FlipNote Studio Review
Guest Post By Jamie
Review #3! This is FlipNote Studio. It was released a few months ago in Japan, but Europe and America got it a few days ago. Let’s review!
FlipNote Studio was released on August 14th in Europe August 13th in America. I’ve had time to play it for about 8 hours solid now, and have made about 20 animations that don’t suck. Yeah, that’s what FlipNote studio is all about. Animating.
On the Home Screen, you are greeted with Several Options:
- View FlipNote
- latest FlipNote (The Frog)
- Create FlipNote
- FlipNote Hatena (The online FlipNote sharing service.)
There is also a Calendar that displays recently created FlipNote’s, A few options and a Help menu.
Anyway, you make animations by drawing, or editing, each frame. You can set it to automatically copy the previous frame, which is nice, because it means you dont have to keep drawing every frame.
While creating a FlipNote, the D-Pad does several things; Up takes you to the menu, down plays your FlipNote, Right takes you to the next frame (if there isn’t one, it makes one), and left takes you back a frame. You can also access the menu by tapping the little frog in the bottom-left of the touch screen.
You draw the frame on the touch screen, using the stylus. I’ve tried drawing with my finger, but what it came out with wasn’t pretty. At all. By going into the menu, you get loads of options; Draw, Paint, Erase, Record Sound, Import a Photo, Change Playback Speed, Play, Forward, Send to a Friend, Save and Erase everyhting on the current frame. You can choose the colour of the pen (even though there is only Red, Black and Blue), and tweak a few options here. I won’t go too in-depth though.
I don’t really feel the need to make you click a link to carry on reading this review, since it’s not going to be the biggest review ever. So carry on reading now, you just as well. You can see some of my animations too then.
FlipNote Hatena is the online service that allows you to Upload, Download and Watch other people’s FlipNote’s. It’s very comprehensive, since it catalogues near enough 100,000 FlipNotes. You can download all of them, and, unless the creator specified otherwise, edit all of them. It loads fast too, and plays the animations with hardly any buffering time. And some of them are really good. And I mean REALLY. As in proffesional animator good.
Graphics: 7/10 – Inuitive, clever and funky.
Gameplay: 8/10 –Smart, and everything is where it should be.
Fun Level: 10/10 – Hours of fun, since you can play your own games with friends
Play-a-bility: 10/10 – Easily playable by anyone
Now let’s see 2 animations I made:
See, this is the best bit about it. You can export an animation as a GIF, and upload it to your computer, email it to your friends, and even put it on your phone. :O
(The next review is ArtStyle:PicoPict – Check it out next Monday!)