Panda Pop is the fifth game in the Keep it or Delete Series. Panda Pop is a puzzle game about shooting bubbles to the top of the screen and popping them to get to save Pandas.
Panda Pop is one of the first Android games I ever played. When I had an Nvidia Shield tablet, I played the game often. I have not played Panda Pop in a long time until very recently for this review, though.
For this review, I played the game on my current Android smartphone. At the time of this review, I was on level 123.
The Game Is Fun to Play
As a bubble shooter, Panda Pop is pretty fun. There is nothing odd or weird about the controls, and popping many bubbles is very fun.
Aiming Can Feel Hard Sometimes
If you have a bad time aiming, there is an aim assist booster you can use at the start of the levels. This booster makes some levels way easier, and I use it often to practice my aim often.
Sometimes getting some very exact shots can be quite hard.
The Goal of Panda Pop
For more levels, the goal is to get close to the top and to save baby Pandas. You do this by popping the bubbles near them, so they fall to the ground.
As you progress in the game, there will be more obstacles and things put in place to make this goal harder.
It Would Be Nice If There Was Multiple Level Goals
I like how other bubble shooter games like Angry Birds Pop has multiple level goals. I prefer that game over this one. I don’t want to get too deep with the comparisons, but I thought I mention that.
Saving Pandas can get a bit stale after doing it over 100 times.
You Can Create Powerups
One of the main mechanics of the game is that you can create powerups. You make these powerups by popping bubbles of a certain color. This is very fun and one of the main reasons why I like the game.
You can combine these powerups for different effects depending on what ones you combine. If you combine all of them at once, you get a huge screen clear that pops many bubbles.
Deciding when to use the powerups and if you want to save them to combine them is a big part of the strategy in beating levels in this game.
Some of the Levels Are Hard
Some of the levels in Panda Pop are quite hard. You need to plan a lot and make some tricky shots sometimes to get closer to the top of the screen. I don’t want to play easy games only as there would be no challenge.
I also get frustrated at difficult levels. I get annoyed when it takes many times to beat levels.
The Game Has Nice Events
The game does have some events. To be honest, I tapped past this stuff. I was not interested in this time, but I suppose though they were nice. I did get some free extra lives and such.
You Are a Mommy Panda
You are a Mommy Panda trying to save her children. At least that is what the game leads to you believe. OK, WARNING! I am going to go on a bit of a snarky rant in the next section. You might want to skip this section.
Huge Paragraphs of Nonsense
Pandas Don’t Have That Many Cubs!
First off, this makes no sense. No one Panda can have this many children. There are thousands of levels in this game, and you save hundreds of Pandas!
I did some research online about this (Yes, I was that curious!). According to chinagiantpanda, Pandas only have one or two cubs at birth. Often only one cub survives due to only one cub getting attention.
This Also Does Not Make Sense
We could assume that we are saving the same group of Panda cubs many times. But then that makes you wonder how good a mother she is if her cubs keep getting kidnapped thousands of times.
The monkey villain in the game doesn’t seem to be an evil genius either. Also, how did he get the Pandas into the bubbles? Who put the bubbles up in the air, to begin with??!!
Also, this still doesn’t work as Pandas would not have ten plus cubs in a lifetime. Again this is because Pandas presumably only have about one cub survive to be an adult each birth.
This Could Make Sense?
The only thing that makes sense is you are saving Panda cubs kidnapped from multiple Panda families. But the game doesn’t seem to be set up for this to be the case. Even then, that is still too many Pandas!
Unless we are saving the entire future generation of Panda cubs.
This Goal Is Silly
This is why having the goal be to save the Pandas looks silly. I feel as if there could have been a more logical goal.
Maybe have the evil monkey steal their favorite toys, and you need to keep on getting them back. Maybe you need to get them their favorite snack, or they have a huge tantrum.
In Juice Jam, one of the level goals is to give a mother Penguin some ice pops so her children don’t cry. This is another game made by Jam City ironically enough.
So they do know how to make a goal be around children but not be based on saving them.
What If You Don’t Save the Pandas?
This goal also makes you feel bad if you fail to save the Pandas! You run out of bubbles, and now what?! It seems out of place in such a cute game. I guess they float away now.
