Dr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd. – Review



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What we love…

open ended creative play that helps kids in a variety of community settings use imaginary play skills

What we’d love to see…

a rack for clothing, ability to kick and play with the soccer and basket ball

Summary

Dr. Panda Town is fun and just enough different from other apps on the market which make it enjoyable for my kids to play.   Each of the three areas are fun and have unique content like a water scene inside the park or a picnic or even shopping at the grocery store.

Our Rating

Dr. Panda TownDr. Panda Town by Dr. Panda Ltd is the first free app with in-app purchases or IAP offered by Dr. Panda games.  Dr. Panda was founded in 2012 and has a number of apps available for iOS and Android with great open free play options.  This app includes in-app purchases for a park and a supermarket as well as a home setting.  For purposes of this review, I will review both the park and supermarket settings contained within the app.  The app opens with Dr. Panda pulling up to the town in his yellow car.    If you try to open up the park or supermarket and have not purchased them a parental lock pops up before taking you into the iTunes store which requires you to enter your year of birth.  Of note, I got the app bundle on one device and had to “restore” my purchase on my second device to be able to access each of the three places.  We used language to describe each of the actions which made it great for practicing language.

Inside the house, there is a living room, kitchen with variety of foods as well as the ability to cook and mop the floors.   Upstairs in the home is a bathroom and a kids bedroom. My kids in particular liked the attic where they found treasures like a rocking horse and antique television.   The characters are down at the bottom by the Dr. Panda logo and you can add and move them around within the different portions of the app.  I also liked the recycling in each of the locations as well.  Inside the grocery store reminds me a lot of Dr. Panda Supermarket with items to place inside your basket as well as different items like soap, toothpaste and milk.  When we played, I actually gave my younger son a “picture list” of items for us to place inside the basket prior to checking out.

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My toddler also  liked the soccer ball and wanted to “kick” it with the characters – something we couldn’t figure out how to do, we also tried to bring it to the park to play with as well as the basket ball but couldn’t make it work.  We also cooked on the grill outside.  My toddler loved the park – he enjoys going to the park and he loves Dr. Panda Ice Cream so he was delighted to see the ice cream stand in the park.  My son’s favorite part was dispensing each of the candies from the machines as well as eating the cookies.    Inside the park there is a variety of playground toys like a see-saw, slide and even clothing to change into as well as a picnic.    We enjoyed giving dog a ride in the boat – although he needs a life jacket!  Playing in the skate park was fun as well going back and forth.   My toddler loved the animations of the airplane and motorcycle as the characters rode them.

Up in the attic it would be fun if the television played promos for other Dr. Panda apps – right now there are a variety of random images with characters from the app but no real cohesive things shown.  My toddler also wanted to “talk” using the phone which currently just rings and lets you take it off the hook.  My older son asked if we could decorate the treats inside of the supermarket as he is getting older and likes to help me cook — perhaps a baking app might be in the future?  Other enhancements might be using money to put into the slot for the candy or to pay for the vending machine and cafe in the park.  I’d love to see some of the items we make in other Dr. Panda apps incorporated here to give kids a taste of some of the great fun they can have with other apps.  I would also like to see a clothing closet or rack for all of the different outfits to change into – perhaps this could be on the bottom with all of the characters?  My older son also wanted more “healthy” options for the picnic including fruits and veggies so we must be doing something right!

For me, once I tested the house, I knew I wanted more and got the combination of the supermarket and park for $2.99 IAP because my kids hate being locked out of anything.  That makes them all the more determined to use it!  In app purchases are protected with a parental gate which requires your year of birth and then you are pulled to iTunes.

Dr. Panda Town is fun and just enough different from other apps on the market which make it enjoyable for my kids to play.   Each of the three areas are fun and have unique content like a water scene inside the park or a picnic or even shopping at the grocery store.

You can download it free with in-app purchases on Google Play.

Dr. Panda Town
Dr. Panda Town
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 179.34 MB

$FREE

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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.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games by 77Sparx Studio, Inc. – Review



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What we love…

fun interactive puzzle game that includes IAP to buy additional puzzles

What we’d love to see…

a way to save photos, a trophy case for the mini game achievements

Summary

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Our Rating

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational GamesAs a mom of two kids, Puzzingo by 77Sparx Studio, Inc, a universal app for iOS has saved me hundreds of hours of cleaning up pieces, trying to find missing ones or worse yet not being able to complete a puzzle in the limited time I had with my kids.   Puzzingo recently launched a bunch of new great updates which include new puzzles, more animations and sounds and encourages kids to look at the pieces to fit them into the right spot.  The app encourages kids to look at the pieces offered, and then figure out which of the spots they fit into.  This free version of the app includes a free daily puzzle as well as in-app purchases protected by a parental gate to purchase additional content.  You can set the puzzles to be “easy” or “super easy” and the music can be turned on or off.

Puzzingo has added a lot of great new content to the app this year which includes: pirates, music, bugs, sports, fairytales, as well as 15 new mini games just in 2016!

