What kid doesn’t like candy? Now with Dr. Panda Candy Factory kids can have fun mixing and creating their own candy! This app really taps into your child’s creativity as they mix, stamp and decorate their way to a plate full of delicious treats to feed to some adorable animal characters.
To start the game, your child can choose one of three factories to visit. Once inside the factory, they have to push the green button to start the candy-making process. They have to push another button to send the candy up a plastic tube and over to various stations where they can embellish and flavor their candy creations. Once their candy is done to their satisfaction, they send it back out to the conveyor belt and continue the process until the belt is filled with sweet concoctions. At that point, the candies get sent out of the factory and into the candy store where they are placed on plates in front of hungry customers. The kids can feed the candies to the customers and watch their reactions as they taste each one. Sometimes they love them and the customers gobble them up, other times they don’t like them and the make some pretty hilarious faces to express their dislike! Either way, this game is pretty darn fun!
I liked Dr. Panda Candy Factory for two main reasons: first, it is a great tool to allow children to create! They can mix up their own colors, flavors, and decorations which is really quite fun. Second, I think it does a good job of teaching young children how to follow a step-by-step process to get something done. The one thing I didn’t like about this app is that even though there are 3 different factories, there really wasn’t much variety between each one. Creating a bunch of candies got a bit tedious even for me, and my children got a little bored after doing about 4 or 5 in each factory. I think that if there were maybe a few more interactive elements or some sort of challenge involved to keep kids a bit more engaged, then the app would be more successful. Also, in iTunes, it says that this app can be played alone or cooperatively with a parent or friend but I could not figure out how to do that. It wasn’t immediately clear to me how to do it which was a bit frustrating.
However, even with it being a bit too repetitive and not knowing how to play cooperatively, I still feel like this is a quality app that kids will have fun with. The graphics are bright and colorful and the idea behind it will appeal to children from preschool on up. It is definitely worth checking out!