TGWK’s Review of “Land-a Panda” v1.0 (iOS)

Land-a Panda is a brand new puzzle-type platformer from Big Pixel Studios. Land-a Panda is tells the story of lovestruck male panda Yang Guang and his quest to reach his one and only love, Tian Tian. There are 80 levels total in the game and each are filled with cannons that Yang Guang most shoot himself from in order to reach Tian Tian. He must go from cannon to cannon to reach his goal and along the way, he has the option to collect three coins per level. Its not really necessary to collect the coins to progress but they do help you earn a higher score in each level. Plus, it’s another goal to try and achieve in the game and for the perfectionists out there, it’s something you’re going to want to accomplish.

The most striking feature about Land-a Panda in my opinion is the art style. Big Pixel Studios really gave this game a fun, colorful art style that works well with the whole theme of the game. If you have children, the overall art style should remind you of the cartoon Wow Wow Wubbzy as everything has a very geometric, vector type look to it. If you’ve never seen those cartoons, I can also compare the art style to a game like Mario vs Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem.

Now of course, graphics don’t make the game. Gameplay does and Land-a Panda delivers in this area. In the game, you have to shoot Yang Guang from cannon to cannon until he reaches his destination. This sounds easier than it really is. Some of the cannons require you to accurately calculate the angle in order for you to reach the other cannons. You also need to avoid different obstacles that are littering your path. If you decide not to collect the three coins in each level, the game is a bit easier, but where’s the fun in that? I’m pretty sure most of you playing iOS games are perfectionists otherwise, Angry Birds wouldn’t be as popular as it is now, especially with all of you still trying to 3-star the whole game.

Land-a Panda is a very family friendly title and young children should really enjoy the overall art style and upbeat music in the game. It’s also really not too hard for kids to play either if they decide to just go straight for the goal of reaching Tian Tian.

Land-a Panda is a fun, puzzle style platformer game that is quite enjoyable to play. It’s not the type of game where you really need to spend a lot of time on with each play as you can play each level at your leisure. I would play a few levels here and there whenever I found time which I found very convenient. The overall game itself is fairly challenging especially if you try and collect all the three coins in each level. With 80 levels to play,  Land-a Panda should occupy players for quite a while. Hopefully Big Pixel Studios does support the game with more levels in the future as promised in the game.

Land-a Panda is available now in the App Store for $0.99. It is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later. There is a native iPad only game that you grab here for $1.99.

Description

The world’s panda population is in decline, and your help is needed! Assist the lovestruck Yang Guang (male panda) to meet with his dream partner Tian Tian (female panda), in this highly innovative puzzle game. With a unique gameplay mechanic, a wide variety of levels, and beautiful High Definition graphics, Land-a Panda is one App Store title you won’t want to miss!

ACTION PACKED
Land-a Panda combines fast action based gameplay with puzzle mechanics, and a simple and intuitive touch control system. Launching Yang Guang from a cannon is as simple as tapping on it, although as you progress more complex objects are introduced, making your timing and planning ever more crucial.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR
Unfortunately it’s not quite as simple as getting Yang Guang to meet with Tian Tian. If you don’t collect any of the golden love coins on your way, Tian Tian will not be impressed! To get maximum points (and love!) you must collect all three golden coins in each level, while avoiding a variety of enemies and obstacles along the way.

TIMING IS EVERYTHING!
Reaching Tian Tian will not always be easy, with a multitude of different cannons and obstacles to traverse Yang Guang through in order to reach his soul mate. From moving and rotating cannons, to teleports and spooky ghosts to avoid, you’ll need to master a number of skills to impress this fine lady.

STUNNING HD GRAPHICS
Yang Guang will travel through a number of different worlds, each of which is presented in bright and colourful High Definition Retina graphics. Easy to learn but difficult to master, can you collect all the golden coins and win the heart of the gorgeous Tian Tian?

OPENFEINT + GAME CENTER
With a custom OpenFeint and Game Center integration, you’ll never have to leave the game to view your achievements and high scores.

[via App Store]

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