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Artie's Magic Pencil - Android Version

Artie's Magic Pencil - Android Version
by Minilab Ltd

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Android

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.1

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Best for: Crafts, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What is it and what do you do with it: interactive adventure story with about 25 mini-scenes.

Help Artie to rebuild his world with a magic pencil: connect the dots and trace over the lines to form basic shapes to recreate houses, trees and vehicles destroyed by a monster.

What we liked: the concept. Fun simple story with interactive elements complementing the storyline. Simple illustrations and animations. Fun characters. Ease of use. Good for developing fine motor and graphic skills. No ads or other distracting features. Downloadable worksheets.

What we didn't like: we wish there was more creative freedom (you can only trace over ready-made shapes). No narration.

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Artie's Magic Pencil

Artie's Magic Pencil
by Minilab Ltd

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 88/100

version reviewed: 2.1

reviewed:


Best for: Crafts, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What is it and what do you do with it: interactive adventure story with about 25 mini-scenes.

Help Artie to rebuild his world with a magic pencil: connect the dots and trace over the lines to form basic shapes to recreate houses, trees and vehicles destroyed by a monster.

What we liked: the concept. Fun simple story with interactive elements complementing the storyline. Simple illustrations and animations. Fun characters. Ease of use. Good for developing fine motor and graphic skills. No ads or other distracting features. Downloadable worksheets.

What we didn't like: we wish there was more creative freedom (you can only trace over ready-made shapes). No narration.

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DogBiscuit - A drawing book for fingerpainting - Android

DogBiscuit - A drawing book for fingerpainting - Android
by Tivola Publishing GmbH

Price: free
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Android

Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Crafts, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is: help DogBiscuit create his worlds by completing various drawings (e.g. trees, sheds, tractors in the Orchard scene).

After all objects are drawn, guide DogBiscuit around the scene and help him discover hidden interactions (e.g. make him water plant seed and see what happens).

What we liked:the concept. 3 different 'worlds' to create and explore (Orchard, Beach and Outer Space). Lots of extra features (animations, costume customization etc). Good for developing creativity and story making skills. Very easy to use (has visual guides and hints). Fun main character. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more drawing tools (e.g. different tip sizes).

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DogBiscuit - A drawing book for fingerpainting

DogBiscuit - A drawing book for fingerpainting
by Tivola Publishing GmbH

Price: 2.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 86/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Crafts, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction

What it is: help DogBiscuit create his worlds by completing various drawings (e.g. trees, sheds, tractors in the Orchard scene).

After all objects are drawn, guide DogBiscuit around the scene and help him discover hidden interactions (e.g. make him water plant seed and see what happens).

What we liked:the concept. 3 different 'worlds' to create and explore (Orchard, Beach and Outer Space). Lots of extra features (animations, costume customization etc). Good for developing creativity and story making skills. Very easy to use (has visual guides and hints). Fun main character. No ads or other distracting features.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more drawing tools (e.g. different tip sizes).

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Gocco Doodle - KidsPaint&Share - Android Version

Gocco Doodle - KidsPaint&Share - Android Version
by SMARTEDUCATION,LTD

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Android

Overall Score: 84/100

version reviewed: 1.2

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What it is/what you do with it: a drawing/animation app with about 40 drawing scenes + blank canvas.

Complete a scene using simple painting tools (including static and animated brush strokes). After the scene is finish you can replay the 'doodling' process as a simple animation. Created pictures can be shared with other users.

What we liked: the concept. Good number and variety of drawing scenes. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive. A bit limited toolset.

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Gocco Doodle - KidsPaint&Share

Gocco Doodle - KidsPaint&Share
by SMARTEDUCATION,LTD

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Android

Overall Score: 84/100

version reviewed: 2.7

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Best for: Crafts, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Eye-hand coordination

What it is/what you do with it: a drawing/animation app with about 40 drawing scenes + blank canvas.

Complete a scene using simple painting tools (including static and animated brush strokes). After the scene is finish you can replay the 'doodling' process as a simple animation. Created pictures can be shared with other users.

What we liked: the concept. Good number and variety of drawing scenes. Humor and fun factor. Ease of use.

What we didn't like: navigation could be more intuitive. A bit limited toolset.

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