Freggers Play: learn to code in 3d

Rating Freggers Play: learn to code in 3d - 5 out of 5 - Best Rating 5.0

  • iPad
  • Free
  • age 5+
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About Freggers Play: learn to code in 3d

This sandbox-style app lets children create worlds, scenes, and stories.  They can unleash their creativity while they learn the basics of coding.

Freggers Play: learn to code in 3d Review

There are many computer games and apps where a little world appears to live on the screen.  Landscapes and buildings provide a backdrop for characters that wander around the world.  Usually, these characters behave according to the rules of the game in which they live.  Freggers Play lets the player build the world and create the rules for the inhabitants.
 
Building the world from beautifully drawn structures and landscape features is a satisfying experience.  Populating the world and creating the rules by which the inhabitants live is both creative and educational. It brings in many aspects of computer programming as sequences of rules are built up.
 
Chaotic chain reactions rippling across the landscape or calm and ordered serenity are both possible results of a player's creativity.   Stories can be crafted and told or just the results of 'what if?' questions can be experimented with.  The events can unfold from a single perspective or film-like camera angles can be used to add drama. The results can be truly impressive considering the simplicity of the tools at your disposal.
 
The flexibility of Freggers Play is a wonderful part of what it is but it is, at first, a confusing thing.  As app users and game players, we're conditioned to expect a purpose or structure.  When it isn't clear that one doesn't exist we look for one.  In Freggers Play, there is not one to be found, except in the imagination of the player.  
 
The app would make much more sense for new players if it made its unstructured nature clearer from the outset.  There is a clever story idea generator to avoid writer's block, but a screen that tells the player to just create and have fun would give many players the confidence to stop looking for a purpose and just enjoy making a new world.
 
There is the potential in this app for children to become deeply involved as they exercise both their imaginations and their logic skills.   Creative teachers could employ this app in many subjects.  Computer science is an obvious one but stories can be retold in English, scenes from history re-enacted, and maps created and traversed in geography.
 
It would be great if the app's developers eventually added some supporting resources for guiding its use in the classroom.  As it stands, teachers will have to put some thought and effort into using it but it could produce some superb lesson outcomes.
 
This is a free app to download and it comes with plenty of content.  There's enough to assess the app and with which to spend some worthwhile time on the app.  Should a player want more, it can be expanded through the use of in-app purchases which add new lands,  features, and inhabitants.
 
There is really no reason not to download this app and see what your children can make with it.  A lot of fun, creativity and learning awaits within it.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

iPad

Price

Free

Category

Skills

Creative Development
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

Spin AG

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