Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues Teaches Kids Coding on Mobile

The game was designed to help young players learn about coding as they help Nancy Drew code her robot puppy and solve the mystery of a missing tech fair project.

Her Interactive launched Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues on mobile. The game is the first title from the company’s new division, Hi Kids, which focuses on mobile games and applications for a younger audience.

Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues was designed to help young players (aged five and up) learn about coding as they help Nancy Drew code her robot puppy and solve the mystery of a missing tech fair project.

In Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues, players will complete hidden object scenes to collect clues connected to the mystery. At the end of each of the game’s six chapters, players will complete a challenge by coding their robot puppy to walk through an obstacle course.

For instance, players may need to code the puppy to walk into a vent to help Nancy and her friends escape a locked room. Users code the puppy by entering step-by-step commands (walk, jump, etc.) to help it navigate the path. Obstacle courses become more complicated over time with the introduction of concepts such as sequences and loops.

Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues was designed to help players develop critical thinking skills in the areas of pattern recognition, spatial visualization, problem solving, algorithmic thinking and attention to detail.

Outside of the game’s main story mode, players can complete additional coding levels in the Obstacle Course mode. Users can also collect in-game charms by completing achievements.

Penny Milliken, CEO of Her Interactive, told SocialTimes:

We are excited to introduce early learners to basic concepts of coding in a fun and engaging manner. Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues is an introductory coding app that will graduate kids into the interlocking coding style that is being taught in some schools. And just like the Nancy Drew books have inspired generations of women, we hope this new app will inspire a new generation to tackle essential 21st century skills.

Nancy Drew: Codes & Clues is available to download for $3.99 on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Amazon Appstore. The game does not include in-app purchases, ads or push notifications.