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Hopster Coding Safari for Kids

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cute animal puzzles present coding logic that levels up.

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age 4+

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age 4+

Friendly, fun, progressively more challenging

Teaches basic computational thinking with friendly characters, happy music and becomes more challenging in small steps. Early levels suitable for age 4 and up, later levels require mastering numbers. Pleasantly surprised how much entertainment this app provides, for free and without ads.

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It's refreshing to have a coding logic experience for kids that feels fun and playful, and less like you need to churn your way through. Hopster Coding Safari for Kids does two things particularly well. First of all, they don't claim outright to teach kids to code. Coding logic is essential for coding, but it's not coding in and of itself. Second, they found a way to make the puzzles fun instead of tedious. Who wouldn't want to help a cute joey find his way back to his mama kangaroo? The animals are adorable, and the puzzles never get so long that you feel like quitting. Pair that with easy-to-use drag and drop and a proper ramp-up of skills, and Hopster Coding Safari for Kids is a win. The sticker book pages are just icing on the cake. The only complaints are that the second level, which appears when the first level is complete, could use a better label; tapping on it at first looks like you've simply erased all of your progress so far. And the multicolored arrows on the higher levels seem to be more of a distraction than an aid. But overall this free app adds up to some great educational fun.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, logic, solving puzzles, Tech Skills: coding
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (First world available for free; additional levels require in-app purchase of $1.99.)
  • Release date: September 23, 2019
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Topics: Wild Animals
  • Publisher: Hopster
  • Version: 3.3.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
  • Last updated: January 14, 2022

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