Potato Pirates

Learn programming in 30 minutes through a Potato card game

5.0/5
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Potato Pirates is a strategic tabletop card game perfect for classrooms, family time, and game night with friends. It teaches anyone ages 6 and up, over 10 hours worth of programming concepts in 30 minutes, all without a computer. Children can learn fundamental computational thinking concepts through a fun, accessible, and interactive way.

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TL'DR: its awesome! GET IT!

LONG VERSION: I backed Potato Pirates in the first few days of their kickstarter. Soon after the kickstarter closed I got confirmation that my package was on its way.

Shipping was quick. The quality of the cards is spot on. The little potato pirates are fuzzy lil fluff balls that may stick together; but we found it added to the charm. The game rules are straight forward and presented in such a way that my 6 year old, in grade one, was able to read them outloud and understand. He also proceeded to kick our butts!

My kids are 10 and 6 and both loved the game. They created complex loops and if/else statements to maximize their attacks in game. Later, their faces lit up when we explained that this is how computer programming works! We showed them python and scratch programming and they took to it like ducks to water!

The game in and of itself is a riot; but it delivers on its promise: you will learn basic concepts of programming in about 30 minutes. Concepts you can immediately apply to real world programming.

Potato Pirates is a brilliant gift tgat is ideal for those geeky families like ours ^_^ 11/10 I'm gonna order more to give as gifts to friends and family!

Pros:

Quick, easy, fun, educational, 11/10 ^_^

Cons:

NONE

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Hi Adam, Thanks for the review! Your support is very much appreciated! We are very happy that you had a great time with your children and that they are slowly learning the programming languages. With respect to your comments in our survey previously, we do have plans to create online aspects of our game to further learning but right now we are still figuring out how to integrate that by still maintaining the offline and social aspect of the game :)
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I sponsored this product on Kickstarter and bought it to play with my computer student. I teach computers and echnology to udents ages 5 through 14. Students 8 through 14 adore the game, as do I. It's kind of hilarious and fun to play in a group and they are learning some basic programming and computational thinking. computation. After playing along with the younger students a couple of times, they are now able to play the game on their own.

Pros:

Quick game play, silly, learning code by osmosis

Cons:

Potatoes are floofy and easy to brush off table. Be careful.

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Osis in title should be osmosis, sorry!!
Dear Susie, thank you for your comment! Glad that you and your students enjoyed the game. We appreciate your support, we are in the midst of working on the next step for Potato Pirates and would appreciate any additional feedback here: https://codomosg.typeform.com/to...

I love the game! it's both challenging and fun. You should definitely get it!

Pros:

very fun and challenging!

Cons:

potatoes can get easily lost so care for them well~

I am a software developer myself. Learnt coding a few years ago and it's really nasty. All the abstract coding concepts just don't make sense in the beginning. Damn, if only Potato Pirates is released back in those time. Can't believe that a sack of potatoes can teach coding better than my teachers. 😂

Pros:

Programming made REALLLLYY EASY.

Cons:

Potatoes roll too easily

Great user experience

Pros:

Fun, simple to learn

Cons:

None

A great game for all ages!

Pros:

A great way to learn programming in the most exciting way possible.

Cons:

NIL-

It is a very fun game and requires quite a bit of thinking as well so play. But once you get started, it is very fun. Your way of thinking in terms of programming paradigm will evolve as you play more games. But in its core it is a legit fun card game that is sure to entertain anyone (more people more fun)!

Pros:

Very fun and interesting way to learn programming. Not to mention, its very much engaging.

Cons:

Can take a bit of thinking to get started, but once you do, its awesome.

I love this game. I've played it with a few different groups and everyone has had a really good time and got really into it.

Pros:

A round is quite quick (after the first time), easy for everyone to learn and the tactics and play book is really well thought through

Cons:

First round takes awhile while everyone figures out the rules

For newbies, it might take a little time to get used to the game play, but weell worth it.

Pros:

Giggly Fun from the get go! Learning without knowing you are coding!

Cons:

Play a round to get to know the rules, they can take some getting used to!

I backed this on kickstarter because the idea seemed both genius and adorable. I was not disappointed! I'd love to see an expansion in the future. I also loved that there was crowd-translating into many languages! Proud to have contributed to the Hebrew translation :)

Pros:

Quick, relatively easy to understand, opens your mind to different thinking patterns.

Cons:

The potatoes are too cute! If playing too slowly, game can feel a but boring.

I'm a computer science teacher at K-12 school and was extremely excited to get a game that used physical components away from a computer to teach programming concepts. I think it can help students focus on the concepts away from the distractions of the internet.

The major challenge with this game is the competition aspect. This makes it so that only a specific group of kids will be engaged enough to tease out the lessons the game is trying to impart. It is very easy to lose, particularly when you're first starting to learn (i.e., the first 30 minutes), and a lot of kids don't handle losing well.

I've had teenage girls who when they started to lose instantly checked out and younger boys who when they started to lose just started sabotaging the game and annoying their friends.

I've also had groups of students who were awesome about it, appropriately silly, and dove into deep strategies (including forming "alliances" with other players) to win the game.

Player elimination, in general, is not a good idea in an educational game IMO and I've found competition games to be tough in a variety of educational settings.

I'm not an "everyone gets a trophy" type of educator but since this game is designed for younger students, I think something that uses collaboration and/or has students competing against themselves would serve a larger group of students.

Just be advised that this game is not optimal for all settings.

Pros:

Engaging

Fun

Gets kids thinking algorithmically

Cons:

Easy to lose early

Only for a specific group of kids

Competition not as good as collaboration

Hey J.D, Those are all very valid comments. In our experience we too have witness some young kids crying after being eliminated from the game. To combat that, we introduce the more complex (and devastating) cards like the if-else cards as well as the surprise cards at a later stage. The hijack card card can really burn bridges! My suggestion for a classroom setting is to play the first game with only the for loops (you can even remove the "for 3" card as its quite powerful), while loops, action cards and the potato king card. This staggers the learning and also evens out the playing field for the players who take longer to grasp the game (like the teenage girls in your class). We've piloted a study with National Institute of Education in Singapore to determine the effectiveness of using Potato Pirates in a computer science classroom and this is the strategy we've adopted across primary (elementary) and secondary (middle) schools. Hope this helps and improves your experience with Potato Pirates! Full speed ahead! Aditya Batura Co-creator of Potato Pirates

I've played this game with my kids and with my students. The silliness of potato pirates roasting other potato pirates masks the serious logical learning that happens in the game. Hail Potato King!

Pros:

Fun family game play, educational, silly, POTATOES!

Cons:

It takes several rounds to learn the basics.