PanPaTan by Mosster is a musical app that asks children to join the giant band. Four giant friends quite literally play the town using buildings, trains, smokestacks, and towers as their musical instruments. Users tap, swipe, strum, and squeeze different parts of the screen to make music. Up to four friends can join in the fun.
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To begin with, it is recommended that users shut off the multitasking gestures on the iPad. This is because up to four players can play along with the giant band. Single players can use multiple fingers and tap on multiple giants to create their music.
Some instruments can be strummed like a harp or guitar, while others can be played with multiple fingers like a flute or whistle. Different experiences bring different instruments to play. In some cases the water tower acts as an accordion by swiping side to side. In other cases it's like a record player where the DJ can scratch the records. In another case it acts as a shaker in part of a drum set. Watching each giant play is fun and engaging for young children.
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This app is colorful and busy. Young children will enjoy that random tapping will elicit any number of musical notes. Exploring the different instruments is interesting and amusing. The creativity put into developing a town full of musical instruments is clever.
As the parent of a young child, it was nice that my daughter, who doesn't know she can't use more than one finger on the iPad at a time, was able to play the musical notes with ease. The colors and animation captured and engaged her in the song. When the song was over, she simply had to tap the screen to begin again - with new instruments. The app boasts that all of the sounds are in tune, and to this tone-deaf mother, it sounded great.
Overall, PanPaTan is a clever musical app for young children. Multiple fingers can play a tune and join in the fun as the giants play the town.
PanPaTan is availabe for download via the iTunes App Store - iPad
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.69
At the time of this review, the app had no in-app purchases, ads, and external links were hidden behind a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.