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Super Robot Bros: Play & Code!

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cute coder lacks hints, has cartoon violence, may frustrate.

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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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