Puffle Launch

 

Learning(i)

Club Penguin pets make for fun app, even for nonmembers.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Easy to use, but for kids who play the same game on the Club Penguin website it may take a while to get used to controlling the app with their fingers instead of computer arrow keys. If more than one kid plays on this app, they need to remember to log in and out for coins to post to the right penguin.

Violence & scariness

The little puffles do get launched across the sky and sometimes fall into the water, but they have helmets on and aren't hurt when they fall.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The entire app is a de facto ad for the larger Club Penguin site, and the information screen encourages kids to "Play clubpenguin.com" and "Be part of the adventure!" If your kid doesn't have a penguin on Club Penguin, you can't transfer the coins earned on the app to buy stuff for the penguin on the website. A "Create a Penguin" tab allows kids to create a penguin via the app (with a parent's approval). Kids who are on Club Penguin get more features, including puffle options, with a paid membership. The app also includes the Disney logo and website URL, but it does not actually link to the site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No issues on the puffle app itself, but if your kid wants to create a penguin on the website to transfer coins earned on the app, read the Club Penguin privacy and safety concerns. Unlike most apps, Puffle Launch offers easy access to the terms of service and privacy policy from within the app (it's in the credits section).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Puffle Launch brings a favorite game from the Club Penguin website to mobile devices. The app mirrors the website's Puffle Launch game, in which kids aim and blast a puffle through scenes to unlock new levels and earn coins. The coins kids earn on the app are transferred to their Club Penguin accounts, if they have an account (or make one from the app). There are 24 levels of play and three different modes. More than one kid can play on this app and have the coins transferred to different penguin accounts.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics
  • gravity
  • momentum

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • decision-making
  • deduction

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It's fun for kids to tap the little helmet-clad puffle to launch it through a series of rings and cannons, moving up through more than 70 levels.

Learning Approach

While Puffle Launch is a decidedly more for entertainment than learning, kids can learn some basic concepts about momentum, gravity, and motion through gameplay, and can practice thinking strategically.

Support

Points earned are transferred to kids' Club Penguin accounts. Kids who are paying members of Club Penguin get more features in general. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion
  • physics
  • gravity
  • momentum

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • decision-making
  • deduction

While Puffle Launch is decidedly more for entertainment than education, kids can tangentially learn some basic concepts about momentum, gravity, and motion through the gameplay. Kids can also practice thinking strategically and making decisions as they quickly choose when to tap in order to time their puffle's landing into the next cannon. With quick thinking and precise timing, kids earn points and move to the next level. Puffle Launch is a fun, fast-paced game that helps kids learn a few physics concepts, too.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids tap the little helmet-clad puffle to launch him through a series of rings and cannons. Players must dodge obstacles and move the puffle to the end of each of the 60 levels without causing him to crash into the water below. There are three modes: Turbo, Time-trial, and Slo-Mo. As kids play, points they earn are transferred to their Club Penguin website account; if multiple kids play on the same device, they should make sure they are logged into their own account.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PUFFLE LAUNCH is a cute point and launch game that will likely delight kids already familiar with Club Penguin, and it may make new fans out of kids not yet introduced to these penguin pets on the popular Disney virtual world site. Besides launching the adorable puffles across colorful scenes and avoiding falling into the water, a favorite feature of this app for Club Penguin fans will likely be the ability to earn coins that are transferred to kids' accounts on the companion website to buy stuff for their penguins. For kids who are used to playing this game on the website and using keyboard arrow keys, switching to swiping the mobile screen to aim the puffle may be tricky at first.

Families can talk about...

  • Use "if...then" sentences with your kids as they play the game to help them think about patterns in the actions. "If you tap now, then what happens?"

  • For some math practice, ask your kids how many points they've added to their Club Penguin account by playing Puffle Launch.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:March 8, 2012
Category:Kids Games
Size:25.80 MB
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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