get it on iphone instead
( Edited 08.12.2012 10:35 by Guest )
Would it be right to say that pottery isn’t the most popular hobby around? Most likely, since it’s certainly not something that is discussed much, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun for some people and, as Cubed3 found out with iDream’s latest arrival to the eShop, Let’s Create! Pottery, it can also be pretty relaxing. This, perhaps niche title, can appeal to pottery fans or creative people in general.
Let's Create! Pottery starts out with a brief tutorial, with the budding artist being introduced to the process of making the first pot, and, thanks to simple instructions, within a minute anyone can start getting creative by moulding their own little pot using the touch screen controls. These are controls that work great, too, as they are very intuitive and allow for moulding with great precision. From there on the first pot can be sold to gather some money, which can be spent in the in-game shop. There is also an inbox, where emails regarding making pots for various people are received. This is triggered off after selling the initial creation and players are subsequently introduced to Aunt Chloe. She gets the ball rolling by asking you to make a pot for her. Make this for her and receive more money and praise, which leads to recognition and then more customers.
This is where the title gets more into 'game' territory, since there are objectives to complete. Customers will start sending emails describing what sort of pot they would like to be made. This includes a description, which is sometimes informative and even educates a little on the background of some of the more cultural inspired designs. An image is also given as a reference each time, which is very helpful. When creating the pot this image is visible so it makes it easier to design it in the right manner. It also includes a star ranking system so the pot can be precisely tweaked to the correct shape and decoration. The higher the stars go up on each, the closer it is to the right design. It really does require some accurate detail sometimes and it can’t just be thrown together quickly if wanting to make sure the customer is happy. Some pots were harder to create than others, though you never have to get it exactly perfect, but aiming for at least three-to-four stars seemed to work the majority of the time.
As progress is made by selling user-created designs at auction and following the inbox orders, it will be possible to start to gather more money to spend in the shop. Things quickly become even more creative here because the shop is full of new design materials for the pottery process. Different colours can be bought to paint the pots, along with a variety of brushes featuring cultural image designs, alternative styles of handles for the creations and textures, as well. Using a combination of them all, players can create far more unique pots and gain far more money for them in auctions. These materials are also needed sometimes for customer requested pots, so you will need to buy certain ones at times. There is no scrimping here, since there is plenty of material types to make a tonne of unique pots.
Let's Create! Pottery is a bit of a niche title, but for what it is, it has been developed perfectly for pottery enthusiasts and creative people in general. The ambient noise of birds, wind and general environmental sounds add to the whole relaxation experience and this is something that can be picked up and played perhaps during a stressful period. If anything could have been improved upon in a potential follow up it would be the ability to send the pot designs to online friends and also an offline gallery so you can store pieces of art made. That way it would be possible to look back on personalised creations and also show friends the wonders in person. It would have also been fantastic if your own brushes could have been created, for even more customisation of the images on the pots. Visually, it’s fairly simple; menus are clean and laid out well, though, and they do the job. The pots look great for the DSiWare service and have a nice roundedness to them, which is impressive considering the humble DS system's power. Overall, however, this is a title that you can go back to at any time and start creating in shorts bursts or have the option to take your time and create more of a masterpiece.
Using the stylus feels great to mould pots and works precisely well. Furthermore, painting them with colours also works great by simply dragging the stylus up and down, easily allowing for blending together. It would have been fantastic if players could draw their very own designs onto the pots, though, to add more creativity to personalised designs, but there is enough pre-made designs there for quite a lot of variety.
For the DS, especially the DSiWare service, the pots look rather nice. There are no awkward polygons to them and they look quite smooth. That said, the menus could have perhaps done with quite a bit more flare, but either way, they certainly do the job.
Not much to say here; there’s some ambient nature sounds in the background through the majority of the experience, whilst auctions will provide a different atmosphere. Cubed3 recommends playing some of your own music when working on pottery.
Lots of customers will be asking you to make pottery for them and when not focusing on the main objectives, there is the chance to go into create mode at any time and let your imagination do all the work. With quite a lot of materials at the hand, there is plenty of opportunity to create different looking pottery in each play session.
Let’s Create! Pottery is quite a niche title that will appeal to pottery makers and creative types and it’s something you can pick up and play at any time, whether it be for short or long periods. Infinite Dreams has created a rather relaxing experience, too, and on top of that you get a lot of value, since players are able to create a variety of pots. Overall, it’s a good pottery experience that could have been improved with some extra features.
get it on iphone instead
( Edited 08.12.2012 10:35 by Guest )