lunes, 13 de octubre de 2014

Robot Turtles - Game Review

Being a geek dad...I couldn't pass the opportunity to buy this game for my daughter -;)


Robot Turtles it's an awesome board game that aims to teach the fundamentals of  programming to little kids.

The game itself is simple...we have a board and place to place our turtle (the game is up to 4 players), we need to place a gem that the turtle needs to reach and here is the fun comes in...

We have cards that indicates the movements that the turtle needs to perform...move forward, move to the left or move to the right.

The kid needs to stack the cards in order to make the turtle move around the board and finally reach the gem in order to win the game.

That's the most basic and simple setup...more complex involves crates, ice blocks and even ice towers...the ice ones can be blasted with a special laser beam card, while the crate can be moved provided that there's enough space left so the crate can be set on a empty slot...

Once you get some movements that can be repeated...like...

Move forward 4 times, then turn left, move forward 4 times again...

The "Move forward 4 times" can be replace by a function card so in would end like...

Function Card, then turn left, Function card...

We also have some rock towers, that can't be blasted away or move, so the kids needs to go around it....


If something goes wrong...the kid can use a "bug" card to undo the last play and rebuild it...which in the end means...repeat the action with a new set of instructions...

The game itself is really nice...and once the kids get comfortable with the mechanics of the game, we can setup really complex scenarios where they need to think how to get the gem in the shortest time using the less possible cards...


I would say...what could be better to teach our young one the joy of programming by playing a nice board game at the same time?

If you got the chance...go ahead and but it...it's really lots of fun -:D

Greetings,

Blag.
Development Culture.