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What we love…

Fantastic graphics, interaction and open ended creative play

What we’d love to see…

the ability to style animals hair, change their clothes into more choices  and more mini games

Summary

Open ended play that allows children to play beauty salon; appeals to both boys and girls

Our Rating

Dr. Panda's Beauty Salon Dr Panda Beauty Salon by Dr Panda Games allows your child to immerse themselves into a spa experience where they pamper the pets and do a bunch of great mini games.  The app allows for open ended creative play and has some great hidden elements within to unlock.  This universal app had wide appeal with our testers, both boys and girls who enjoyed playing with the virtual spa.  The app features 13 mini games along with three floors of fun!  Be sure to check out their other apps including: Dr. Panda SupermarketDr. Panda Teach MeDr. Panda HospitalDr. Panda Veggie GardenDr. Panda’s DaycareDr. Panda Restaurant,  There are no external links outside of the parent’s section, no in app purchases or advertising within the app.

My son even enjoyed tapping on the pictures on the walls, finding the hidden nail polish which means your next client automatically gets nail polish and a pedicure as well as the smaller features like the vibrating chairs, magazines and variety of tasks needed to play the app.  The waiting room was fun as the customers entered – similar to other Dr. Panda apps and we loved listening to the music, reading magazines and sipping tea.  It was fun once the customers were upstairs in the chairs – to either vibrate the chairs or turn them into something else!   The open ended creative play in the app means that you can play for moments or hours – and still explore all of the different choices while having fun without making the app feel too repetitive – even for a parent.  Painting on the nail polish is a good fine motor skill as you can paint by direction and then add gems and other items to the polish to make the toes pretty.  I also loved the hidden mini games which can be found in the video below – with a few of my favorites.   We really loved the graphics in the app and found the mini games entertaining.    I also really liked the child lock as it requires you to tap on the lock a number of times in a random pattern in order to get into it meaning that it is harder for kids to get in by mistake!

In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see the option to do more with the animals hair – including hats and other items as well as dressing up in fancy clothes.  Currently after you finish each client they appear in their own clothes but it would be fun to dress them up yourself.  I also found that at times the necklace was a bit finicky with the beads, but that could have just been related to the placement of the beads.

Dr. Panda Beauty Salon
Dr. Panda Beauty Salon
by Dr. Panda Ltd

Category: Education, Educational, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, 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
Size: 147.2 MB

$2.99USD

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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 sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. They have a variety of devices including an iPad, iPhone, and an iPod and is often found with a device! 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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