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Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Kids' art becomes virtual furniture; best with toy.

App iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android Free to try Kids' Games
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Is It Any Good?

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This creativity app banks heavily on the magic of seeing flat designs turn into 3D objects, and does quite well. With more than 50 objects in Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer, it would take any child some time to design even one of each. The heavy laminated cards are meant to be erased and used over and over again, and they are clearly engineered to withstand a lot of play. The dry-erase markers make that possible, but it's a bit tricky to create any sort of colorful design with them, as the markers basically erase each other if colors start to overlap. Kids will certainly enjoy placing the furniture and moving the characters around the house. Also, the tie-in between the physical product and the app means that several kids can play at the same time, taking turns scanning their designs. However, there are a few features that are notably absent -- for instance, the ability to store your furniture in a library to draw from in future homes, and more interactivity between characters and their environment (e.g., they "eat" food but can't hold anything). The Quest Mode activity isn't quite as much fun as Design Mode, though it does offer another activity that kids can explore. There's a lot of replay value in this game, and artistic-minded kids will no doubt play with it over and over. The price tag is relatively steep, however; at $39.99, it would be great to see another fun mode or more interactivity overall.

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