Panda's Bigger Adventure
Saddle up, fellow ursus enthusiasts! The furry hero of your dreams is back in Panda's BIGGER Adventure from everyone's pal robotJAM. The events of the first game have left Panda stranded who-knows-when with fried circuitry in his time travelling potty, a bunch of bones, and a demoralising parrot. What's a bear to do? Why, embark on a point-and-click adventure through time that will reveal the identity of the time machine's creator, the truth you've always suspected about moonshine, and more. Panda.... awaaaaaaaay!
Use your mouse to interact with Panda's environment. If something can be picked up or used, its name will display when you place the cursor over it. Click on an object to interact with it, and click on your inventory at the bottom of the screen to pocket an item, or to use one. As before, keep your eyes peeled for the little one-eyed Critters because... well, because! Honestly, when have you ever needed a reason to collect things in video games before?
Analysis: Oh, Panda. Time-travelling bear of my heart. By and large the Panda series of games has always been a prime example of goofiness in gaming. There are no dead ends, no game overs, just you, Panda, and a super villain suspended over a tank of sharks. You know, the usual. Like the original, the game is chock full of sly humour. But unlike the original, the environments this time around feel a little empty and a bit less fantastical. It's hardly a deal breaker, but flushing DaVinci's toilet somehow isn't as exciting as facing down a T-Rex or pulling the Sword in the Stone.
Panda's latest adventure isn't what you might call difficult, since most of its puzzles are simply a matter of swapping back and forth between several time periods. Stymied in ye olde Italy? Hop around through the other areas and try the various items you've picked up somewhere else. Which... is admittedly a little easier said than done, given how bloated Panda's inventory can get. Because the game helpfully identifies with text points of interest, it does eliminate a lot of frustrating clicking, but the gameplay is still largely trial-and-error based. Thankfully, with the exception of a compass themed lock with an oddly phrased solution, none of the puzzles are particularly difficult.
In fact, you almost wish the difficulty were stepped up a bit, since Panda's BIGGER Adventure is still pretty short. (And disappointingly lacking a scene involving a DeLorean.) While it may not be the sweeping epic you were hoping for, and may prove too little of a challenge for some players, this latest installment in Panda's adventures is still a quirky, fun game for the adorable, bamboo munching mammal in us all. (And make sure you stick around until the very end!)
Thanks to Cyberjar88 for sending this one in!