What is RoughAnimator?

RoughAnimator is an animation application that lets you draw things and then play them back to create animations. It has advanced drawing tools as well as some basic video tools to help you create those animations. It’s currently $1.99 in the Google Play Store.

Here’s how it works. You start with a blank palate and a bunch of controls. You can select your brush size, color, and type and start drawing. Then you hit the button to go to the next frame. You’ll see an outline of your previous drawing so you can draw over the parts that need to be the same and add new parts where necessary. Once done you can play back the entire animation. It’s quite of bit of fun to play with. Especially if you’re already into animation.

There are some more advanced controls. Like you can go frame by frame without the outline if all you need to do is color in your creations. The various brush types, colors, and sizes allow you to do charming pencil drawings or something more modern if you prefer. You can also import audio into RoughAnimator if you want your animation to have sound. It’s not totally full featured but it definitely has enough features to have fun with and there really aren’t many apps like this available.

RoughAnimator review

More powerful than it looks, very fun to use!


Allows you to create video animations.
Tools like various brushes, sizes, and colors give you a lot of control and options.
Extra stuff like audio support is a nice touch.
Has enough advanced features to be interesting and fun.


If you don't have a stylus, this app is orders of magnitude less fun.
If you don't have a tablet, this app is orders of magnitude less fun.
It's very new so there are probably bugs and issues that haven't been found yet.

Bottom Line

The difficult part of this app is that it’s impossible to test out all of its functionality inside of the refund time. Thankfully it’s only $1.99USD which isn’t that much so you shouldn’t feel overly bad if you try it and don’t like it. During testing, we didn’t see any major problems and it really was a lot of fun. If you’re interested, then click the button below to check it out.

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