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/ 2 years ago /

 Article by Alex Ekong

5 insane games that teach you how to code in no time

Do you remember that turtle game you used to play in IT class? Where you’d bash in the commands to move the turtle and use it to draw lewd shapes while the teacher’s back was turned? Well, if you’ve never played PythonTurtle – or any other games that teach you how to code – you haven’t lived.

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Only 90’s kids remember this.

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I’ll be honest, if I knew how important my turtle-doodling would become, I probably would have paid a lot more attention. For anyone looking to get a graduate job or internship in 2017, coding skills are an absolute must if you wanna become a coding genius, much like Debut developer Sebastian here.

games that teach you how to code

It’s all well and good saying that though. The question is where do you start? Easy, there are a ton of neat little games out there that can ease you into the basics of coding. We’ve come a long way from PythonTurtle, people. Here are just a few of them.

Swift Playgrounds

games that teach you how to code

Available: on iOS

Fancy becoming the next Apple Genius? Swift Playground is an iPad-optimised game which aims to teach you the Apple-specific programming language used to build its millions of apps. Solve puzzles and build worlds as you nail down a vital skill for the top developers in the world.

Box Island

games that teach you how to code

Available: on iOS/Android

The Box Island app will teach you an hour of code, but in that time you’ll learn all the basics of algorithmic thinking, sequencing, pattern recognition, loops, conditionals, and debugging. And that’s all within the tropical setting that is Box Island. Geared at kids, but more than suitable for all ages provided you don’t hate fun.

CheckiO

games that teach you how to code

Avaliable: Online

CheckiO will teach you Javascript or Python in the style of a Tower Defence-like thriller. Use code to build your space base and then defend it against attackers. Conquer the galaxy on your way to building your coding skills and then take over the real world with your fancy new knowledge.

CodeMonkey

games that teach you how to code

Available: on iOS/Android

If you love coding, you probably also love bananas. Okay, that might be a stretch, but you get them both together in this game whether you like it or not. This is your chance to save the monkey world using just Javascript, collecting up bananas in what’s essentially PythonTurtle on growth hormones.

 

Super Markup Land

games that teach you how to code

Available: Online

If you can get past the terrible goshdarn soundtrack omg then this is a genuinely fun and surprising addictive web game. It’s a typical platform game, except you actually build the platform. Using the familiar motif of your Mario-esque protagonist rescuing his princess from a castle, you use the HTML command box to create bridges that get you across the world. SNES nostalgia and coding skills? Sign me up.

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