Sketchy -- Aaron Tait's new-fangled version of the classic etch-a-sketch -- is just like the original. Two large white nobs control a tiny bead as it draws lines across the screen all rolled up in a familiar red package. For some it's just another artistic medium. For me it's an exercise in futility as I try to remember if I turn left or right to make a square. Of course, futility can be a lot of fun.
Last night I tested Sketchy with my friend and his 11-year-old son. We all had a good time passing around the iPhone making doodles, laughing and then shaking the phone to erase the drawings. Sketchy is a great group toy because adults and kids can both enjoy it. Adults love the trip down memory lane and for kids ... well, remember the fun you had with this classic toy?
The nobs are very responsive, although in a few cases a bit overly sensitive. It helps to glide one finger slowly when "turning" the nob. In most cases, it wasn't any different than using a real etch-a-sketch. It takes a bit of practice to move past the stage of Coordination Frustration. But once you get going, it's tons of fun.
** Editor's Note: Sketchy has been removed from the app store.