Puffle Launch is an arcade Android app aimed squarely at children. You control a Puffle, a small ball-like creature from Disney’s online realm Club Penguin, which you have to fire across each frozen landscape and into a flaming ring at the end of the level. It’s easy to grasp and almost as simple to play, a decent download for a long car journey with some restless younglings.
Puffin Launch isn’t the most ambitious of apps. There’s no real mechanism for failure across its slender 24 levels and not much to do other than transport your Puffle from A to B. Each stage has a number of Puffle Os scattered across its landscape and there’s also a cranky crab you can defeat if the fancy takes you but this is all entirely optional. Truth be told, we thought the cranky crab was a friendly creature until after we’d stopped playing the app and done some research for this review.
It’s likely such additions are more for the benefit of adult Android owners than their children however, so we’ll quit our whining and explain how the controls work shall we?
Like the immense barrel run levels from Donkey Kong Country, your success in Puffle Launch is more dependent on good timing than precisely determined directions for your Puffle. Firing yourself from cannon to cannon only requires a single tap, although you will occasionally need to guide your Puffle while he’s in the air by pressing down on the left or right sides of your touchscreen. This made for a pretty effortless experience for us but it’ll probably be a little harder for the younglings.
All in all, Puffle Launch is an untaxing affair for adults although kids will quickly engage with its classic concept and intuitive gameplay. Just think of this download as 69p well spent on piece of quiet rather than something for yourself.
The Bottom Line
Perfect for kids, not so essential for adults.
Version reviewed 1.0.1
Requires Android 2.1 or higher