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99 of 119 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2013
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I see that there are many Dr. Panda games and they are apparently dearly loved by many. Being new to them I'm seeing some really good stuff here with some unwelcome demands for ratings and unguarded links to the internet (Facebook, Amazon website, more games by TribePlay) mixed in.
Note: If you don't care about the annoying things, feel free to skip down to my "Review of the Actual Game" section.

The Good: There's a Child Lock on the game. If you select the "For Parents" icon you're told to tap a picture of a lock 4 times(# varies) to continue. That's good. You'd think so wouldn't you.

The Bad: Next, on a nicely laid out full screen with sweet, sweet music playing in the background I see: (ugh)
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1. Like our game? Please, give us a review! REVIEW US
2. Subscribe to our newsletter and stay tuned! SUBSCRIBE
3. Show promotions screen ON

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I press "X" to close the screen without doing anything and I can play the game. When I leave the game it continues to run in the background. I force close it. When I restart it I see the same screen (as above) again.
My interpretation: "You Shall Not Pass"--quote from Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Fellowship of the Ring".

Frustrated, I now hand it to my granddaughter who just woke up. I'm curious to see what she will do from here while I finish making lunches for morning. When I return she is giggling and I sit down to see what's up. She's watching a really cute Japanese YouTube video, "The Sushis! Mawaru Rumba" and singing along with it. The Good: Nice, I think she's learning Japanese! The Bad: She's now roaming free on the internet. So much for the CHILD LOCK on this game(See UPDATE below).

So I decide to continue testing out the app. I now get a message "Give us a 5-star rating! Having fun with Dr. Panda? Rate us 5 stars! Options: Rate it 5 star, Remind Me Later, Dismiss". I choose "Dismiss" and now I'm back to that screen (see above) again--"You Shall Not Pass"! Wow, they really mean it!

Review of the Actual Game:
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Anyway, now to get to the actual game. If you look at all these Dr. Panda games you can see why they get such good reviews and this one is no different. The graphics are top notch, there's goofy looking cartoon characters, the music is catchy without being distracting or annoying, and the game runs smoothly with no bugs or problems I have found.

There's a really good variety of things to do in the game. Within the theme of an airport there is a simplified find the hidden objects, matching like items, number/letter/shape recognition, hand eye coordination, maze puzzles, how to use a pay telephone that uses coins and more. You even learn how to form a queue. Success is rewarded with cheers by the crowd and a rain of pretty colored falling stars. This game is good enough that even I was entertained by it all. The only confusing thing to me is why I kept, quite often seeing an airplane taking off on the runway. Silly adult that I am, I kept trying to make it do something until I realized that it just meant the game was loading and switching screens. (obviously I have never played a Dr. Panda game)

The game is fairly intuitive but very young kids will probably need some help. For example, you see words like "Departures" and "Baggage Claims" and even I had to wonder what you're supposed to do next. The answer is simple. You just touch the any character and it leads you into the next game. Confusing for an adult but probably a no-brainer for many kids. I'd say the target age group here is probably around 5 years old since logic/reasoning and letter/number association is involved.

I could nitpick and say some things are not quite right like, for example, when you use the telephone you enter an 8-digit number (instead of a typical 7-digit local phone number. I think China has 8-digit phone numbers). And have kids ever even seen a pay telephone let alone one that uses coins, do they even exist--just kidding(sort of). I'm sure they do exist and an airport might be just the place to find one. When you go through airport security some of the items that I saw passengers stopped for were cigarette lighters, a men's electric razor and a razor that uses blades. I guess this is OK for kids considering the world we live in; at least there were no knives or guns. You decide.

So yes, overall a very fun and polished game that promotes learning for kids, isn't too difficult, and doesn't require Wi-Fi. This app really eats away at your battery though, but just make sure to force close the game(at least on a Kindle Fire HD) when you're done or your device will be dead by morning. Dr. Panda fans should not be disappointed with this game, especially with it being free today.

UPDATE 8/29 at 3 PM: After reading a somewhat conflicting review posted after mine by Thomas Recely, I went back today and looked at the game again. What I thought was a Child Lock is actually sort of a Parent Trap(and that's a good thing). At the beginning of the game you see what look like 3 icons to choose from. The first is a round icon with a footprint on it, the second is a rectangular icon that says "For Parents" and the third is a round Airplane icon in the middle of the screen. If you select the footprint icon it does nothing(purely decorative, part of the scenery). If you choose the "For Parents" icon you DO get stuck in the review, subscribe, promotions, facebook screens as I explained above. If I had selected the big Airplane icon (which I thought was also just decorative, duh!) I would have been able to play the game without interruption.

If you just ignore the "For Parents" icon you won't be nagged for reviews or anything else. If kids just tap the round Airplane icon(<--CORRECT CHOICE), they can start the game themselves, play quite safely, and not get access to the internet(or YouTube). Sorry for any confusion.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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This game has been great for my 4 year old. He can do all the games and the characters are cute. We got this as the "free app of the day", but we would have paid money for it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2013
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another great Panda game. there is more to do and it teaches numbers and letters also. and for older kids too..highly recommended
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2013
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My 4 year old son loves this game. It teaches him letters and mazes as well as recognizing letters. My one year old daughter also loves it but doesn't know how to play it like my son.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2013
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The game is cute but repetitive. It is only for kids, very young kids. There are also not a lot of instructions so figuring out what to do is difficult.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
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You will laugh as you watch your child learn so fast and easily with any of the apps from Dr. Panda. My 2 year old loves them all and price is so cheap for the time your child will spend playing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2013
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My boyfriends little 5yr old girl loves this game! I'm always looking for a simple kids game that will keep her interest and
she really loves this game. There's always something for her to do on this game...even the little mini games keep her interest.
She never gets bored with this game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
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I have to admit, these guys make great kid apps. My girls ages 5 and 10 got this game and did not let go of the tablets for a couple of hours. Nice when you have a long trip. Intuitive and great little graphics. Good job once again!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
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This was ordered for my Disable child, it helps her, to play with the plain and understand what happens in a airport. I do recommend this to your children. thank you Mrs. Lopez
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
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Great images. Cute idea but my daughter who doesn't usually have trouble walking through a new game seems unsure of what to do next...and yes we've been to a few airports.
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