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Code the Robot. Save the Cat

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Create and play with cute, cat-friendly coding puzzler.

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Educational Value

The challenges start out easy and get more difficult and complex as the game progresses. Kids are challenged to use logical thinking and coding skills. Some built-in hints or a brief tutorial for younger kids could be very useful.

Ease of Play

Using the basic features to put the arrows in place is pretty simple. There are a lot of “extras” that take some time and practice to figure out.

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There’s a small link on the main screen to the developer’s other apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Code the Robot. Save the Cat is an education app for iOS and Android devices. Kids help a robot follow steps along a path to get to a cat that is waiting at the end of path. The game starts out slowly, with simple puzzles that require kids to drag arrows and place them a certain order that will successfully guide the robot to finish a section of the path. The puzzles get more challenging as kids unlock levels, with more turns and different programming concepts like loops and conditions. You can add multiple players on the home screen, and game play picks up where a player last left off. There’s a parent gate for the settings section, but this seems unnecessary since it only contains language, sounds, and other basics. However, there’s also a much-needed parent gate for purchasing additional apps. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

CODE THE ROBOT. SAVE THE CAT is a logic and coding app that challenges kids to arrange arrows that will guide a robot along a path to reach a cat who may or may not want to be "saved." Each section of the path has turns, cat treats, and other features that add to the challenge. Kids begin on a Welcome level, which introduces them to the game. There are five main levels, each with several challenges to unlock. These main levels are Actions, Functions, Loops, Conditions, and Create. In Create, kids can make their own levels and share them with other devices.

Is it any good?

This logic and coding game is quite engaging from the start, but it could be even better with some built-in hints for younger players who might struggle to get the hang of it. Kids will enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to reach the cat as they use logic and spatial skills to complete levels. It’s great that kids can also use what they learned to create their own levels. Getting started might feel a bit slow for more experienced players, but they can look forward to unlocking the harder levels and finding out what happens to the cat.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids used logic and coding skills in Code the Robot. Save the Cat. How might these skills be used to solve other kinds of problems?

  • Talk about how you might play a similar game using paper and pencil. In what ways would this be easier? How would it be more difficult? Would you change the theme or the rules?

  • Work together to create and share levels. Is it harder or easier to create levels than to solve them?

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