Google Launches Adorable Game App ‘Grasshopper’ That Teaches Anyone To Code



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The creative industry is increasingly competitive. Whereas companies used to be on the lookout for designers only astute in their fields of knowledge, most brands now prefer to work with jacks of all trades and masters of none.

At present, even toymakers have created products to teach young kids how to code. To drive the point home that coding is for anyone and everyone, a team of Googlers has created ‘Grasshopper’, a game designed to keep beginners versed in this coveted expertise.

Developed by Google’s product experimentation group Area 120, the mobile app dishes out visual puzzles to conceal the strains of learning JavaScript.

“Coding is becoming such an essential skill, and we want to make it possible for everyone to learn even when life gets busy,” the app’s creators describe on its website.

After going through a preparatory tutorial, players are thrown coding puzzles involving them to enter real JavaScript codes—but they’re only allowed a few taps to complete each stage. Challenges get even trickier as users progress in the game.

Laura Holmes, founder of the app, says, “For one-third of our users, ‘Grasshopper’ is the first time they’ve ever encountered coding. Many people think that coding isn’t for them or don’t have the access and time needed to consider it as a viable career path, and we want to help change that perception.”

To keep you fuelled, ‘Grasshopper’ also includes achievements, progress markers, and coding streaks.

The game, which is compatible with iOS and Android, is now in its early stages, and more content will be added in the coming months.



Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background images via Grasshopper



Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background images via Grasshopper

[via TechCrunch, images via Grasshopper]

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