While browsing through Amazon’s latest offerings for the Kindle, I randomly stumbled upon this little gem:
Naturally, I had to pick it up.
Developed by Spry Fox, Panda Poet is an adorable, and utterly addictive, little word game in which players shoot for the high score by spelling out words using the letters provided; the longer the word, the higher the point total, naturally.
So where do the pandas fit in?
Pandas add to the point total each turn, and larger pandas are worth more.
Players begin with a single tiny panda in the center of the screen.
As letters are used, they become little pandas themselves. Little pandas join up to form slightly larger pandas, which in turn, come together to form still larger pandas. And on and on.
Here’s a screenshot:
After each turn, more and more letters are revealed.
There’s one wrinkle, however. The numbers (shown in subscript) next to the letters count down with every turn until they reach zero, at which point the letter turns into a skull and is no longer playable, limiting the room for your pandas to spread out.
Panda Poet is a fun little diversion; well worth the $2.99 it costs to download the game.
Alliterative appeal aside, the title’s a bit misleading, really. The game has little to do with poetry (they both involve words, I suppose?), and the pandas could just as well have been penguins, or piggies or, well, anything at all really.
(Although, truth be told, if it weren’t for the ridiculously cute giant pandas, I most likely would never have bought the game.)
Kindle owners, check out the game’s official site at pandapoet.com.
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