The uDraw GameTablet is a new way for players of all ages to interact with each other and their Wiis as they explore their creative sides. A wireless tablet with a tethered stylus and a 6" x 4" drawing area, the uDraw GameTablet integrates the Wii Remote into its design, taking advantage of the controller's motion control capabilities and button scheme, as well as drawing power from it. Bundled with the drawing game uDraw Studio, players can explore a slew of drawing, coloring and sketching modes which accommodate various levels of artistic ability and then save and share their work with others. Developed by THQ, the uDraw GameTablet will also be supported by a series of upcoming games, including Pictionary, in which it serves as the drawing pad and the platformer Dood's Big Adventure, which allows for on-the-fly customization of the game environment and hero.
Create Your Play
Connect with your Nintendo Wii like never before with the uDraw GameTablet. A wireless sketch tablet with tethered stylus developed by THQ, the uDraw GameTablet allows players to draw, paint, sketch and more as it builds upon the innovative wireless functionality of the motion-sensing Wii Remote controller by integrating a removable Wii Remote (sold separately) directly into the tablet design. This integration opens up entirely new gameplay and input options by allowing the uDraw GameTablet to track your drawing movements more accurately than ever thought possible, while still allowing easy access to Wii Remote buttons. This integration also allows the tablet to draw just enough energy to power itself from the Wii Remote, meaning less batteries to change and zero battery drain when the tablet is disconnected and not in use. In addition, added sensors in the tablet make the Wii Remote respond even quicker to the slightest movement, motion, or twist of the wrist, while the interactive pen enables you to intuitively connect with your television and games utilizing pressure and tilt-sensitive technology.
uDraw Studio and More Games to Come
The uDraw Game tablet comes bundled with uDraw Studio. Through this software/accessory combination users can paint, draw, sketch and color to their heart's content utilizing nine different media options, and saving and sharing finished work via the Wii's SD card memory functionality. This combination can also be used as a teaching tool as users take advantage of Replay Mode to explore creations and art techniques on a stroke-by-stroke basis. In addition to uDraw Studio, the uDraw Game tablet will also be compatible with a continuing flow of releases. Some will be similar to the artistic bent of uDraw Studio, while others will utilize the tablets unique input capabilities into the games themselves. These include the upcoming Pictionary, which will have players using the tablet to draw clues for other players, and Dood's Big Adventure which will allow for character design and sketched customization via the tablet.
Key Game Features
- Painting - Paint or draw using over 9 different media options
- Toolbox - Change colors, brushes, or canvases with your toolbox at the flick of a button
- Coloring Book - Color in the lines or out, choosing from a variety of styles and themes
- Replay - Watch how a work of art is created stroke-by-stroke for a true learning experience
- Gallery - Peruse your latest masterpieces in an easy-to-use, organized manner; or replay and augment your creations
- Save and Share - Using an SD card, you can share your masterpieces with friends and family
Now before I get any product to review I usually check out other reviews if I can find them and the uDraw Tablet got mostly raving reviews with a few unhappy ones. One thing I did learn is apparently it is not left-handed friendly from the other reviews. Since we are all right handed that was not an issue, but if you are you might want to test it out first.
My son was the first to try it out and he is our biggest gamer in the family. He colored me a pretty picture of a dinosaur and enjoyed it although he did get a little frustrated with trying to stay in the lines with the pen and all. Navigating was a little confusing too but he kinda of just jumped into it so I am sure after some time this will not be an issue.
My daughters loved it too but they required help at times but they do with most Wii games at times. I personally have not have a chance to try the tablet out with the kids playing it and me trying to get Christmas organized but am going to try it soon. Now I really love the fact that with a SD card I can share their work or save it forever. (Note to self buy SD Card soon).
Another thing I love is that there are other games available including a Disney Princess one and Pictionary. You can see more about the uDraw games here. I will be reviewing 2 of them later so keep your eyes open for them.
You can currently purchase the uDraw Tablet where games are sold and online at Amazon.com for $ 79.99. Now this would make a perfect gift for the artistic gamer in your life. uDraw Tablets also are available now for the PS3 and Xbox so you can get it for any game system you may have.
* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes. The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.