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I saw the video for this and wasn’t overly impressed. We had purchased the Genius Kit and Pizza Co which are brilliant but this didn’t grab my attention.
Then I learned that my 6 year old daughter was learning Coding with a different system. I looked into that system and immediately thought that it sounded similar to this in many ways. So we bit the bullet and a family member bought this for my daughter’s birthday (which was just over a week ago). Our daughter loves it and keeps asking to play it. I asked her if it was like the other system they use in her class and she said yes and this was just as much fun.
It literally encourages your child to plot a route to collect strawberries using Coding tiles. The more you collect in one go, the higher the score. Your score is rewarded with leaves which you ‘plant’ in another part of the game (which you can go to at any point). The plants grow colourful eggs which can be used to obtain things in a campsite. Sleeping bag, tent, pond, duck etc. You can move up, down, left, right, jump, grab to the side and repeat. You can instruct on how many times to move in a direction or how many times to jump etc. All good fun.
So from being uninterested and thinking what’s the point of this, I’m now really pleased we have got it and understand the educational aspect of the game. Our daughter loves it so much, she actually bought Coding Jam with her birthday money.
Bought many Osmo sets at once. While most of them are easily 4-5 stars - this one is not I’m afraid. While the actual game and set is fun and interesting (and challenging later on) - it’s let down by software stability. Or lack of stability, really. It crashes on the latest generation iPad Air randomly and obviously when you are about to finish the level - because this is how life works in general. I do wish Osmo fix the app, then I will easily increase my rating. But until then it will be collecting dust and my daughter will be playing the rest of these mostly great games.
I am really impressed with the quality of this product, my 5 year old loves it. Not too interested in the word game at the moment, but loves the numbers and tangram. I purchased 'pizza co' and 'coding awbie' separately and he loves these too. All the osmo apps are free but you do need the osmo stand and reflector for the iPad or tablet (we use iPad). I did not buy the base for monster app, we found a white board or paper (but you have to keep using a new piece of paper with each drawing) did the job (sorry osmo) same with the newton app, we found the reflector could see lego pieces and used this info to make the game playable without purchasing all the pieces. I do highly recommend and am saving for the detective board for geography.. well done osmo.
Nothing in this starter kit can't be done on the cheap, such as good old fashion pen and paper because of this it makes osmo a lot of money, but I think the next generation just learn more interactively with tech. I'm happy because I got a discount at Christmas, I also found with research that I could save some money by buying the genius starter kit and adding other games that need interactive board and pieces etc. you might find you can by the base and reflector and then just get the free apps, that way you can use pen and paper for e.g. And then decide if you want to pay up. Although they do grow with this product, at least over the next 10 years!
Bought as a Christmas gift to expand our existing osmos collection. Needed a little support from an adult, as the system supports them and daughter is coding like a pro. Already had to increase the age range to make it more challenging.