Who doesn’t love pandas? Alright, anyone who just raised your hands can just leave because you have no heart.
You made him sad, you heartless person you!
On a slightly more serious note, I found a word game with a panda theme. As a panda lover, I jumped to play it immediately. The basic idea is that its a two-player word forming game where along with trying to form better words than your opponent, you’re alright trying to make giant pandas. You’re probably wondering how you can use words to make giant pandas, but its pretty simple. If you make at least a 2×2 box of letters and then you get a panda. If you can get all the letters on a side of that panda, it grows in that direction.
The one major downside this game has is that it being online, you frequently find yourself waiting for your opponent to make their move. I keep finding myself doing something else while I wait for my turn to happen. That isn’t always a bad thing depending on the kind of game you’re looking for. So, lets grade this on the basis that its a very casual game that you might play over the course of hours. This is probably a fair bet since they just recently added a patch so that you auto-matically resign after 10 days. Also, on the main menu screen, you can see all the games you currently have going and recently played games. Current games are sorted by who’s turn it is. You can also set it up to email you when its your turn, or leave it to the default setting which is that it emails you once a day if its your turn on any game you have going.
I love the art. Its nice and simple. It makes it very clear exactly what is happening. The background music is calm and soothing, which is a plus. I’m in love with the cute little pandas. Here’s a bigger view of the play screen while the game is in progress.
At first I was just playing for them and really wasn’t too big on the game itself. Its really laid back and I’m not normally that kind of gamer. But it really is very nicely done and enjoyable. In light of that, I give Panda Poet a 3.5 out of 5 hearts. It would have been a 4, but I’m a stickler for rating, image and audience and sadly as I was writing this last paragraph, my opponent played a rather inappropriate word and it was accepted.
If you’re interested in trying out Panda Poet, you can find it in the Chrome App store.