What parents need to know
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'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?
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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|Subjects:||Science: gravity, momentum, motion, physics|
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, strategy|
|Release date:||March 8, 2012|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.1 and up|