Factsheet

Developer:
Codemancer
Based in Chicago, Illinois

Founding date:
2014

Website:
https://codemancergame.com

Press / Business contact:
contact@codemancergame.com

Social:
https://twitter.com/bobbylox
Facebook

Releases:
itch.io
Google Play
Amazon Kindle
App Store
Steam

Phone:
N/A

Description

Codemancer brings the mysteries of magic and the exhilaration of learning code together in a fantasy universe that utilizes spell casting as a means for teaching and learning programming skills. Codemancer’s fantasy universe is filled with rival sorcerers and their minions that players encounter along the journey. Codemancer is a non-violent, entertaining, and educational game designed to be inclusionary and accessible to learners at any stage. Features include a gender-neutral fantasy setting with a female protagonist, a narrative backbone, and a language that’s designed to be easy to understand by kids with varying degrees of skill, from strong readers to those that need a little extra help. Codemancer breaks down barriers that may have discouraged some kids from embracing technology and elevates their screentime to be more productive and entertaining, so it doesn’t come across as a typical coding or technology game.

History

Early history

Important Little Games Inc. (the creators of Codemancer) is a design and production studio for educational games.  Our mission is to create games that have a real impact on our players’ understanding, intuition and enjoyment of the subject at hand. That's why our goal is to cover all the same material you would cover in a typical Programming 101 course at University.

After that

While that may sound daunting, especially for 6-12 year olds, we've gone to great lengths to ensure it's accessibility to all ages. Most importantly, we've done a lot to focus on the user flow ongoing engagement by developing a unique and captivating story. The narrative is inspired by popular works of young adult fantasy - Harry Potter, Mistborn, The Golden Compass, The Neverending Story, The Wizard of Earthsea, The Last Airbender and many more.  These stories have captured the minds of several generations of young children.  A good story can move millions to pick up a book, and we think it can move millions more to start programming.


Videos

Trailer YouTube


Images

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Awards & Recognition

  • "Staff Pick" - Kickstarter, 2014
  • "2nd Place, Best in Show" - Games Learning Society, 2016
  • "Crowd Funded" - Kickstarter, 2014

PC Gamer
How Developers Build the Tutorials You Skip Click Here.

Stitcher: EduTechGuys Podcast
S3E24 - Important Little Game - Codemancer Click Here.

Venture Beat
12 games that teach kids to code — and are even fun, too Click Here.

South Side Weekly
Learn Hard, Play Hard: Two South Side game developers are building a silver age for edugames Click Here.

So Many Bits Podcast
168: Codemancer w/ Bobby Lockhart Click Here.

Boing Boing
Kickstarting Codemancer, a game to teach programming to kids (especially girls) Click Here.

Escapist Magazine
Coding Clementines: Black Girls Make Games, Too Click Here.

Kotaku
This is Codemancer, AKA Programming 101: The Game. Click Here.

Group Think
Teaching girls to code Click Here.

Fayer Wayer
Codemancer: El juego que enseña a los pequeños a programar Click Here.

Polygon
Teaching kids to code, and to empathize, lies at the heart of Codemancer Click Here.

iFanzine
‘Codemancer’ Is an Educational Fantasy Game That Introduces Kids to the Magic of Code Click Here.

GameSkinny
INTERVIEW: Codemancer Teaches Programming to Children... And Makes It Fun! Click Here.

Inventor Spot
Codemancer's A Game That'll Teach Kids About Programming And Inclusiveness Click Here.



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