My Robot Friend

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun puzzler with programming skills; some crude humor.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think critically and strategically to solve problems and write/code programs. They are programming their robot's moves by moving the right cards into place to direct him where he needs to go (or not to go). Kids will work with directionality and negative numbers, too, as they use the cards and resources given to get the robot where he needs to be. My Robot Friend is a fun, easy way for kids to start thinking and acting like programmers.

Ease of Play

The drag and drop controls are intuitive and easy to figure out with minimal direction.


Kids shoot rockets at stuffed animals to blow them up so their robot can get past, and they can freeze other robots to keep them out of the way. The narrator comments that they'll be able to put the fluffy friends back together again, though.


The fat cat burps, but the default option for the burps is off. It can be turned on under settings.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Robot Friend is a LeapFrog app targeted at older elementary kids, unlike LeapFrog's usual early education offerings. There's some crude humor with a sarcastic, burping cat and some mild violence blowing up stuffed animals with rockets and freezing robots, but nothing graphic. The narrator even comments that they'll be able to put the stuffed animals back together again later and explains that they just need to be blown up so the robot can get to the treasure.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written bybarcotanya4ever January 23, 2015
Parent of a 3, 8, and 11-year-old Written byThethreechunks May 25, 2013

Great game which promotes thinking skills

Great game my 8 & 11 year olds enjoyed thoroughly. Builds in difficulty which is great :)
Kid, 9 years old May 10, 2013

this is good... but blowing up stuff animals will make little kids cry.

well... this is not bad for learning. but blowing up stuff animals will make little kids cry, cause little kids love stuffed animals. it will hurt there feeling... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids direct their robot friend through mazes to a treasure chest by programming his moves step by step. Kids are rewarded with ribbons after completing each round, and can unlock fun mini-games -- like dance parties where they can program the music and moves for their robot and advanced programming challenges where they save monkeys. Kids work with directionality, adding steps, and negative numbers as they plan the best way to get the robot to the treasure and avoid the obstacles.

Is it any good?

My Robot Friend combines fun and logic in such a way that kids love every minute of the increasing challenges they face and may not even realize they are building the logical thinking and strategy skills needed for computer programming. The story-based games are just crude and silly enough -- with a fat cat bad guy trying to thwart their missions -- to appeal to older kids and tweens. The frequent rewards that let kids earn currency to buy costumes for their robot and the seriously fun mini-games help keep kids motivated to keep playing. Though the puzzles start off easy enough, the challenge grows steadily and quickly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Steer kids interested in programming to try out Scratch, an MIT application to teach kids programming.

  • Talk to kids about the many areas computer programming is needed and used -- in apps and games and websites and even cash registers and phones and machines we encounter every day.

App details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love puzzles and STEM

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