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Dodoo Adventure: Kids Coding

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Basic coding intro is fun, accessible, but stays simple.

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Simple puzzles lightly based on some basic principles of coding meet fun, kid-friendly themes in this leveled game. The mechanics of getting through the levels in Dodoo Adventure: Kids Coding is simple enough for preschoolers to handle: Simply drag arrow icons to empty slots at the top of the screen, then tap the train (or other vehicle) to make it go. However, the planning involved may be a bit challenging for young kids, particularly because the arrows feel very removed from the actual action that ends up taking place. But with a little help and guidance, any preschooler motivated enough to figure it out will get it eventually. There are some fun obstacles, like portals, that add to the challenge and keep the levels from feeling too tedious. With 20 levels, the amount of content that comes with the free download is fairly generous -- and more than enough to figure out if you're interested in buying more levels. Purchased levels progress a bit more quickly than the free ones and introduce different challenges. But, with only four commands (up, down, right, left) and one correct solution per puzzle, the complexity is somewhat limited.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : logic, solving puzzles, spatial reasoning, Tech Skills : coding
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (unlock additional level packs for $.99 each or $3.99 for all five)
  • Release date: November 27, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: STEM
  • Publisher: Yunbu Innovation
  • Version: 2.1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later, Android varies with device
  • Last updated: December 18, 2019

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