One of the things I like about the app is that it only gives two choices at a time when putting the puzzle together, that means that my two and a half year old isn’t overwhelmed by all the potential choices of which puzzle piece to pick.  I also love that when I use it with him we can talk about what the pieces are – for example we recently played with the new bugs puzzle, because what little boy doesn’t love bugs!  First, you “pop” open the present and then you are given two pieces which you have to fit into the puzzle.  I also liked that the names of the items are spoken and if it is put in the wrong place more than once, you are gently guided using a red arrow to put it in the right spot.  As you add more items to the puzzle, it becomes more complex and the picture begins to fill in.   After you finish the puzzle, you can then “create the bug” by picking your favorite choices of the interactive bug and when you are done you “exit”.  I also like the brightly colored illustrations which both my kids liked as well.  I also liked that once you buy a in-app purchase pack or if you buy the “all access pass” you continue to be able to keep your content. We also named the shapes and worked on shape recognition to realize what pieces fit into what spots.

My older son loves sports, so he was happy to see a new sports puzzle added to the app.  He loved the football puzzle the most and liked how the images filled in and completed the puzzle after he added the pieces. He did struggle a bit with the mini game where you kicked the football but finally figured out that if you tapped toward the right side of the he would be able to get a trophy.  I really like the illustrations and that the spoken words are clear, no matter what the language is.  There are visual and audio cues designed to make the app usable by toddlers and special needs kids.

 

There are parental gates which requires answering a simple math problem in order to access a parental control area which includes email, social media and internet.

In terms of enhancements, my son wanted to be able to “save” his completed puzzles to the camera roll.  We just did this by taking a snapshot of my iPad using the home and power button.  It would also be fun, according to him if we were able to save the mini games and trophies in a case.

Overall, this is an app that has wide appeal to kids young and old and can be played by yourself or in a multi-player setting with kids taking turns.  I really like all of the new updates that were included as did my kids!

Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo – Educational Games

Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles Puzzingo Toddler Kids Puzzles by 77Sparx Studio, Inc.

Price: $FREE

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



LuvYa Reader Recorder By Barcelona Multimedia – Review



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What we love…

fun way to share stories with kids via an iPad for either a grandparent, travelling parent or someone who may want to spend time with a child via a storybook

What we’d love to see…

parental gate to prevent accidental in-app purchases, introduction of a lower cost price model for new books,

Summary

Great app that includes Christian based stories, but it needs a parental gate to get a higher rating.

Our Rating

The LuvYa Reader Recorder and LuvYa Reader are two companion apps for iOS designed to allow someone to read a story and another person can then listen to it.  I can see this being perfect for a grandparent who wants to read their grandchild a story before bedtime but might live far away or perhaps a parent that travels so that their child would know they are thinking of them.  All of the stories have a Christian theme to them and you record them on a page by page basis.  The app includes 41 books, 15 Christmas titles and 24 devotions with new content being added daily.  There is a free book you can record online as well to try out the app.

The graphics in the app were bright and I liked that the stories could be “recorded” and then “read” in a separate app.  The app includes “four free” titles when you first open it up which allows you to record the words on the page.  You can read the stories on a page by page basis or record them continuously until you get to the end.  I found that reading them on a page by page basis gave me a chance to take a breath in between pages similar to what you would experience when reading a real storybook.   There is not a lot of Christian content in the app store which is “true” to the bible and these stories were well written and illustrated so I think that the app fills that market niche.  The stories are non-denominational and based upon the bible, which means that anyone who is Christian can use them.  I also found recording in a quiet room gave me the best sound quality for the stories and devotionals.   I also liked that you could preview the titles before purchasing, which is important to ensure that the stories are a good fit, especially when they are as expensive between $1.99 and $4.99 each.

The app needs a parental gate to protect young fingers from buying content by mistake.  I’d also like to see the number of “shares” of the story removed before adding another fee.  This might be a good subscription based app (paying a flat rate per month of use of the app) or perhaps including the ability to purchase a few books together (buy three get them for x cost) rather than paying for them individually.  The books range in price from $1.99 – $4.99 which can be a long especially for one of the shorter books which can be recorded quickly.  I would suggest turning off in-app purchases on your device to ensure that nothing is accidentally purchased. Also of note, the recordings are stored on the cloud, so you must have wi-fi in order to use the app.  It would be nice to be able to save the recordings somewhere so you can listen to them in various places without needing wi-fi.

Overall, this is a nice way that a person who lives far away can share stories with your child or even if they might not be home for a bedtime at night.  With the addition of a parental gate and lower priced model for new books, I can see the app being very popular in the iTunes store.

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101 Christian Books LuvYa Listener for Kids – Listen your recorded Children's Bibles, Devotions and Prayers
101 Christian Books LuvYa Listener for Kids – Listen your recorded Children's Bibles, Devotions and Prayers
by Barcelona Multimedia

Category: Books, Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 13.18 MB

$FREE

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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.

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.



