Huayu Messenger is a photo sharing and messaging app for the iPhone with a new twist. In Huayu Messenger, not only do you send your friends photos and a message, you create a challenge for them in order to see the message. These challenges include jigsaw puzzles, a breakout-style game, or a pair matching game, and you set both the difficulty of the puzzle and time to solve.
When first launching the app, you will be prompted to create an account and confirm your phone number using a confirmation code sent via text message. This makes it easier for your friends and contacts to find you on the app. Once you have created your account, you can start using Huayu Messenger!
The interface for Huayu Messenger is very straightforward and gets you to your messages quickly. In the main screen, you can swipe to the right to open the menu, which gives you options to change account settings, turn on help, and to contact the support staff. Swipe back out of the menu, and you have the main interface for the app. On the left, you have messages that have been sent to you, and on the right you have messages you have sent, as well as the create a new message button at the top.
Creating a new message/puzzle is easy: click the big plus button on the top right to get started. The camera will launch, and from here you can either take a picture or select a photo from your phone. Once you have taken or selected a picture, you can crop and resize the photo how you like. Then we get to the fun part: swipe right to type out a text-based message, then swipe again to create your message puzzle.
There are plenty of options to choose from: first, select the time your recipient has to solve the message. If they don’t solve it in the allotted time, they don’t get to see your message! Below that are three different types of puzzles to choose from; jigsaw, breakout, and pairs. Jigsaw mode is just what you might imagine, a puzzle with the pieces made from the image you are sending. Breakout gives your friend a brick breaking game in order to reveal your photo. Pairs mode presents a memory matching puzzle that you friend needs to get right in order to reveal the photo.
After that, select the friends you want to send your puzzle message to, and wait for a reply!