Land-a Panda

Common Sense Media says

Unite lovelorn pandas in adorable cannon-shooting puzzler.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are easy; the difficulty of the levels ramps up as you go along. Any level you find too challenging can be skipped.

Violence & scariness

If your panda hits an enemy or deadly obstacle, he'll sometimes burst into small black, white, and red pieces. Seeing the cute cartoon panda explode could be shocking for young kids. In addition, his beloved girlfriend panda will cry.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Only the first of the seven worlds is unlocked to start. Kids must complete the first world in order to unlock the next. For an in-app purchase of $1.99, kids can unlock all the worlds. Also, from the menu screen, kids can access a page of ads for more apps by the developer they can purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Land-a Panda is a cute puzzle-type arcade game with some cartoon violence. In the game, you must launch a male panda out of a series of cannons -- avoiding obstacles along the way -- in order to reunite him with his lovelorn lady panda. While many app games have you launching characters in order to destroy things, this one has you launching for love. Players can connect to the OpenFeint online community, giving them access to possible chat with strangers. OpenFeint is optional.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • gravity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy
  • hypothesis-testing

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Learning Approach

Support

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics
  • gravity

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy
  • hypothesis-testing

Kids can learn about trajectory, momentum, and gravity as they rotate and aim cannons in order to hit fixed and moving targets. Kids can also develop strategy and puzzle-solving skills by replaying the levels until they are able to collect all three coins. Land-a Panda lets kids apply real-world physics concepts in a fun, easy-to-learn game.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Players tap to launch a round cartoon panda named Yang Guang out of a series of cannons, avoiding obstacles. The goal is to collect three coins and reunite him with his panda girlfriend, Tian Tian. As players advance to more difficult levels, they encounter different styles of cannons including some that rotate, slide, fire automatically, and more. Players can replay or skip levels. Players advance through seven worlds of gameplay, each containing 20 levels.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The cute graphics alone make LAND-A PANDA almost instantly likable. Add in easy-to-learn gameplay, simple and smooth controls, and 100-plus levels of variety, and you've got yourself one heck of a great app. In your quest to reunite the two lovelorn pandas, you'll need to figure out the best path, launching your round hero from a series of cannons (all with different features -- some slide, some rotate, some allow you to aim them, some fire automatically, etc.), while avoiding spiked walls, floating ghosts, and, yes, angry birds. The cannon-launching idea may not be brand new, but Land-a Panda executes it incredibly well. The whole thing is just incredibly fun -- the kind of game that puts a smile on your face.

Families can talk about...

  • Encourage your kids to notice situations where trajectory, momentum, and gravity play out in the real world. For example, when playing catch, kids can identify the ball's trajectory.

  • Find library books that outline simple experiments your kids can set up, or take your kids to a local science museum.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free - $.99
Release date:September 29, 2012
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:15.10 MB
Publisher:Big Pixel Studios
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck March 19, 2011
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Rube Goldberg like puzzle game makes for some really great fun.

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