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Kids can practice using coding logic to guide their robot to the end of a course.
Ease of Play
No reading required. Visual prompts help get kids started, but without any directions or help, some may be confused and/or get stuck.
Violence & Scariness
Levels include robot-eating plants with sharp teeth, grumpy porcupines, and canons that shoot angry-looking missiles. No blood, but the robot looks like it has been electrocuted and then disappears.
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Products & Purchases
The map screen contains a link to a visual menu of the publisher's other games. Users must solve a 2-3 digit math problem to click through to any of the individual apps.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While there are kids who will enjoy this experience, there are better options for teaching kids coding logic. Super Robot Bros: Play & Code! is cute. The custom robot is fun and the menu screens have Rube-Goldberg-style animations. Unfortunately, Super Robot Bros: Play & Code! falls into the same trap other coding logic games face -- tedium. The first area feels like it goes on forever. Moving the robot around the screen with your code is easy enough, but the robot moves slowly and if you make a mistake you have to start at the beginning of your code. Kids who get beyond that will enjoy levels that are faster paced and more interesting but lack any sort of hint system or help. It's not always clear what objects do and waiting for your robot to do the moves over and over while you figure it out can be frustrating. Some objects are unpredictable, making progress even more sluggish. It's also possible for kids to get stuck and not be able to move past a challenging level. The hightlight of Super Robot Bros: Play & Code! is likely the Create area at the very end where kids can create and share their own levels. Much like the rest of the experience, there's no help available, but those who made it this far will likely enjoy swapping levels with friends.
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