Code Kingdom: Treasure

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Simple coding game full of cutesy flash.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to apply the logic and processes of coding through the game-based adventure. They can replay adventures to improve efficiency and better their scores.

Ease of Play

Default is in Chinese, so kids may need to adjust the default language. Reading is required to fully understand the adventure, though it's not necessary for the coding.

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In-app ad appears on parent lock-screen page, and an in-app purchase is required to unlock full content.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Code Kingdom: Treasure is an adventure game that teaches kids the step-by-step logic of coding. Kids move a character through obstacles to a treasure chest filled with an object that will help on the adventure. Completing one level unlocks the next. Kids have to score above a certain level to advance, and parents can reset progress in the settings to allow a user to restart. To get a higher star rating, kids can replay levels. Default play is in Chinese, but kids can change to English by tapping the flag in the upper-right corner. Though 10 levels are available for free, further play requires an in-app purchase. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In CODE KINGDOM: TREASURE kids play through 72 levels each in two worlds, uncovering an artifact in each that helps tell of the adventure of Miya the archeologist. On each level, kids direct Miya through a maze by dragging visual code blocks of direction into the correct order. To get full points -- three stars -- they have to choose the most efficient path, but they can advance to the next level with a correct solution even if it's not the most efficient. They can view the artifacts collected in the "magic handbook." In settings parents can adjust sound effects and music.

Is it any good?

This cute logic game gives kids a fun way to practice those thinking skills necessary for coding, but it doesn't stand out much from other coding titles. Code Kingdom: Treasure gives young kids a story-based adventure to motivate them to think critically. The early levels are quite easy, just right for the younger players, but the story requires a reading level that they may not yet have. Kids collect artifacts, like archaeologists, but they don't do anything with them early in the game, so it's easy for them to lose focus. For kids who stay focused and purchase the full game, there are plenty of levels for them to play. Since it's free to try, parents can see how much their kids love it before investing in the full game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the logic required in coding and the importance of specific, step-by-step instructions so that machines know what to do. Does Code Kingdom: Treasure help you get a sense of how to program?

  • Play a game where kids give you directions for a simple task, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and follow them precisely (even if it results in hilarious mistakes). Explain that computers follow the instructions in code in that same way, so it's important to be specific and precise.

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