codeSpark Academy

App review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Code, create, and collaborate with cute characters.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 5+

An very good coding app where the kid make their own games and stories.

This is a good coding app that is easy to get into, particularly the Puzzles mode, which is a good intro to block-based coding. I love how the game teaches problem-solving and alternate ways to meet a goal, quite similarly to actual coding. Then, once they get to the Create mode, it's where kids can use what they learned, where they can create their own game and/or a story where they can use their own voice for characters and move them around using code. I also like how some of the app also teaches complex things like variables and using "less than" and "greater than"--also a very common thing you use in code. My kid loves the little blue guy named "Glitch" who appears everywhere (often to cause some kind of havoc).

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age 4+

BEWARE - keep charging you even after subscription cancelled

We tried the free trial period however my daughter found it too easy so we cancelled before trial period was over. Months later I am still being charged by the which is code spark. When you email the support team they tell you its being billed through Apple and they will not credit you. Then Apple confirms it is not being billed through then and you continue to be billed. There is no way to call and get any issue resolved. You can only email. Very frustrating process! This issue has gone on for 10 months with no resolution. BE CAREFUL if you decide to try the trial because you could be ripped off just like our family!

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