News flash: this is the first Dr. Panda app with multi-player, co-operative play features, so you can run your own candy factory, together with up to three other friends.
TribePlay’s candy factory has three stations. Two of the stations have spit screens; and one has a pinball-like machine for four players at once, making this a good huddle-style game. After you successfully complete eight candies, you see them tasted by the Dr. Panda gang.
It’s worth noting that besides the cooking themes, there’s a lot of fiction in this app. We’ve yet to see a pinball machines used in making candy, for example.
The bottom line: after a bit of learning curve, this app is an excellent addition to a tablet that might be shared by more than one child. If you’ve liked TribePlay’s previous Dr. Panda apps, you’ll like this one as well.
Dr. Panda Candy Factory
For iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Android
For ages: 2 to 8
Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., is editor of CTREX (Children’s Technology Review Exchange), a professional subscription-only database for teachers, parents and librarians. This review of Dr. Panda Candy Factory originally appeared in CTREX (www.ctrex.us).