A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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