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

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Cutesy game-design experience empowers young visual coders.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about basic coding and some of its main underlying concepts. There's a lot of cause-and-effect but also a lot of thought about how the elements come together to make a game that's not too hard or easy. To get everything working just right before sharing it for others to try, kids will also need to do some theorizing, testing, and problem solving. Though it's mostly for kids who haven't tried visual coding before, Coda Game - Make your Own Games, Coding for Kids, Unlimited Creativity is a fun introduction to basic game creation and empowers kids to share their creations with others.

Ease of Play

Good instructions, but no interactive tutorial. Some might need help with troubleshooting and understanding some of the unlabeled icons.

Violence & Scariness

Can add the option to "shoot" in-game enemies (options are cartoon animals and ghosts), but there are no weapons or blood. Enemies tumble to the ground and disappear.

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Language
Consumerism

Link to the developer's Facebook page and a button to subscribe to their newsletter, but user must answer a multiplication problem to access.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coda Game - Make your Own Games, Coding for Kids, Unlimited Creativity is designed to help kids understand basic coding as well as how video games work. Kids can design two kinds of games and then share them to the cloud under a username selected from silly options. If they know a friend's username, they can search specifically for those games, download them, and play them. The free version allows access to all the tools needed for a whack-a-mole-style game, and the side-scroll-style game is available, but most of the necessary commands and triggers are only available in the full game. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Kid, 9 years old April 20, 2016

Wow.

This helped me a LOT. I recommend it for the beginner coder.

What's it about?

CODA GAME  - MAKE YOUR OWN GAMES, CODING FOR KIDS, UNLIMITED CREATIVITY is a simple visual-programming experience for kids. They can design two types of video games (whack-a-mole and side-scroller) using drag-and-drop picture commands and triggers. They can set the character, enemies, setting, speed, and more. They'll tell the game what to do if they hit an obstacle, shoot or hit something, or miss a target, and they decide how and when a game is won or lost. Kids can then test their games and, when ready, upload them to a cloud server to be enjoyed by other players. Likewise, kids can download game created by others. Each account (you can have up to six in the app) is identified by a canned username that kids choose at the beginning.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about action triggers and commands, just like in the game. What are examples of triggers and commands in other items you use? Think about things such as light switches, remote controls, and telephones.

  • Discuss how the games are like games your kids have played? If they could design any type of game, what would it be? What would it look like?

  • Walk through the commands in the game and talk about how they work. What are other examples of instructions we follow in daily life? What about making a sandwich or getting dressed? Does it matter what order the instructions follow?

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