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What 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'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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Science: gravity, momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, solving puzzles, strategy
- 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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