Many apps have made a good use of the iPad’s multitouch and accelerometer features. Yet, only a few have considered utilizing the iPad’s microphone in the gameplay.
My app pick for today is a brand new app from Duckie Deck, called Huff n’ Puff. This unique app uses the iPad/iPhone’s microphone as its primary input method.
Huff n’ Puff
The app has an intuitive gameplay. It simply shows one object at a time, and you can speak or blow into the microphone to interact with the object. For example, in the first screen, you can blow a gust of wind to fly a flag. The stronger your puff, the stronger the wind.
It is notable that the microphone is a bit sensitive; any nearby conversation or noises will be captured and counted as an input. The app will then convert that input into animations. For example, you can blow playing cards or a stack of paper off the screen, or turn off a set of birthday candles.
Once you’re done playing with an object, tap the black bug on the bottom right to move on. There are 25 objects to interact with, including whistle, cherry tree, wind chimes, trumpet, balloon, paper plane, feather, and dandelion.
Parents Need to Know
Huff n’ Puff lets juniors experiment with different ways to interact with objects. After playing with the app, I’d argue that they will want to try blow air into things in real world. They will also learn about the physical effects of wind and air as a result.
The gameplay is intuitive enough for juniors ages 2+ to enjoy on their own. In absence of any instruction text and narration, the app uses visual cues to inform juniors on how to navigate the app.
Things I Like
The gameplay is unique. The graphics are colorful. The sound effects, animations, and transitions are fun, even for adults. My two-year-old Noah loves interacting with the app and watching how the objects react to his puffs.
The app is responsive to the intensity of one’s input. The stronger you blow a paper plane, the faster it will fly. Noah loves to watch how a feather would lift off and zoom in closer to the iPad screen.
Finally, the app also includes contextual sound effects for each object. For example, the whistle, wind chimes, and trumpet each have a unique sound. This makes the app more interesting.
Huff n’ Puff is a fun game for young juniors ages 2+. Its gameplay is intuitive enough for them to enjoy on their own, and I’d argue that blowing or speaking is easier to perform than swiping. It might be a good idea to install the app on your iPhone too.
App was provided for our honest review.
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