There is something romantic about train rides that you don't experience with cars and airplanes. Maybe it's because you can watch the cities roll by or the relaxing pace of the journey. Not to mention you don't have to go through fussy airport security.
Apparently, Dr. Panda shares my sentiment about trains. Their latest app is called Dr. Panda Train, and it takes kids on a virtual ride through beautiful places.
All Aboard the Fun Train
In Dr. Panda train, kids are simultaneously the driver, conductor, and passenger of a steam train traveling through beautiful terrains. They show the passengers (played by Dr. Panda's adorable friends) to their seats, then begin their journey by tapping the Go button. They can set how fast the train goes using the lever on the bottom right, and blow the train whistle by pulling on the tab on the top.
Once the train has begun moving, kids can visit the passenger car to collect tickets and serve snacks, drinks, and even reading materials to the passengers. They can also help Dr. Panda drive the train by shoveling coal into the firebox. If they would rather enjoy the view, the app also has plenty of surprises hidden throughout.
Every once in a while, kids can stop to load and unload cargo at the designated stations. A friendly character waits at the station and asks for a specific item, which kids unload from the cargo car with a simple tap. Kids earn additional snacks for every successful delivery, which they then use to keep the passengers entertained onboard.
Parents Need to Know
Dr. Panda Train has 12 unique train stations, 3 environments to explore, and tons of secrets to discover. Kids can, for example, catch a glimpse of a farting toucan, change the skin color of a chameleon, and make squirrels swing from a tree. The app focuses on exploration and having fun, and there is no wrong way to play. There are no rules, scores, or timer either. The gameplay is quite straightforward, thus it's suitable for kids as young as two years old.
The app has no ads, no in-app purchases, and no unsecured links. Internet connection isn't necessary to use the app so you can easily take it with you while traveling.
Things I Like
Dr. Panda Train is a fantastic app for kids who love vehicles. It's an engaging way to explore the world of trains and an entertaining toy overall. It also sneaks in some educational elements: at the loading stations, kids can tap stone letters and numbers to hear their names. Of course, there is plenty of room for storytelling, for example, what kind of place is the train heading to? Or, why is a character going there? These little things are great to help spark the imagination.
As ever with Dr. Panda apps, the production quality is top notch. The animations are cute, and each of the distinct environment offers funny surprises. One way to improve the app further, I think, is by adding more interactions. Maybe add an extra car and allow the passengers to move about. It would also be nice if there were groups of passengers that simulate families traveling with their kids.
I highly recommend Dr. Panda Train if your kids love trains. Not only is it a lot of fun to play, it also encourages kids to use their imagination and tell their own stories. With gorgeous animations and tons of surprises to uncover, the app is sure to be a hit with ages 2-4.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Dr. Panda
Dr. Panda develops games with educational values that help kids learn about the world. All of their games are safe and do not contain inappropriate content, in-app purchases, or any third-party advertising.
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