Erase All Kittens is an arcade-style game (think Donkey Kong or Super Mario Bros.) designed to teach coding. With breaks in gameplay for amusing story episodes and instructions, students move through different screens by running and jumping over obstacles and leaping from elevators. Some parts of the gameplay must be modified through simple coding alterations, writing simple code, or debugging. For example, students use HTML to "fix" broken items or to create new blocks to reach a destination. As they move through different levels, players save trapped cats, releasing cute GIFs.
Erase All Kittens has tremendous potential, but it needs to be built out more to see what it can really do. There's an original storyline and a fun gaming interface that almost all students will find entertaining. At times, however, the coding takes too much of a back seat to the gameplay, and students may miss the learning as they get lost navigating the game. At this point, Erase All Kittens only has a few levels built; new levels may dig deeper into learning to code and challenge students more.
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