Australian Council on Children and the Media

Tommy the Turtle – Learn to Code - Zyrobotics LLC

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This educational game is a learning tool that introduces children to the concept and skills of coding. Players use a turtle called Tommy and follow instructions to make him perform a range of different movements. Suitable for children aged 4+. However, some children may find some the instructions and reading required to play this app challenging.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Tommy the Turtle – Learn to Code was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 10 July 2017.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Tommy the Turtle – Learn to Code
Developed by: Zyrobotics LLC
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 3+
ACCM suggested age: 4+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Tommy the Turtle – Learn to Code contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

Several levels.

App description

This problem solving game introduces children to the skills of coding using characters such as ‘Tommy the Turtle’.  Players select from a variety of coding commands to make Tommy move in sequence for example, jump, spin, forward, backward, grow and shrink. From the main menu, players can select to go to a tutorial – to learn how to play and, choose free play (where they can make Tommy do what they want) or challenge mode.  In challenge mode, players can select a challenge and then are given instructions to follow them to make Tommy move and when they achieve each goal they are advanced to the next level. This was quite tricky, thus players need adequate reading skills .

Reviewers comments

As mentioned above, players will need to be at a sufficient reading level to follow the instructions in this game.  Further to this, following the instructions correctly is quite challenging and several attempts were needed to get it right.  This app holds many learning opportunities including learning to code (which is currently a highly-regarded mathematical/technical skill) problem solving, patience, persistence, reading and following instructions carefully. 

In App purchasing

None. 

Online information

None. 

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review.

Advertising and product placement

None.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

None.

Coarse language

None.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

None.

Other

None. 

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