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Springin' - Create, Share, and Play

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Game creator has great potential but steep learning curve.

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For creative kids with a lot of focus and drive, there's no limit to what can be created with all of the tools available, but it might be a bit tricky for kids looking for an easy creative experience. Springin' - Create, Share, and Play removes some of the barriers to this type of creation by hiding the logic and the actual commands behind premade actions and reactions. The flaw is that it's missing some of the basics that would make the entire experience more accessible, such as tool tips for the attributes buttons, a paint bucket fill, and a text tool. Every time kids want to use a new attribute (e.g., jump, shrink, Force: Up, reset), they will need to look it up in a help guide, which explains what the attribute is but not how to use it, and possibly includes a video. The videos often show the attribute at work but, once again, have no explanation of how to actually use it. Text needs to be hand drawn, which seems a bit silly when text tools are so readily available in pretty much any other creativity app. As a result, it's a powerful tool for kids, but simply not as user-friendly as it could be.

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