Get ready to shop until you drop! Dr. Panda Town Mall the newest app from Dr. Panda Games is a free app with IAP for the full game. Inside the mall there are six different locations to visit on three floors including a cinema, pet store, food court, hair salon, clothing store, toy store and even a place to snap a selfie! This app features the traditional Dr. Panda characters and now adds some fun children to the mix. Game play is simple – open ended role play which allows your child to go through the mall picking and choosing from their favorite activities with no rules – just fun! There are sixteen different characters you can choose from within the app which means everyone has a chance for fun! You can even open and close the shops by a simple tap. You can read more reviews of previous Dr. Panda apps here. I also helped my son narrate as he played which let us practice language, naming items and more!
Inside each of the shops at Dr. Panda Mall there are different activities that you can do and when you have finished you can use Dr. Panda money from the ATM to pay for your services, a crane game to try to get a favorite toy (how i wish the real life one was this easy!), a bouncing car, an interactive fountain and lots of fun elements to tap and touch! There are also a wide variety of interactive elements including wrapped gifts (and the ability to wrap you own), a restroom and more!
Hair Salon: Activities in the hair salon include: styling hair, coloring your hair, washing your hair, getting a quick snip/.style, having a drink and reading a magazine.
Cinema: Buy your ticket and head into for a show. The cinema features three different movies and a variety of activities including: getting a drink, snacks at the concession stand, picking up your 3D glasses and even trying on fun costumes while you wait for the movie to start!
Food Court: Hungry for a snack? Simply hop on the escalator up to floor three and you can get your character their favorite snack. Items range from coffee/juice to muffins, rolls, sandwiches, smoothies and more. My younger son loved making his own smoothie.
Pet Store: Head inside the pet store to play with a variety of animals including a hamster, kittens and lizards. You can also buy pet food, carriers for your pet, accessories and more! A favorite of my son was dressing up the animals in the pet shop.
Selfie Snap: No day at the mall is complete without photos. Gather your favorite characters, pets and accessories for a quick photo which you can then post on the photo board.
Costume/Clothing Shop: Head inside and gather your favorite outfits and costumes for dress up! Head inside the dressing room for a quick change for your next destination!
Toy Shop: This is a toy store of any children’s dreams – it features a flying rocket, airplane, ring stack, dinosaur and many more toys! As a parent I personally loved the train. My kids also loved the various dress up options, bouncing balls and musical instruments.Having the performance on stage was a bonus – they especially liked opening and closing the curtains.
I loved the open ended play of this app. My son could spend as much or as little time on each activity as he wanted to. He enjoyed each of the shops and the various games and interactions within. I noticed that each time we played – he would often go back to the hair salon and cinema before heading up to the food court for a snack and a selfie! He also enjoyed the pretend play with various dress up objects and we pretended that we were a variety of Dr. Panda characters as well as a Mom and a child heading to the mall. As a parent I liked the diversity of the characters and variety of dress up clothes. Navigation within the app is straightforward and you can always go to a map to start over in a new clean mall. Inside the parental gate there is the ability to turn on/off sounds and background music as well as promotions.
My son wanted to be able to save the photos to our camera roll – but right now they are just saved within the app and when the board gets full there is no way to save your favorites. My son also asked for additional dress up options like a construction outfit, security/police and a firefighter. My older son asked for a toy building where he could construct his own stuffed animal – we found lots of clothes but he couldn’t make his own animal.
Overall, this is a super fun addition to the Dr. Panda suite of apps. There are lots of new adventures to play with Dr. Panda friends and my kids spent hours inside the mall. A great new addition to your Dr. Panda library. This app is free with in-app purchases for the various stores/games within the app. In app purchases range from $0.99 – $4.99 for all the shops and add ons.
Dr. Panda Town: Mall
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Go on a fun-filled shopping spree in Dr. Panda Town: Mall! With so many shops and other things to discover, there are endless stories to be told and adventures to be had.
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.