Dr. Panda is one of the most popular app game franchises for children. In November of 2016 they released the second installment of their “Hoopa City” series that enables users to create a town or city by combining materials and placing over sixty unique and pre-programmed buildings onto the virtual landscape. As the city expands into buildings and vehicles, characters will start to interact with the environment. The game even gives users the ability to look inside every building via a zoom in and rotate feature. The game is essentially designed to be three-dimensional. Like other apps in the franchise, characters can be hand-selected and dressed up in various costumes.
“Hoopa City” was designed with creativity in mind. From the early stages of planning the game concept, the staff at Dr. Panda wanted to focus on having a creative space where kids could explore building and drawing up a city. “Our very first idea was to focus on painting and coloring in an empty ‘canvas’ that would then transform into different kinds of buildings,” said game designer Jeffrey Uppelschoten who noted that Minecraft was a big influence on their design process. “Hoopa City 2” follows the footsteps of the original “Hoopa City” which was released in early 2014 to great acclaim. “Designing the interior of the buildings was a lot of fun but it required a lot of time to create interesting and fun rooms in which the kids could express themselves,” Jeffrey stated. “My favorite feature of the game can be found in the museum – I won’t reveal the secret, but there are so many fun activities to explore in all of the buildings.”
It took quite a lot of time for the Dr. Panda team to decide precisely how to make a sequel for the original “Hoopa City” game. “Perhaps the first new feature fans will notice is the visual enhancement,” explained Lyn Yan, the game’s co-founder and producer. “Because of the 3D elements, we can let the citizens walk in and out of a building and interact with the surroundings. The world they build suddenly becomes a lot more alive with all the fun interactions and animations.” Although there are no definite plans for a third installment of the “Hoopa City” series, the Dr. panda franchise will be adding more fun games for kids of 6-8 years old under the Hoopa line, most of which will be related to logical thinking and building.
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