Panda Picnic

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Gambling focus belies match-3's kid-friendly look.

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Ease of Play

The game is very easy to grasp, blending a slot machine with the familiar match-three game mechanic.


The app features in-app advertising via iAds that can be turned off with a 99-cent in-app purchase. A store also allows players to buy coins for amounts ranging from 99 cents to $35.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Panda Picnic is a game whose animations and music make it seem very child oriented, but is loaded with gambling references and requires Facebook for any sort of meaningful play. Players spend virtual coins on a slot machine to find three fruits, which they must match with others at the top of the page -- and young children won't realize that when the coins are gone, they'll be steered to spend real-world money to buy extras. Additionally, the demand for players to log into Facebook to find opponents raises privacy concerns. The game may look like it's for kids, but parents should steer them away from it. 

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Kid, 11 years old November 11, 2013


by the esrb rating, Panda Picnic should rated AO for adults only,this concluding gambling silmulor to Peak Entertainment Casinos and looks like its for kids and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byHeretohelp26 November 7, 2012

Turn off in app purchases

Just turn off "In-App-Purchases" in you're settings before you let you're child get this app.

Is it any good?

The match-three genre is a tired one, but you have to give the developers of PANDA PICNIC credit for finding a way to make it fun once again. By blending the random elements of a slot machine with the "match three of the same fruits" objective, and making it into a multiplayer experience, they've created something unique enough to turn heads.

The demand to log into Facebook, though, is very intrusive and for an app that simulates gambling, the app is very curiously (and obviously) tailored to children. From the music, to the graphics, to the name of the panda who sits at the top of the screen (Petey the Panda), it's a page out of the "how to appeal to children" handbook. Adults will have fun with it, but there are a lot of lurking bad lessons and habits for kids. 

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For kids who love arcade games and puzzles

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