Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver

A lovely, simple app that puts kids in the driver’s seat of Dr. Panda’s bus.

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What is it

Take the wheel and step on the gas in Dr. Panda’s Bus Driver! Your job is to pick up a number of cute animal passengers and take them where they want to go!

Children can use the swiping controls or the steering wheel to guide their bus through town, stopping to let characters cross the road, fill up on petrol, go through a car wash, and of course pick up passengers. They can even paint their bus before taking it out for a drive.

Kids can take it slow and enjoy the craggy mountains, raging waterfalls and beautiful fields of lavender, or go at top speed with a fun-filled rocket-boost and get animals to where they want to be… fast! The world is different every time they play!

 

What our team of testers said

"I like the bus one best." - Girl aged 3

"We need to put petrol in." - Girl aged 3

"I'm stopping because a train is coming...see...now I can go again" - Boy aged 4.5

Skills Developed

  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Encourages concentration
  • Familiarises children with vehicles and roles in the community

What our experts think

Children loved beeping the bus horn, and the different stops (such as filling up on petrol) kept the game varied and interesting. Driving the bus requires children to control the speed and direction while keeping an eye out for passengers to collect, helping them develop hand-eye coordination and concentration. Role playing as a bus driver familiarises children with roles in the community and vehicles, and we also found that it brought up a discussion around road safety, contributing to a child’s understanding of the world.

It would be even better if...

Some children tried to tilt the device in order to steer the bus – we would love to see this option incorporated.

When children swapped between the outside view and inside view (using the option in the top right corner) they were confused that they needed to control the vehicle in different ways. It would be great if dragging to turn left/right still worked to in the inside view for consistency.

Features

  • Brands: Dr. Panda
  • Key Features:
    • No 3rd party adverts
    • No in-app purchasing
    • No internet access required for core features
  • Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
  • Languages available:
  • Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
    Requires iOS 6.0 or later
  • Android version: 4.0 and up
  • App Types: Educational Apps
  • Types of skills developed: Cognitive
    Fine motor skills
    Hand-eye coordination
    Memory, concentration & attention
    People and communities
    Physical & motor skills
    Understanding the world

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