Coding Pirates Game

Rating Coding Pirates Game - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • Android, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Coding Pirates Game

Coding Pirates takes players on a pirate's adventure to find treasure by building and using the same skills as computer programmers use.   The app is great fun and soon gets players to think like a coder.

Coding Pirates Game Review

Programming, or to use a more in-vogue term, coding, is not only about learning a computer language, it is about learning to think in a certain way.  There are surprisingly few types of basic building blocks to make a program:

Do this (statements).

If this happens, do that (conditions) . 

Do this for this many times (loops).

From simple instructions, complex programs can be made, but only by those who know how to break down a problem into steps that can be solved by the different parts of a computer program.  This is where Coding Pirates comes in.  

The theme in which the player's programming adventures take place is sea-going piracy.  A popular theme with children, but one that does not immediately link itself with the hi-tech connotations of coding.  Despite this, it is so well realised that it comes together as a whole perfectly.

The graphics are beautiful and full of little touches.  The music matches the theme and the sound effects add to the already well-developed character of the app.

The different parts of a programming language have been turned into icons that represent actions your on-screen pirate can take, such as:

Walk straight ahead or turn.

If your pirate is in front of this object do this.

Jump back to an earlier point in your instructions and run through them again.

You can see how they link to the building blocks of a program.   Jumping back to a previous instruction works like a loop as the same instructions are run multiple times.  There's absolutely no problem in telling your pirate what to do.  Telling him or her how to solve the mission is another thing entirely...

The first levels introduce the actions you can take one or two at a time.  These allow the player to learn how they can be used in certain circumstances.  Your pirate needs to reach the treasure.  Obstacles and monkeys can get in the way.  As the game progresses, players will need to build more complex sequences of instructions and the empty bank of slots shows just how complex these can get and how far ahead players need to think.

Complexity isn't the goal of programming, however. Simplicity and efficiency are.  For this reason, players get a higher star rating for reaching the treasure in under a certain amount of actions.  A long chain of actions may earn one star so a process of making the sequence more efficient begins so that three stars can be earned.  In coding, this is known as optimisation.

The developers of this app know that teachers and parents want to be able to help their children to learn but might not necessarily have the skills themselves.  To assist them, there is some helpful support available from the developer's website.  

The app has excellent longevity.  The existing levels are numerous and challenging.  Players can also create their own islands as challenges for their friends to solve.

Making learning as fun as playing a game is a claim made by many apps.  Coding Pirates feels and plays like a game.  It teaches coding concepts very well.  It actually does make learning fun.  

App Details

Ratings

Devices

Android, iPhone

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Collaboration Skills
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

CP Games

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You can download Coding Pirates Game on your iOS or Android devices from the app stores. Download the Coding Pirates Game app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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