In a sea of cookie cutter virtual worlds, Panfu stands out with its focus on language learning and educational activities. While most virtual worlds aim to offer just a hangout zone for kids and pre-teenagers, Panfu takes that concept a few steps further by integrating an active Spanish learning concept within the virtual world, thus making sure that your child will not only have a good time, but also learn a few things.
The protagonists of Panfu are Pandas. These adorable black and white creatures, which captured the consciousness of all kids in 2008 after the success of the animated movie ‘Kung Fu Panda’, are your avatars and guide in Panfu. You start off by creating your Panda, giving him an appropriate name and color (yes, Pandas in Panfu are not limited to black & white). From then on, you can dive into a world of fun filled games and activities.
The Panfu world is centered on interacting with other members and taking part in various activities. Using your Panda character, you can chat up with other kids in a safe environment that takes a lot of care to filter out inappropriate language. You can also earn virtual money by playing games or helping out other Panfu members. This virtual money can be used to buy clothes, pets, and houses for your Panda character. Through this, Panfu adds a collectible element to the virtual world.
The most attractive feature of Panfu, however, is its Spanish learning component. Through a series of immersive activities and games, you can pick up and practice your Spanish language skills. The games are highly effective at helping kids learn the nuances of the language. At the same time, they are fun and amusing enough to retain your attention.
Panfu is ad free and is supported by user contributions and a paid membership. Because of the lack of advertisements, users are frequently prompted to become a premier member. With a premier membership, you can buy collectable items for your Panda, get access to more advanced Spanish lessons, and unlock certain restricted games. The premium membership costs $9.90/month. If getting your child to be strong at Spanish is your aim, a premier Panfu membership is certainly worth exploring.
Panfu is aimed primarily at kids aged six years and up. Hence, the graphics in Panfu are very adorable and cute. Soft edges, bright colors, and interesting characters populate the Panfu world. The virtual world itself has a variety of settings, all of them more beautiful than the other. In other words, the graphics in Panfu are very appealing to kids of all ages.
In terms of performance, Panfu runs within the browser. Since the graphics are completely 2D, the demands on your computer (and the internet connection) are not very high. Panfu does not have as many players online as say, Runescape, and their servers are more than capable of handling the load of their traffic. Consequently, there is very little down time or lag. Panfu runs smoothly even on older computers.
Panfu has excellent parental controls. The language filters within the game work very well at keeping inappropriate language out, ensuring that your kids have a safe and clean chat. You can block out features or games that you think are not right for your kids.
Panfu is an excellent virtual world that excels in not only giving kids a great place to hang out, but also a wonderful tool to learn the Spanish language. With versions available in different languages (including Polish, German, and Spanish), your kids will have a great time, while learning new things.