Say cheese! Everyone smile for the imaginary camera because your little photographer is about to capture your family in a way that you never imagined. DuckieDeck Family Photo puts a twist on the “create a face” app idea by encouraging children to create portraits of their friends and family. That’s not just any face that appears on your iDevice screen. Nope, that’s you mom! Or you, grandpa! My favorite feature in the app (besides the detailed accessories which I’ll talk about in a minute) is the fact that the characters your children create can actually be grouped together in a family photo. Hey, hey! The gang is actually all here!
Changing the looks of the people in the family photos is simple. To switch between the different features, children will tap on one of several symbols at the bottom of the screen. Choices include face shape/color, eyes, nose, mouth, eyebrows, hair, accessories, shirts and more. Children can tap on the area of the character that they want to change or on an arrow on the screen that will cycle through the selections. The only feature that frustrated me was the face shape/color. There were times when the face shape would change and then times when it was the color. I couldn’t figure out if this was because of how or where I was tapping, or if it was meant to be random. Children might not be bothered by this at all, but I wanted more order or a separation of the two features. Children will most definitely have fun taking a look at all of the different options to their characters. Angry eyebrows? Check. Mischievous grin. It’s here. Wild, devil-may-care hair-do? Absolutely. Rockstar sunglasses? The only choice left is to decide which family member gets what quirky feature!
Aside from my minor quibble about the face shape/color selection the only negative thing I have to say about DuckieDeck Family Photo concerns the price. It’s a beautiful app with fantastic graphics and a stellar design, but $2.99 seems a bit high. Overall, the app is well designed and the user interface is simple enough that children will be able to pick up the app and run with it. There are no instructions which we didn’t find to be a problem, but if your child is one who likes to see demonstrations or explanations (and I do have one like this) I’d suggest you also visit the DuckieDeck website, or better yet have a go at creating your own family portrait.
We’ve had no trouble coming up with characters to put in our family photos, the tricky part has been getting the “photographers” to fess up as to who their inspirations have been. The general rule of thumb seems to be that whoever has the angriest face and the craziest hair is the one who did something unkind to the artist. Which, come to think of it makes DuckieDeck Family Photo a sort of mom’s secret weapon/family therapy tool. Bring on the all-knowing motherly smile with the disheveled hair, I’m ready for my portrait!
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.