Right now for my first review I’ve picked a game unexpectedly for me that I would ever play but since my girlfriend is helping this is her choice.
So I started playing getting the grips of all options and menu navigation. Having some art background and a grasp of technical drawing and my girlfriend had very little, this game became noticeably harder very quickly and in my opinion was aiming to high for its target audience of a family and a young persons game. The only saving grace of this game is the cleverly designed controller that acted as a piece of paper so as you draw the game copies.
As I started there where three options of things to do; Art Camp which allowed u to play games and do other activities such as Dot To Dot, Colouring and Painting By Numbers which was as expect been an art game, the bit that I didn’t expect was the Tilt Maze and Alien Splat. The Colouring Book and Painting By Numbers was a great idea easy to pick up and do with the fill bucket allowing you quickly to bright colourful pictures with out the hassle of trying to keep in the lines. Dot To Dot however lacked greatly with the pictures ending up lopsided as it seems some dots have been missed out, but when you finished the picture and wanted to colour it in with the fill bucket the picture was badly designed that there were holes in the outline so as you clicked fill on area you wanted to colour in the whole picture became one colour, this happened on a couple of pictures we tried.
Then we went onto the Tilt Maze and the other Tilt game where we soon found out again that the difficulty was increasing far to quickly for it to become enjoyable and you soon started hating the games it put in front of you. We soon left it alone and tried out Alien Splat which wasnt the best at all it was unresponsive at times and others it still splattered the creatures either tho you were right on it.
The other category was Art Lessons which i thought would be a good idea trying to help people get into it and become better at drawing and learning techniques. Well I was soon proven wrong as it started out well learning the basics of drawing a tomato and then a teapot but soon got to a stage if you havent done art before it went to fast without the greatest of help..
An overall view of this is sadly a bad one, with so much going for it, it never lived up to what it could be. With a better slower set of instructions for the Art Lessons and a sensitivity on the pad. As i said before the look of it was brilliant a bright colourful easy laid out menu screens and easy button choice e.g press X and you get a selection of brush strokes, with all this it doesn’t come together as a game that has long playability. To me this picture shows a misrepresentation of the game unless you are already a decent artist with hours of time on your hands to pick up the controls and all its little quirks and this could be an outcome.