Drawp Unlimited by Moondrop Entertainment – Review



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What we love…

easy to use child-safe drawing app which features pre-designed canvases as well as the ability to create your own and share with others in a child safe environment.  I also loved the narration feature as well.

What we’d love to see…

more textures similar to traditional drawing media like crayons and colored pencils with the ability to tighten up the tip size more easily

Summary

Comprehensive drawing app that allows both open drawing as well as canvases that you can fill in with your creations. The narration feature and ability to share artwork safely set this app apart from others in the category.

Our Rating

Drawp Unlimited - Family Art and Messaging AppDrawp Unlimited by Moondrop Entertainment is an iPad only app which allows your child to create original artwork.  After the artwork is created it can be shared via the Drawp.it website for viewing/printing via a single swipe which does not require your child to have any external access points.  The app features entry either via a child or grownup section.  Once you are in the app you can either go into the drawing room where you can create new art, view your drawings, see any friends (which are created via a parent account) or look at your profile.

Once you go into the drawing room, you can choose either a blank canvas which allows you to create either using a blank canvas or one of the other pre-designed canvases which are similar to coloring pages where you can fill them in using the color palette.  One of the unique features of the app is the ability to record your voice after you finish your drawing which can be used to narrate it or simply announce the title.  We also liked the uncluttered interface which meant that younger children could use it without feeling overwhelmed with all the drawing options, while older children could and try out textures like crayon wax (similar to shading with the side of a crayon), hair wax (similar to using a highlighter on the edges and a thick tip in the middle), builder bits (which made a design similar to a racetrack with different pieces, thunder trouble (similar effect to a watercolor painting where you do drops on a canvas,Collide-O-Chromes (which reminded me of chopped up crayon bits melted together in a confetti pattern), fluff fiesta (which is similar to using puffy paint), cotton candy (similar to a soft pastel like cotton candy at a fair).  He used both a stylus as well as his finger – the stylus was a bit tricky to get the designs right for his abstract art since he couldn’t choose the tip size perfectly (there is a way to choose larger or smaller but it’s preset limits didn’t let him get the exact tip he wanted).

My son spent hours exploring this app and has used it to create both the pre-made canvases as well as his own versions of abstract art.  He also took a few selfies using the camera function and then drew onto them with a variety of fun designs.    He did use the letters to practice his upper case and lower case letters which was a good way to practice on the iPad using a stylus.  As a parent, I liked that it was easy to use and had a short learning curve for my son to start using it.  He loves creating art and so this was a fun way for our family to be able to see it.  We did use the Drawp.it website but primarily saved it to the camera roll since I wanted to share the photos with our family using the Tinybeans app which I used to share photos already.  One enhancement in the app that I liked, was the ability to print out his creations.  You can print out individual pictures, create a canvas wrap for the wall, create a photo book of masterpieces created throughout the year, or even greeting cards.  I liked the greeting card option, because it meant my son could create a card and then I could have them printed for invitations, or even thank you notes.  I liked that it was easier to upload creations as my son had several traditional media drawings that he wanted to upload to the gallery to share with family. Another fun feature – we hadn’t initially considered was the ability to share drawings like a game of “what is this” back and forth using contacts which was fun since we used it almost like Pictionary or “what is this”.

My son told me he missed some of the traditional textures like colored pencils or a traditional crayon.  There are palettes which allow you to color but they don’t give the refined lines like a crayon or the shading you can get from a colored pencil.  I also had some trouble inside the parental area when I uploaded photos as there was a delay in getting my photos but I’m not sure if that was my wi-fi or just the site being slow.  I also would have liked an easier way to add contacts.

Overall, this is a fun app that has some great enhancements compared to the original including the ability to print your artwork.  It can be used really from toddler age up and provides a medium to be able to store your artwork safely in the cloud.  The narration feature sets this app apart from other drawing apps as it allows your child to provide a description or even share their voice while using the app.

Versions of the app

Drawp Unlimited: creation app with swipe to share capabilities, over 200 paint textures/colors and unlimited cloud storage with no IAP or advertising. Includes access to Drawp.it website where the gallery can be shared with unlimited storage and items can be ordered/printed.

Drawp Unlimited
Drawp Unlimited
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 58.46 MB

$0.99USD

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Drawp Lite – Free with IAP – All the same features as Drawp Unlimited except there are only 2 paint textures, has IAP for more textures, colors and full version. Parent section of the app has in-app advertising, but the child section/accounts do not have in app advertising. Includes access to Drawp.it website but has storage maximums where the gallery can be shared and items can be ordered/printed.

Drawp Lite
Drawp Lite
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 58.5 MB

$FREE

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Drawp for School – This app is for teachers and students. It includes all the art and creation tools of the Drawp for families apps, but it also includes teacher workflow features, and tools for monitoring collaboration among students. It does not currently include access to Drawp.it website, although that may be added in the future.


Drawp for School
Drawp for School
by Moondrop Entertainment L.L.C.

Category: Education, Productivity
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 77.78 MB

$FREE

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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.

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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