GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co.

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Story-based coding adventure plus diverse girl-empowerment.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the step-by-step logic of coding; find girl-power inspiration in science, technology, and engineering; and develop spatial reasoning through fun games. The sandbox gives kids the opportunity to create their own challenges, and the mini-games reinforce spatial reasoning through play. 

Ease of Play

Unlimited chances to get programs right; challenge increases as levels advance.

Violence & Scariness

Use a blaster to eliminate obstacles.

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GoldieBlox has several other products available, but any mention of them is protected by a parent gate requiring entering an adult's birth year.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. is a girl-empowering, diverse, STEM-focused game that introduces kids to coding through a story-based adventure. It's made by the bigger Goldieblox brand that also offers STEM toys marketed to girls. While the coding adventure is the main focus of the game, it also features mini-games and a sandbox-style puzzle as well as several videos featuring girls being strong and smart. The video content changes regularly, and all the content is included in the one-time purchase price. There's no violence, but kids do use a gun-shaped blaster to move obstacles out of the path. No personal information is required to play, and the easy-to-read privacy policy outlines the information that's collected.

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What's it about?

Goldie and her friends have a problem -- they wrote "birthday" on the calendar but don't know whose birthday it is. They solve the problem in GOLDIEBLOX: ADVENTURES IN CODING - THE ROCKET CUPCAKE CO. by making cupcakes for everyone and delivering them around town using a rocket-powered skateboard until they find the party. Kids play mini-games to gather ingredients and make the cupcakes and programming the paths using visual code blocks. Each level adds to the adventure, and kids can watch videos or customize coding puzzles.

Is it any good?

Diverse and curious group of friends show just how cool coding and engineering can be in a story-based adventure that will appeal especially to girls. The coding portion of Goldieblox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. is pretty run-of-the-mill as far as visual coding games go. Kids can replay to fix mistakes or get help from Ruby Rail's notes (a character who is a nice nod to MIT's Ruby on Rails programming language), but more specific hints about various obstacles would help kids through sticky frustration. The mini-games develop spatial reasoning and tie in to the story's theme. It's the sandbox and Goldie TV that really stand out, though, inspiring creativity and design-thinking without restrictive stereotypes.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why understanding coding is important. Talk about things made with code and the logic and process involved with coding. How can Goldieblox: Adventures in Coding - The Rocket Cupcake Co. help learn the basics?

  • Watch some of the videos featured together -- with both boys and girls -- and discuss gender issues and stereotypes. Check out our list of Games with Strong Female Characters for ideas of games that don't perpetuate stereotypes.

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