Dr. Panda Racers

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
Dr. Panda Racers App Poster Image
Racing fun is just the beginning in creative design game.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn spatial-reasoning skills and use creativity as they draw the racetrack, design the car, and then see them in play. Mostly, though, it's a fun role-play for kids, letting them pretend to be a race car driver who sometimes wins and sometimes loses the race. 

Ease of Play

Process for designing tracks and cars is fairly intuitive, but driving and navigating the cars isn't entirely clear at first.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Promotion of other apps can be disabled in parent settings.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda Racers is a preschool-friendly car-design and -racing game. Play isn't as much about guiding or driving the car as it is designing the car, choosing a driver, washing the car, and creating the track. No crashes or obstacles hinder the races, which are pretty brief to fit with short attention spans. Character selections are animals in boy, girl, and non-specific genders. Options in the parent section allow for turning off music, sounds, and the promotion screen as well as options to connect via social media or subscribe to the newsletter. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's it about?

As kids enter DR. PANDA RACERS, they choose a character, build a vehicle from provided parts, and wash the car. Before race time, kids buckle up the character and control the speed. The car guides itself, with kids directing a few jumps and spins past obstacles. Before racing again, kids can design their own track, change their character, or redesign the car if they want. Visual on-screen guides help kids figure out how to play.

Is it any good?

This sweet racing game is more about creativity than speed. Kids design their car, piece by piece, create the race track and add obstacles, and choose their racer. The race itself is quick but fun, and kids can see the time it took to complete the track. There's no scary danger, but characters do pout a bit if they don't win the race. Details such as buckling the seat belt before a race make it even more preschool-friendly. The biggest downside is that the controls can be tricky, especially if kids want to control the speed and honk the horn. Also, slightly older kids may expect to control the car, but they can only control the speed and swipe when prompted to control tricks. Having the option to steer would be great for kids who are ready for that level of fine motor control, as would more interaction with creating or fixing the car. Overall, however, it gives little kids some fun opportunities to see their creations in action.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk being safe while driving. The characters in the app make sure their seatbelts are fastened, and we do the same thing. Why? What else do we do -- and not do -- to drive safely?

  • Talk to kids about their track and car design. Why did they make the choices they did? What will they do next?

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love car and preschool apps

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate