Potato Pirates Board Game Review

Game: Potato Pirates: The Tastiest Coding Card Game
Publisher: Codomo Pte. Ltd.
Available on Kickstarter now.

Players: 3-6
Duration: 30 minutes
Recommended Age: 6+
Age We've Observed: 7+ (Our 6 year-old reviewer wasn't able to read and understand the cards without help.)
Time to Learn: 5 minutes

Potato Pirates Board Game Review

Potato Pirates live in a mini burlap sack when they're home from sea.

Potato Pirates live in a mini burlap sack when they're home from sea.

Game Description/Gameplay

Potato Pirates aims to introduce kids and adults to the world of computer programming in a socially interactive, light card game. Sound boring? It's not. 

The Art of Potato War (also known as the instruction booklet) visually and textually lays out your goal (find all 7 potato kings, or "Bug" cards), and how to achieve your goal (attack other potato pirate ships with Action and Control cards). Our 8 year-old son quickly caught on to the rules and actions, and he had a blast taking out mom and dad's ships. He had absolutely no idea that he was learning coding terminology.

Programming Concepts Covered:

  • Variables
  • Functions
  • While Loops
  • If-Else Conditionals
  • Nested Loops
  • Algorithms & Sequential Logic
  • Interrupts & Control Flow
  • Programming Bugs

You don't know what I'm talking about? Get the game! 

It's perfectly acceptable to only play a green Action Card. But, when an Action Card is paired with an orange Control Card, they can cause so much more damage!

It's perfectly acceptable to only play a green Action Card. But, when an Action Card is paired with an orange Control Card, they can cause so much more damage!

Verdict

Whether you are an educator looking for a classroom game of merit, or a parent who wants to give your child a head start in the programming world, check out Potato Pirates; your kids won't even know they are learning! Computers and technology are advancing at a breakneck speed, and introducing young children (and even adults) to the basic terminology and concepts of coding will only make their future educational experience that much easier. And if you're anything like this reviewer, you might even learn a few things yourself!

All the information you need. And if reading isn't your thing, they've included a QR code to take you straight to video instructions.

All the information you need. And if reading isn't your thing, they've included a QR code to take you straight to video instructions.

Pros

  • Teaches computer programming concepts (no computer needed!)
  • Statistical evidence of increased interest in learning coding, and confidence in learning coding after playing Potato Pirates
  • Easy to understand instructions (and if reading The Art of Potato War isn't for you, check out the video instructions)
  • It's fun! Our 8 year old though it was hilarious attacking mom and dad's ships. 
  • Though it may be aimed at kid's, the adorable artwork and intense action make it fun for adults, too.
  • Cute little pom pom potatoes. Those little guys were flying all over the table in the heat of battle.

Cons

  • None. We loved it! No, it's not Scythe or Terraforming Mars. It is an excellent educational game for children, and for that, we love it!

Gateway Game Score: 10/10
Overall Rating: 9/10

Potato Pirates was reviewed by May Begaming, who may never be fluent in computer programming, but at least she can fling mini potatoes around while she learns.