Dr. Panda Farm

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Mini-games follow fresh food items from farm to screen.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about what it takes to make or produce some fresh food items using basic organizational and problem-solving skills to fulfill customers' wishes. Dr. Panda Farm presents kids with a sweetly simplified idea of what it takes to get good food from the ground to the store shelves.

Ease of Play

It's not always obvious what kids are supposed to do, and tap zones also aren't always responsive.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language

In one game, cows poop -- a lot.

Consumerism

A small icon on the home page advertises apps from the same developer, though it can be turned off in the app's settings menu. A parent gate stands in front of any actual purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda Farm brings kids from the country store out to the farm to follow food as it's produced. Unlike many of the other apps in the Dr. Panda series, this one is not about open-ended free play. Each game has a distinct set of steps kids need to follow, but there are no instructions, and since it may be hard for kids to figure out what they're supposed to do, parents may want to be available to help. For quieter play, parents can turn the music and/or sound effects off in the settings menu. Also, be aware that the cows in the game poop a lot, and kids will surely find it hilarious. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Kids help out on DR. PANDA FARM, producing farm-fresh foodstuffs such as eggs, honey, salad, milk, and bread for customers at the farm store. Visit farm areas to do things like pick fruit from the trees, mash it up, boil it, and fill up jar after jar. Or water wheat, harvest it, put it through the mill to make flour, roll out the dough, and stick it in the oven. Produce five foodstuffs, and Dr. Panda whisks everything off to the farmer's market. Fill up customers' baskets by reading their thought bubbles, and earn points to unlock new areas of the farm.

Is it any good?

This digital farm is brimming with charm and attempts to let kids experience food production without getting dirty or waking up at the crack of dawn. Understanding where food comes from is an important aspect to kids' health and community awareness, so it's really neat to follow the process from the beginning to the final product in the store. Though kids must complete several steps along the way toward producing each item, the game does oversimplify what it takes to make jam or collect and jar honey, and kids may find it frustrating that it can take some trial and error to figure out exactly what they're supposed to do in each game. Some kids -- especially younger ones -- may not have the patience to collect 20 eggs or make five salads in an effort to satisfy customers' requests. Overall, however, the graphics are fun, the games give a good general sense of farm practices, and kids can enjoy running the farmer's market.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how different food items arrive on the shelf in the stores. Did you realize there was so much work behind making a jar of jam? Think about some other favorite food items and trace back through their origins. Compare fresh items made from original food sources with those made in laboratories.

  • Visit a farm or farmer's market. See first-hand how a cow gets milked. Or taste a freshly picked peach. Talk to the farmers or store workers about the part they play in bringing your food to you.

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