Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Super-fun game gets kids cooking and creating.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn some cooking basics as they choose the ingredients and kitchen appliances and tools to create the dish their restaurant customer ordered. They'll see how the foods look when chopped or sliced with a grater or chopped in a food processor. They'll learn how the foods react to different cooking methods -- pan frying, boiling in water, stir frying in a wok, or baking in an oven. They can get creative and try new combinations without fear of failure as it's all in fun -- and some goofy concoctions get appropriately goofy responses from the customers. Kids will have a blast and learn their way around the kitchen playing Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2.

Ease of Play

No directions are included, but some kitchen tools shake a bit to guide kids to use them. Cutting, slicing, and cooking are all handled with easy finger gestures.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dr. Panda's Kitchen 2 is an educational role-playing app that lets kids experiment with different kitchen tools and foods and be as creative as they want. Kids work with a variety of foods -- vegetables, fruits, pasta, sauces, spices, and meats -- and tools -- the oven, stove, wok, food processor, grater, and knife -- to create the dishes customers order. They choose which foods to include and which kitchen tools to use to prepare them. There's no wrong way and no score kept -- kids get to experiment and have fun and then see the reactions of their customers when they eat the dish -- complete with garlic-y belches from garlic-heavy dishes to smoking faces from extra spicy dishes. Parents can also choose vegetarian mode in settings. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Dr. Panda's Restaurant 2 is a casual waterfront restaurant that customers reach in a boat. Kids serve as Dr. Panda, taking customer's orders and preparing their dishes in the kitchen. The orders repeat -- pizza, a stir fry dish, pasta, salad, and soup, but kids get to choose what to put in and how to prepare it and then serve it to their customers who eat it and respond with what they liked and what they didn't -- including some fun expressions, especially with spicy dishes.

Is it any good?

No score and no directions really give kids the freedom to be as creative -- and as silly -- as they want in filling their customer's orders. Kids are in control of the kitchen, from choosing the foods to include in the requested dish to deciding how to prepare. And the food appears in the dish just the way they prepared it. If they add whole unsliced veggies to the salad, the customer gets a plate of whole veggies. The 3-D animated characters are adorable, and their reactions give kids feedback on the dishes -- a gentle shake of the head from Panda lets them know they've added too much of a particular spice and the diners respond with pleasure or dislike with their vocal expressions and thought bubbles over their heads. The detail is impressive. The pasta floats to the top as it boils. The fish browns as it is cooked. The eggs scramble up when cooked if they are whisked through the food processor before cooking; otherwise, they fry up in the pan or are boiled in the water. Some more food options would add to the fun, but with the variety of ingredients and plethora of kitchen tools and ways to prepare the foods, kids have lots of options.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Let kids help in the kitchen. Even preschoolers can wash veggies, peel carrots with a peeler, and tear lettuce. Add responsibility as kids get older.

  • Talk about any of the foods featured that kids may want to try and choose them together at the market.

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