It showed up nicely packaged in a heavy duty case. I love the wide design of the base. It's stable, elegant, and modern looking. The small mirror that sits on top of your iPad's camera nests right into the base for storage - that was clever thinking. I appreciate the open ends of this game's base as it means you can use it with iPad minis, iPad "regulars", and the largest iPad pros. My Osmo games only work with the minis and the regular iPads because the base has raised side walls.
The game tiles fit right into the side of the storage box and are nice and sturdy. They are easy to put away (contrasted with Osmo, which is a study in jigsaw engineering whenever we have to put it back in the cute little box!) The plastic tiles are large, clunky, and bright. The pieces are easy for little hands to work with and look to be very durable. I like their sizing and bright colors.
The game is listed as best for ages 4-10. My 4 year old definitely needs some hands on (by his side, constantly!) assistance from older siblings. He finds the game engaging and intriguing but from an actual learning to code perspective I'm not sure how much he would get out of it on his own - and he's a smart kid! So be aware that the younger crowd will need an active older sibling or adult participant. The 10 year upper target is probably right on. One of my 9 year olds is really enjoying this, but it's not really drawing in my (old for his age, in some ways!) 10 year old. It's a little too cartoon-ish. Which is what makes it appealing to the younger crowd.
- We like the catchy background music in the program. Some games you certainly can't say that about!
- I like that the program incorporates the images from the room into the program, it gives the game a more immersive feeling than you get with the Osmo coding app.
- My daughter is really enjoying the ability to code/build your own levels. She puts together "challenges" and then helps her younger brother go through them.
- I like that it's a team activity - something that they can find a way to do together and both get something engaging and educational out of.
Conclusion? A worthy addition to your iPad accessories. Fully compatible with all versions of iPad, and bug free/stable run (impressive, considering it is still in beta right now!) If you have inquisitive kids that enjoy a challenge on the iPad, this game just might be your ticket to drawing them into learning some basic loops/sequences/logic structures for coding. Programming is my college background and I am impressed with the level of detail this game gets into as kids progress through/unlock the levels. Check out their webpage for more info. The Pokemon Go angle is definitely going to be a big hook/draw in for a lot of kids. Two thumbs up for a well executed and designed app and system that will help to draw a new generation into the fun that is coding.