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Little Red Coding Club

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Super simple story-based coding puzzles bogged down by AR.

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While the idea seems compelling, unnecessary (and unwieldy) AR and a lack of any sort of challenge make this journey to Grandmother's house fairly dull. Little Red Coding Club begins with a mistake a lot of apps do: It uses augmented reality where it simply doesn't belong and doesn't allow you to by-pass it. Kids start the game with an icon of a device moving around. There's no instruction about what to do or why. Also, trying to zoom and pan using your entire device rather than touch-based controls may make sense in some gaming environments, but not a puzzler you're likely to do while curled up on the couch. And the AR doesn't add anything to the experience. Game play is simple, but the puzzles don't offer enough depth: There are obstacles, but they aren't all that concerning or difficult to avoid. Kids will definitely use some basic coding logic, but it doesn't get any more advanced than the commands forward, right, and left -- no looping, conditionals, or functions. The elements are there to make it interesting, but it doesn't go far enough. Kids may enjoy making their own levels, but it would be more engaging with additional elements to unlock. There are roughly 20 characters and elements to use (5 of them are different ground blocks), and it's just not enough to make it fun. Ultimately, Little Red Coding Club needs less glitz (AR) and a bit more substance.

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