The Game Looks Nice
…right so anyway the game has a fun and cute art style. I like how the game looks. I personalty like the 2D style as it looks better even with simple artwork. I like the vibrant colors the game has.
The Game Sounds Good as Well
The music sounds nice as well. The music fits the theme of the game very well. I tend to be very picky about music, though. I suppose the music in this game is good enough.
The sounds in the game are nice, as well. I feel as if the sounds contribute positively to the game.
A Funny Audio Bug the Used to Have
One of the things I remember about the game is a old bug the game used to have. If you clicked continue after beating a level very fast the game would keep on playing the game over music while you played the level.
So I heard this song most of the time I was playing the game instead of the actual level themes.
Spending Factor Review
As with most free to play games you can buy coins. I feel as I have to repeat myself with every review but once again this is OK. As the game still feels fair even if you don’t buy anything.
You can buy boosters, powerups, and level continues to help you with very hard levels.
Annoyance Factor Review
There Are No Ads in Panda Pop
The game does not have third-party ads. This is a huge plus as these ads can get annoying when forced on players. But the game does advertise other games made by the developers. I am somewhat OK with this.
Often if I do like a developer, I am interested in playing future games from them.
The Wrong Color Issue
This game has what I am calling the wrong color issue. This issue is mostly found in bubble shooter games.
You need a yellow bubble to pop an important bubble that will start a cascade that will get you closer to the top of the level. So the game gives you five bubbles of any color but the one you need.
This happens somewhat frequently in this game. It stings when you get the top of a level, and you need a certain color to save the last Panda, and the game gives you a different color.
There is some strategy you can use to avoid this, but this random chance of getting trolled is very annoying. I think going with a complete random bubble draw chance is unfair.
I think the draw chance should be slightly more weighted towards the bubbles you need.
Too Many Popups at the Start of the Game
This game also has what I call too much information spam. When you launch the game, it hits you with like three or four popups about things in the game and other games.
While this information is nice, I don’t need it shoved into my face.
While not leave in the side windows where it is anyway and let me tap on things and learn about time at my own pace. That or combine this information into one popup with selection options.
I recently started the game to check what level I was on for the review. I had tap past so much irreverent information I was not interested in to see what level I was on! THIS IS BAD!
Game Notifications Are Dead Now
Also. recently I started to block all notifications from the games installed on my phone. So going forward in my reviews, I will not mention much about notification spam anymore. But this is a real issue that many games have.
I don’t remember getting too many from Panda Pop, though when I had them out. That is part of the reason I forgot about the game being installed on my phone. I guess those notification do work, huh?
Yes! Life Timer!!
Lastly, my FAVORITE thing about this game is waiting for extra lives.
What brings more JOY and EXCITEMENT than needing to wait 20 plus minutes to play a level after losing 20 times to getting a yellow bubble instead of a red to save the last Panda.
Players LOVE this system, and it makes GOOD MONEY! While else what it be in like EVERY free to play game?!! These developers must know BETTER than you!!!!
This must be why they STOP you from playing games when YOU want to!
In no way are developers being GREEDY and trying to make the most money at the experience of the players. That is crazy talk from HATERS. Clearly. Right.
Overall Thoughts about Panda Pop
Panda Pop is a fun game that looks and sounds good. It is held down by the free to play business model. But if you can overlook that, things are fun.
Will I Play This Game After This Review?
I honestly forgot about the game because I have not played in a long time. So this is an easy delete it! Sorry Jam City. But other bubble shooters are more fun.
There are way too many options for me to play a game after reviewing it if I am too excited about it.
Do I Recommend Panda Pop?
Yes. I suppose do recommend this game.
If you enjoy games without ads, then this game is a good pick. If you enjoy bubble shooter games and to want to play many of them, Panda Pop is a good choice.
I think there are better bubble shooters out there, though. Panda Pop would not be my first pick.
Also, I know I was snarky and sarcastic in this review. But I want to state that I was doing this because of needing to explain the same negative things in almost every free to play game I review.
I can only say life timers bad so many ways without starting to get more creative and honestly annoyed.