Panda Jam Facebook Game Review

Panda Jam Facebook Review

Facebook Game Overview

Andrew D. Grabber Says:


  • Quick to Learn
  • Fun Rating
  • Killer Graphics
  • Stability
  • Bang for Buck



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Panda Jam is yet another incarnation of Diamond Dash, Bejeweled, and other ‘match–3’ type games – distant cousin of Tetris?  Okay maybe that’s too much of a stretch.  But the concept is similar nonetheless.

Is it just me, or does the animation look like Kung-Fu Panda meets Lion King?

Panda Jam in not a bad clone all things considered.  It’s a bit plain and the graphics are okay, but the real mild irritation is the balance between free play rewards versus the paid power-ups.

Panda Jam feels a bit cheap on the freebies.  But it is a fun game and it’s easy to see why it’s gaining in popularity on Facebook.

Panda Jam - OVERVIEW

Facebook Game Review - Panda JamThe basis of “Panda Jam” is completely unoriginal – there are hundreds of online games out there with the concept of clearing clusters of blocks the same colour. SEG, however, has at least added some interesting elements – the most interesting of which are the completely adorable pandas – which make “Panda Jam” one of the best Facebook games available in this genre.

Most children over the age of nine could grasp the concept of the game. Each level begins with a grid full of colourful blocks – brown, green, yellow, blue and orange – and at least one adorable baby panda sitting on top of the pile. Blocks are cleared by clicking on clusters of more than three blocks of the same colour. All the while an evil baboon is cranking out more rows of blocks from the bottom.

Clearing the blocks directly beneath the baby panda brings him closer to the ground. Once the baby panda hits the ground, he is returned to his mother and the level is complete. However, to actually beat the level one requires at least a one-star rating, which is achieved by clearing blocks with strawberries encased. Enough strawberries will fill up your star-meter, and the more stars you achieve, the more gold you are rewarded with!

Panda Jam - STRATEGY

“Panda Jam” doesn’t seem like an overly strategic game at first glance, and seems more of an arcade/action game than a puzzle game. However, as the levels progress you begin to see where strategy comes in handy – especially once the evil baboon begins to encase blocks in ice.

Players have a limited amount of moves, so it’s important to be conservative with them. Getting the panda out in as few moves as possible shouldn’t be a priority, since you still have to collect those strawberries, but it’s important to keep the panda as close to the ground as possible so that you don’t find your little guy stuck at the top when you only have five moves left.

Power-ups can be helps or hinderances. It is possible but very difficult to win without a single power-up. Each power-up costs a decent amount of gold, so it’s important to not waste money on these. The overall key to success at “Panda Jam” is to remember to keep everything in moderation and not get fancy!


“Panda Jam” is still in the Beta phase, so there are few, if any, known cheats floating around on the Internet. However, there are some pretty reliable strategies to get through the levels, and that involves applying knowledge from the very beginning of the game. Contrary to what some may expect, there’s no scoring bonus in “Panda Jam” for finishing with a lot of remaining moves.

The amount of gold you get after a round is purely as a result of your star rating – fifty gold coins for each star rating. There are also no extra points for finishing with more strawberries than what you need to achieve a three-star rating – so don’t get overzealous. When it comes to power ups, be wary. By default, the game will select power-ups for the player at the beginning of every level. If you don’t want to use a power-up, de-select it manually to save your gold.

As for knowing which power bombs to spend gold on, it highly depends on the level. Colour bombs are useful in almost every level, while fireworks and small area bombs are more useful in levels with ice blocks.

The social aspect of Panda Jam is pretty insignificant; it is only really useful for seeking out hearts, which is hardly necessary considering that hearts replenish after half an hour. While SEG does make it easy to get extra lives, once your gold runs out you may find yourself in a pickle. Since the game is still in the Beta phase, SEG might benefit from lowering the cost of power-ups or dolling out greater rewards at the end of every level.

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Here’s a handy reference or quick legend to help you understand the rating:

Genre – Is the official game classification on Facebook
Developer – The owner or company who is the official name behind the game
Skill Level – The difficulty level is either Easy, Medium, or Hard
Addictive – It’s “Rarely Play It”, “Here And There”, “Play It Often”, or “Like A Drug”
Platforms – Some games can be played on iPhone, Android, iPad, Mac, etc. as well
DataGrabbered – For cheat sheets and answer list charts: Yes or No (not yet or N/A)

Quick To Learn – How fast you can get playing with no experience
Fun Rating – No point if it’s not much fun to play
Killer Graphics – This isn’t the ’90’s. Killer graphics are a MUST in games today
Stability – Does the game crash? stall? crawl? or eat credits?
Bang For Buck – If you spend real $$ on upgrades and credits, is it worth it?

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7 Responses

  1. I agree that it is a mindless game but still fun however I seem to be stuck on a level and regardless of how many times I acquire stars for different levels, it does not change the number to get over the bridge, I have had 14/20 for the past three weeks and I play everyday sometimes more than once, nothing better to do, but would like to know why the score is not allowing me to progress

    1. You have to get enough stars.. you may play a specific game over and over, but if you get to the bottom too quickly and/or without clicking on enough strawberries, you’ll stick at only 1 star. Pay attention to the star meter at the top and that will let you know.

  2. Message to players – don’t play Panda Jams. It is a selfish game that makes it impossible for the player to advance, unless you buy Power-ups. That’s not cool… There are many many more User-Friendly games out there that are designed for user enjoyment and not greed. Play at your on (wallet) risk.

  3. Went back to some earlier levels in the game to get more stars. The game is completely shut down on level 17. It has been sitting in this mode for 3 days and will not budge. I bought the offer for $9.99 for beginners. If I uninstall the game and reinstall it will I loose all the data and my place?

  4. Really poor for the pocket , great game but cost will stop me from ever playing again.. Pretty sad,I enjoyed it. Don’t mind 99 c or even $ 10 power ups ,but $99 power ups, get real

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