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Coda Game - Make your Own Games, Coding for Kids, Unlimited Creativity

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Cutesy game-design experience empowers young visual coders.

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This adorable sandbox video-game-design experience will appeal most to younger kids who want the thrill of making their own games. It serves as a playful introduction to video-game design without confusing little ones with too many options. The characters, enemies, and settings are candy-store colorful, and the sounds are silly. With little logic involved and no actual coding, it's too simple for most kids who are already interested in learning to design games or code. That said, it's a nice introduction for those who haven't already been bitten by the coding bug. Coda Game is heavy on the visuals, which has appeal for kids with fewer reading skills but can be frustrating as you try to figure out what the many icons are: Some have descriptions when tapped, and some don't. It could also use at least one more game type to really round things out. For kids with a bit of patience, a drive to create, and little to no coding knowledge, this is an opportunity to make something other kids can download and play, which is both educational and empowering.

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