Dr. Panda Restaurant 3 by Dr. Panda Games is the newest app for iOS and Android which features your favorite characters from Dr. Panda games. In this app, characters’ from Dr. Panda come to life and are your customers in the restaurant. The app features over 20 ingredients, condiments and a wide variety of recipes to feed each of the characters. Each character comes into the restaurant and you can then set the table for them with a variety of items like a placemat, utensils, candle prior to giving them a menu. After the character gets a menu, they clap and nod when you choose their favorite entrée. Once they pick an item – it’s back to the kitchen with chef Dr. Panda. There you can slice, dice, cut up various items, grill, bake or even sauté using a variety of tools which range from knives, an oven to a cooktop. After you prepare the meal, the character gives stars to show satisfaction and then pays with coins on the counter Then it’s time to clean up and get ready for the next customer. This app targets children from preschool through early elementary school. As you make more recipes, more menu items become available.
One of my favorite things about Dr. Panda apps is the role play that happens while using the app. I enjoy watching my kids as they look at the characters while selecting a menu item as well as in the kitchen. My older son especially loved that the character’s face is on the screen and nods or claps — or even grimaces if it’s not a favorite ingredient when he was preparing foods. . I really liked the ability to have the characters rate the meals and earn stars which unlocked additional entrée items. The app appealed to both my preschooler and older son – both who enjoy helping in the kitchen. It’s also great to hear kids narrate as they cook.
In terms of enhancements, I’d like to see a recipe for some of the items especially the more complex recipes. My older son loves to cook with me in the kitchen and we have been practicing recipes as well as measuring. I’d also like to see things like loading the dishwasher or the ability to have a drink with your meal. Currently you are limited to one item per character. In addition, beyond traditional foods, it might be fun to include items like snacks or even desserts.
The app is free with in-app purchases. I do wish Dr. Panda would make the app as a paid app and allow both the free with IAP version as well as the paid version. The app includes a parental gate with the year for social media links and also features links (with a gate) to other Dr. Panda apps. You can see a list of many of our great Dr. Panda apps here.
Overall, this is a fun cooking themed app that encourages kids to role play as if they were in a kitchen and making food for their friends. I enjoyed playing with my kids and seeing their culinary creations. Dr. Panda Restaurant 3 is a fun cooking app that allows kids to cook and see the emotions of the characters based on their creations!
Dr. Panda Restaurant 3
by Dr. Panda Ltd
Be the world's best chef! Get cooking and serve delicious dishes! Show off your culinary creativity to impress your hungry diners, get rewarded and progress to become a real master chef!
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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.