Coding Pirates Beta test Invitation

Alright! I earlier announced that Constructing Kids (Martin Exner) and Lizard Factory (Nils Munch) was in the progress of designing a game that teaches kids to code and be “it-creative”. The game is now almost ready for beta testers to try! (click here to register iPhone or iPad as beta test device via Test Flight)

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So what is the game about?
You are a young pirate. We twisted the plot so instead of looking for treasure, you are hiding it on small islands and meanwhile writing the secret map. The map-writing part with instructions on how to find the treasure is a lot like writing computer code. For instance, if the treasure is hidden behind a tree, you would write something like this:

if see tree = turn left -> move forward -> turn right -> move forward -> turn right -> move forward. Else = turn right -> move forward

using drag-n-drop coding elements. In the game it would look like this (or at least at this point):

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And if you wanted to loop a sequence, lets say

move forward -> turn left -> move forward -> turn right

you would have to use the loop-tiles: Anchors. This symbol is not good and intuitive for a looping sequence, i know.  So we are thinking of better symbols at this moment. But for now it would look like this:

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And so the story goes. When you get better, the code you write will be more complex. loops inside if-else-statements can turn into AI quite nicely. And when we get the multiplayer functionality up and running, the code war will start to get really interesting. I am quite certain that this is a true easy to learn – hard to master game.

Here is an example of complex code written in Coding Pirates to complete this level (on an earlier version though):

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Still a lot of graphics, functionality, missions, enemies and obstacles aren’t ready yet. The multiplayer and in-app shop is still not scripted, and we want the map tiles to look more like this:

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Also the character isn’t animated to move smoothly yet, but we hope we can make this game awesome with your input :)

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If you want to be a beta testerbit.ly/13VDmsf

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