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Panda Poet

Free Online Word Game


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Published 04/20/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Panda Poet is an online word game. Users can log in with their Google account to play. The game is played on a grid board that begins with a few revealed letters near the center. The user must build a word with the visible letters. After clicking each letter to make a word, the user can submit it and it becomes the opponent’s turn. Users can play against the computer or against other real people. If the word is correctly spelled, the user earns points and more letters are revealed on the game board. The user earns pandas for using letters in words. Nearby pandas will combine to make larger pandas that are worth more points. A player can capture a panda by using all the tiles beside it. The user with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Panda Poet has earned a handful of positive reviews for its unique and entertaining game play. The application is a product of Spry Fox and Jet Set Labs. Users can play for free and earn a reputation for winning games and playing often. The application has been compared to other popular games, including Words with Friends. The application maintains an active user community, which means that random opponent games are created rather quickly (although the user may have to wait for their opponent to take their turn).

What are the differences to other apps?

Panda Poet may be very similar to other games, but it offers a unique experience to users. The panda theme adds a playful element to the game board, with fun fruit and adorable brown and white pandas. The application provides users with another way to have fun with friends online as well as a place to play with random strangers when a friend isn’t available to play a round or two.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The look of Panda Poet is a big part of what makes the game so interesting. The grid game board features a solid green background accented by textured green tiles and richly colored fruit tiles. Adorable white and brown pandas appear on the game board, holding to the game’s namesake. The pandas really complement the interface with black eyes, rosy cheeks and plenty of fuzzy charm.

How does the registration process work?

New users can play PandaPoet by clicking the silver “Sign In” button along the left side of the homepage. Doing so takes the user to the Google login page. After logging in, the user must allow PandaPoet to access their account. A Google account is required to play PandaPoet. The user must create one if they do not have one yet. No alternative login is offered at this time.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can join a Panda Poet game for free. The user must have a Google account to log in, but this is also available for free. There are no purchases or payments required, however the user will notice that advertisements appear beside the game board and throughout the interface. The application offers a premium account upgrade that lets the user pay a one-time fee of $2.99 to remove ads and access additional game boards.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Panda Poet is a fun game option for anyone who wants to kill a few minutes. The game is ideal for users who enjoy word games that are somewhat similar to Scrabble. Panda Poet appeals to a wide range of age groups and gives users another way to play with others online. Users can also appreciate the user friendly nature of the game. Users can play with people they know or start a game with a random stranger. Notifications let the user choose to receive an email when they are invited to a game or when it is their turn to play in an existing game.

  • Register and play with an existing Google account
  • Play against a computer or a real player
  • Use letters to create words and practice vocabulary
  • Invite others or be invited to games
  • Toggle music and sound effects on or off


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