to bring his pictures to life, teach him how to draw some new things, and offered him some interesting little mini games to play too. The U-Draw is a joke by comparison. It cost us £50, now selling for £40, and it simply allows the grandson to draw basic pictures on the TV and nothing else besides. He used it twice during the first two days after it arrived, and hasn't touched it in the three months since. Get yourself a cheaper DS game like 'Let's Draw' or 'Art Academy', boot up your PC and click on 'Paintbrush' - or just pull out a pen and paper. Do anything but waste your money on this!