Website review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Coding concepts empower kids through courses, games.

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age 8+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 6+

What Tynker Really Is Like - For Parents Looking for a Good Coding Website

Tynker is an absolute ripoff. Coding websites such as Scratch or Cospaces are much better. My kid was also very, very dissapointed and constantly complained that Tynker was boring and he was better off doing something else. All families looking for a good coding website for your kids: Tynker is not for you. You'd be better off with Cospaces or Scratch.
age 7+

Tynker is a Rip off of Scratch: From front to back.

Tynker is pretty weird. I initially started with it as my first programming language. My friend's brother a while later was using Scratch and I thought it was Tynker. I asked him what it was and he said it was Scratch. Scratch had come out way before Tynker and I was very impressed with Scratch's interface. It was basically Tynker but way better. More options, more sharability, better block concepts. Everything. Tynker literally copy-pasted Scratch in its entirety and changed one or two things to where it's "Different" and had "More blocks" You can easily recreate said blocks in Scratch with little to no effort. Not to mention Tynker's interface is buggy and it will crash a lot. The fact that Tynker is about $20 a month for a worse version of an online program that is literally free, I think it is pretty obvious who is the winner. The reason I'm not giving it 1 star is only because Tynker is Scratch but bad, meaning it at least accomplishes something right. Scratch is a fantastic platform and Tynker just pulled a mobile game rip-off kind of deal. Do not get Tynker. Scratch is free and does everything better.

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