We don't usually cover kid-focused stuff, but Hakitzu [Free] seems like it's worth a look, even if you're only vaguely interested in the "edutainment" phenomenon. In brief, it's a turn based strategy game that teaches the fundamentals of coding. With an in-game keyboard, users literally type in code against each other, ordering a lumbering mech armed with guns around a map. It's really cool.

We grabbed some footage it in action at GDC this afternoon, if you're interested. It's also available on the App Store now, if you'd like to give it a download.

As you'll hear in the video, Kuato (yes, it's a Total Recall reference) plans to keep supporting this through updates. It also plans to move into other subjects.

  • http://twitter.com/drelbs drelbs

    If only we could get Carnage Heart on iOS...

  • araczynski

    definitely a step in the right direction. maybe also include a template/setting/angle that would be interesting for girls.

    • Illuminerdy

      Incredibly sexist comment? Maybe.

      • araczynski

        hardly, last i checked, men and women more often than not prefer different 'things', (you know, chick flicks vs action flicks, etc) as in I don't expect my 7 year old daughter to give two squirts about robots with lasers (yes, some do of course, but most don't), but she does seem to like the cooking games (which i try to steer her away from) as well as fashion based games, etc. that's what i meant by 'angle'

  • themostunclean

    Just curious. What language does it teach? Or is it more geared towards teaching code logic?

    • kinitix

      I think that it's JavaScript.

      • themostunclean

        Thanks. Can't read the screenshot on my phone.

      • themostunclean

        Oops. Didn't even know that was a video. The play button didn't show up on my phone for some reason. Guess I should read the whole article before I jump into the comments!

  • Platyrrhine

    If only there was an iPhone version.

  • metalmandave83

    Im not impressed. Typing a string of code to move isn't that cool. I hate these asynchronous multiplayer games, I don't like waiting a day for someone to make a simple move.

    Despite these complaints it's a very nice looking and neat game. 5 stars.

    • Illuminerdy

      Wait. What?

      • metalmandave83

        I'm saying its not for me but its a good game.

      • metalmandave83

        Do you just look for comments to post stupid replies to?

  • http://twitter.com/artingu Martin Gumucio

    Awesome stuff!

  • dmpunks

    Man, that code text editor is a struggle to use. You can't insert new lines for one and the auto-insert for functions is way too small even on an iPad. It could have inserted the basic structure too. Nice start but definitely needs a lot of redesign, otherwise typing out your program for each turn would be freaking slow and frustrating.

  • http://icefamjourney.blogspot.com/ copaeci

    they should give single player mode... too slow for waiting opponent's movement through GameCenter... :(