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Cato's Hike: A Programming and Logic Odyssey

By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Maze puzzler makes learning programming an adventure.

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Cato's Hike uses a method similar to other introductory programming apps: kids drag commands into a program to learn programming concepts. The adventure story adds a fun element, and the option for kids to create their own maps extends the challenge well beyond the included 60 levels. Kids can share their programs by email, which adds some social interaction and potential for peer feedback -- important in programming, especially when working on a team. Another great feature is the wide age range. Kids as young as five can solve levels using elementary programming skills, whereas teens (or adults) can get more advanced with sophisticated commands and logic. The story is a really fun addition, and even though the writing isn't stellar and the text includes missing words and punctuation, it's still understandable.

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