codeSpark Academy

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the logic of programming by exploring visual blocks of code, giving kids a high-level picture of what's involved in creating video games. An independent research study shows use of the app increases sequencing ability, interest in computer-related activities, confidence around problem solving

Ease of Play

On-screen hand prompts kids on how to make new commands. Difficulty ramps up very quickly, but kids can replay each level as many times as necessary.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-like violence with no characters injured.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that codeSpark Academy includes several increasingly challenging drag-and-drop coding puzzles that introduce kids to the logic of programming using visual blocks of code. No instructions are available in-app, but parents can access a full curriculum explaining the concepts on the codeSpark website linked in the parent section. Keep in mind that the app is available by slightly different names for Android and iOS devices. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') 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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Codespark Academy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byShawnaLucia26 September 5, 2020

W h y ?

Children now days would rather play games like "fortnite", This game did not make my children interested in learning. It's quite boring and the g... Continue reading
Adult Written byajohnson0809 April 26, 2019

The best Coding Game EVER!

I am a K-5 Technology/STEM teacher and my kids go crazy for this app. It is by far their favorite coding game. It is a great game for kids to use their critical... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byXCYORG March 22, 2021
Kid, 7 years old December 9, 2017

i love it

i love codespark academy! l really love the game maker and the foos the foos i love them kids u try it

What's it about?

CODESPARK ACADEMY features fun little monsters navigating city streets, encountering police officers and construction sites as well as obstacles such as boxes and tires. Kids drag and drop commands or visual blocks of code from the Scratch programming language into the correct order to guide the monster to his destination. Kids must complete one level to advance to the next, and they receive one, two, or three stars based on how efficiently they use the commands. Levels can be replayed for a higher score.

Is it any good?

As with other coding games, this app features monster characters that will appeal to both boys and girls; in this case, however, those characters work together, and the game plays out in a story format. The levels get increasingly challenging and the story more complex. By design, kids have to figure out what to do and how to do it on their own, which will be empowering for most kids and frustrating for some. A solutions guide is available through the parent section of codeSpark Academy, which is essential, as some levels involve trickier solutions requiring multiple characters. Overall, it's a fun way to expose kids to the logic of programming.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how code drives technology, from the tablets and computers we use to other electronics we encounter every day. What do your kids already know about coding? How can codeSpark Academy help you learn?

  • Explain the star scoring to kids: Even though they may construct code that is functional, they won't get three stars until they use the most efficient commands.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love coding and creativity

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