This game will mostly be appreciated by artistic types with a creative streak and who enjoys drawing and using their imagination. It's ideal for kids and teens but as a 40 year old hardcore gamer, I got this for my kids (9 and 11), I took a look and was pleasantly surprised. It is very well conceived and in terms of concept, it's very refreshing and different.
The drawing element is fun but does have certain limitations. The tools are not that advanced but does provide enough to create interesting character designs, weapons, ships, in-game objects etc. My son got hooked in for the first time and designed a great robotic looking spaceman and a detailed raygun. I was impressed. You can zoom in whilst you're creating your designs but you have to bear in mind that some of the finer detail will be lost when inserted in the game due to reduction in size. Still, you can have a happy time getting creative.
I got carried away creating a swirly cloud, which was used in the game as a platform element (just testing the software - honest!)
One small downside is that your drawn character is presented in strict 2D fashion and as such, comes across visually like a moving cardboard cutout. You could say that it adds to the overall charm.
The game supports 2 separate profiles, each allowing for 3 different character creations in each profile. You can switch characters in the game and re-edit your designs (character or otherwise) at anytime. There is great flexibility here.
In terms of gameplay, it is your average side-scrolling platformer and shooter, i.e progress from left to right, jump on moving parts, collect/shoot things. However, whilst it is not advanced and difficult, it is fun to play and kids especially are able to enjoy the whole experience without hitting a brick wall.
There are some things to unlock and purchase and there are some hidden surprises but I don't have many details about these yet.
It's a "back to basics" approach, which made games fun and playable in the very first place.
The graphics are quite good overall. Cute, better in some places than others but overall decent.
If you are looking for a DS game, which utilises the DS in innovative ways, then this ideal. It will certainly make for a good Christmas present.