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I think most kids go through a phase of liking to draw at some stage or another, and if your child is going through that stage at the moment, this is a DS game that may well appeal to them. I was a little skeptical at first, and wondered why I needed to pay £15 for this when pen and paper would surely do the same job, but on seeing this game in action, I realise it was well worth the money spent. Play.com presently have this game for only £11.99, and at that price I think this is a bargain buy.
Let's Draw is quite an educational game really. It shows young children how to draw various every day animals, objects and vehicles in a step-by-step manner. It's not aimed at tiny tots but I think some kids as young as three may be able to play this game, with it being suitable for kids right up to around eight years of age. Any older and I think they'll find the game a little patronising and babyish.
On the learning to draw option, kids can follow both visual instructions on the top screen, and verbal instructions at the same time, to replicate the computerised pictures. Once completed, they get to colour their items in (eg a train) using the simple colour pad that runs along the bottom of the screen. They do this free hand using the stylus, so it'll help them to learn to draw these items in real life. Once they've completed their picture, they can click play and see their picture being animated rather effectively. For example a completed train will appear chugging along the top screen on a track with some landscape behind it. They can interact a little by pressing their stylus down on the touch screen to sound the horn.
As an added bonus, there are a few mini games included on here, as well as the option to free draw and save some of your creations too. The mini games include simple colourful stylus based games like bursting balloons and car racing. I like the inclusion of these as it gives the game variety and makes it suitable as a first purchase for a youngster who is new to the DS. You could happily buy this game alone for a 3 or 4yr old getting their first secondhand DS and not need to buy anything else for a while. Older kids may have a go at these mini games too, but mostly those aged 6 and above will just want to use the drawing side of things I think.
This game has been thoroughly enjoyed by our grandson, and he's found the instructions really easy and fun to follow. He can navigate his way around the menus with ease, and he likes the big variety of drawing projects he has to choose from. This has definitely helped him to develop his drawing skills on paper by showing him how he can put basic shapes together to create all kinds of drawings, and it's encouraged him to make better use of colour and patterns too. Before he had this game, he was really struggling to draw anything recognisable - especially things like animals and dinosaurs. I highly recommend this, every DS owner aged 4-7 should have this game!
I play Nintendo DS games whenever I get a chance but most of the time I love just playing on gaming websites. I cannot draw and the basics are tricky for me. I can manage a face and a few shapes but other then that I do struggle.
I found this game and I rented it from an internet site and when it arrived it was perhaps childish for me but I love the idea behind the game. You take part in drawing items the game has on the memory. You might want to draw some animals so you pick animals as a topic and pick a particular animal.
All animals will have pictures already loaded into the game already. Once there you can then decide how you want yours to look. You are given a tutorial on each drawing so you can copy and follow suit. If you draw an animal the game might draw the face first and ask you to copy. If your happy you click continue and the body is draw next and then you copy. The idea is that you copy until you are happy.
If your not happy with a piece of drawing you have constructed you can simply delete that section and attempt the move again. Once the image is done you paint it with the selection of colours available to you and then you can save it into a scrap book you have.
You can draw shapes, animals, vehicles and much more and they are done in a simple format with a cartoon style effect aimed towards children. I feel like a child all the time so I love playing games like this and I have learnt new skills and how to draw vehicles better then ever before and faces which I used to do but without definition.
Kids will enjoy this for Christmas because it is a game they will find themselves loving I played it once for 2 hours drawing fruit and kept on playing until my strawberry was spectacular which was a long wait.
The idea you can save images into a scrap book to assess at a later date and see how far you have come is a good idea. The graphics are what they are simple and user friendly. There is nothing over the top and everything is done in easy to identify graphics.
I found the game play excellent for speed and I think the overall effect it has on the game perfect. The painting aspect is good as you can go over the lines so it adds some sort of real life element to the whole game because we all occasionally go over the lines when colouring in.
I would love to see a more up to date version perhaps with more difficult drawings to construct and take part in but overall an impressive game which would please most buyers.