Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.
Play involves working through the instructions to build complex robots that not only move but respond to your presence and different prompts in the environment like colour and barriers. Once you’ve built a robot you then use the free app to “program” how it behaves.
Both the building and programming is very approachable. You are walked through each stage with instructional videos and debugging assistance. The programming is with simple dragging and dropping in a Scratch-like environment. After completing the builds you can take on different activities, like teaching robots behaviour or extended builds.
The kit provides all you need to create the following basic robots, before making your own creations:
- Charlie: Humanoid robot with a focus on character and emotion through display and sounds.
- Blast: Humanoid robot with a focus on action. This smart robot detects intruders and blasts them with darts.
- Tricky: Sports robot with an emphasis on different skill games like basketball, football, bowling and drawing.
- MVP: Is a customisable rover robot with attachments for dune, race, turret and brick eater modes.
- Gelo: Quadroped creature that uses colour and distance sensor to navigate the environment.
You can use PlayStation and Xbox controllers to control and interact with the robots. Alternatively you can build a controller on your Smartphone so you can interact via the touch screen.
The result is a game-like challenge that offers a friendly and approachable way into robotics and programming.
Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Content Rating: PEGI 3
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Genres: Brain Game, Creative, Sequencing and Simulation
8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Provided a child has good dexterity and build proficiency a younger child can enjoy this.
We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Lego Mindstorms Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features.
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