Dr. Panda’s Hospital

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Puzzles, Life Skills

What we like best:

Kids feel like real veterinarians when they perform mini-game “procedures” on their cuddly wards.

What you should know:

No prompts mean kids may struggle to figure out exactly where to tap the screen at first.
Full Review:

Calling all future veterinarians and little animal lovers! Dr. Panda is on a mission to help out his animal friends—and he needs help. Dr. Panda’s Hospital is a sweet, simple app that provides engaging games and lessons all about basic anatomy and life skills.

Boasting ten medical “mini games” and eight animal patients, this app offers enough variety to keep kids engaged. The app is easy to navigate once you’ve gotten the hang of it, but doesn’t begin with a super intuitive screen—adults should help kids get started. From picking cartoon mites out of ears to cleaning animal teeth, these games also help children learn about (and understand the importance of) healthy life habits, like brushing their teeth. Caring for these cute and cuddly wards doesn’t only offer sound medical advice—kids also hone problem-solving skills and learn to empathize with the sick critters. This critical life learning combined with cheery graphics and a primary palette make this perfect for the target audience.

Once kids understand the game logistics, there’s no problem with allowing them to play solo—the game is free of pop-ups, log-ins and easy access to the app store—and the parent menu screen is locked for safe gameplay.

Reviewed 2013-01-05 on Galaxy S3 Android 4.2 by Meg Butler

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