We’ve come to associate Dr. Panda apps with fun, and their latest release is no exception. Called Dr. Panda’s Carnival, it’s a merry app where young kids can control rides, play booth games, and take silly pictures. Needless to say, they’re going to have a great time with this one.
Fun at the Carnival
There are 10 rides and attractions in Dr. Panda’s Carnival, from a Ferris wheel and a haunted house to classic booth games such as the can toss. You’re welcome to experience them alongside the excited animal visitors, which should look familiar to you if you’ve tried other Dr. Panda apps.
To select an attraction, swipe left or right until you see the one you want. A nice feature of the app is how the carnival loops back on itself, so you don’t have to worry about not being able to find a specific attraction.
The attractions themselves are fairly simple, needing only taps or swipes to control. You can, for example, make the plane merry-go-round go faster by pressing the arrow button. Or, you can tap to make a skeleton jump out of the haunted house and spook passers-by.
Do note that some activities can also lead to extended activities. For example, the magic mirror booth includes face painting with your carnival’s visitors while the photo booth allows you to take silly pictures with your device’s camera. These special attractions are manned by Dr. Panda himself, whom you should tap to open up the “hidden” games. (Don’t ask us how he manages to be at so many places at once.)
Finally, some activities also give you the chance to collect stars. These stars can then be exchanged for prizes, such as a toy helicopter or a guitar.
Parents Need to Know
Dr. Panda’s Carnival features an open-ended gameplay with no rules and no high scores. It’s also easy to use with minimal controls; taps and swipes are all you need. This stress-free environment is suitable for kids ages 3+.
The app contains no in-app purchases and no third-party advertisement. Links to the developer’s other apps can be hidden by choosing the appropriate option in the secured parent’s section. Also included are separate options for toggling on/off the background music and sound effects.
Things I Like
Dr. Panda’s Carnival has a unique design that’s inspired by the art of papercraft. If you look closely, you can see the folds and bends in the carnival structures. Even the food items are made of paper. These little details make the app colorful and more fun to play with. They can also, hopefully, inspire your kids to take up an interest in papercraft.
Another fun aspect of the app is that you can unlock various toys using the stars collected in the games. While the toys themselves are for display purposes only, they serve as a nice incentive to keep you coming back. You can think of them as your reward for playing, just like in a real funfair.
Secrets in Dr. Panda’s Carnival
Like many Dr. Panda apps, Dr. Panda’s Carnival has lots of fun secrets to discover. Here are several that we’ve found:
- At the magic mirror/face painting booth, you can tap the giant Dr. Panda head to change his hat.
- If you tap on the giant corn at the popcorn stand, popcorn will come flying out. They make delicious bird feed, too!
- At the photo booth, you can tap on the giant camera to make it rain confetti.
- Tap on any balloon you see to release them.
- Did you know? There’s a hidden star at the haunted house! Keep sending visitors inside and wait for the second-floor window on the right to open. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a star!
Finally, one last secret that we know is that you can download free Dr. Panda paper craft figures from the developer’s website. Happy crafting!
Dr. Panda’s Carnival is a funfair-themed affair where you can play games, control rides, serve food, and more. It includes over 10 open-ended activities that are equally entertaining, plus interactive secrets to discover here and there. All in all, it’s a fun little app that we think young kids will love.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Dr. Panda
Dr. Panda is a team of developers based in the city of Chengdu, China — the home of the giant panda. They are known for creating kids apps and games that promote role-play, open-ended play, and expressive characters. Here are some of their apps that we’ve reviewed recently: