Frequently Asked Questions
If you love playing games as a family or have kids that love playing games with their friends, the Arcade Coder is for you! There's nothing else like it... this takes the playtime of a game console, the family time of a board game and the education of coding, science and technology to create a unique, tactile gaming experience that promotes creativity and collaboration over solo screen time.
This is the result of over 2 years of design, research and development with the primary aim to create a product that kids and families will love together.
Please support the ARCADE CODER so we can all create, code and play amazing games togetherLast updated:
If you're not familiar with Kickstarter, the idea of pledges may seen a bit confusing. Not to worry...
A pledge is the amount you will pay for the product package when it's released. This is essentially the price of the item.
We have various 'pledge tiers' which means we're offering a limited qty of each product package at a heavily discounted rate for early buyers.Last updated:
We have 2 variations of the Arcade Coder... 1 without a carry cases and 1 with a carry case (called plus).
We are offering these 2 variations at different prices depending on how quickly you buy the product
SUPER EARLY BIRD - this package is limited to the first 125 people and includes the Arcade Coder and the Game Studio iOS app. The price varies by currency but is 40% off the RRP (eg £80 instead of £129.99 for UK buyers)
SUPER EARLY BIRD PLUS - this package is limited to the first 125 people and includes the Arcade Coder and the Game Studio iOS app plus a carry case. The price varies by currency but is 40% off the RRP (eg £90 instead of £149.99 for UK buyers)
EARLY BIRD - this package is limited to the next 125 people and includes the Arcade Coder and the Game Studio iOS app. The price varies by currency but is 25% off the RRP (eg £97 instead of £129.99 for UK buyers)
EARLY BIRD PLUS - this package is limited to the next 125 people and includes the Arcade Coder and the Game Studio iOS app plus a carry case. The price varies by currency but is 25% off the RRP (eg £112 instead of £149.99 for UK buyers)
The pledge tier system is to reward the buyers who commit to supporting the Arcade Coder before anyone else with the very best price.Last updated:
Absolutely! We offer educational pledges of 10x Arcade Coders, apps and limited edition cases. Perfect for educators, workshops and coding clubs!Last updated:
Select which pledge tier you want to buy and pledge the amount PLUS whatever delivery charge applies to your country (as detailed on the main page).
So for example, if you are one of the first 125 people and want the Arcade Coder with a carry case and live in the UK, you would pledge £97 (£90 for the product and £7 for the delivery charge)Last updated:
Find out the minimum requirements to run the Games Studio App for your Arcade Coder.
Arcade Coder works with iOS 11 >
The earliest device models supported are as follow;
- iPad Air onwards
- iPad Mini 2 onwards
- iPad Pro onwards
- iPad 5th Gen onwards
For a full list of compatible iOS devices please see here
All devices marked Blue and Green are fully compatible.
Find your device model
Go to Settings > General > About. To the right of Model, you'll see the part number. To see the model number, tap the part number.
You should see a 4 digit number beginning with the letter A. For example A1432. Once identified, find your model here
Due for release February 2020Last updated:
We plan to begin shipping Arcade Coders to our backers in October 2019. Education pledges will ship in November 2019.
Once your Arcade Coder has shipped, you will receive an email with details on how to follow your order's journey.Last updated:
Worldwide - Woohoo!
All products will be shipped by secure and insured tracked shipping.
- UK, EU and ROW orders will be dispatched from a UK based warehouse.
- US orders will be dispatched from a US-based warehouse.Last updated:
Yes, there is a shipping charge for each purchase
UK backers have to pay £6 for the Arcade Coder or £7 for the Arcade Coder with a carry case
US backers have to pay $9 for the Arcade Coder or $10 for the Arcade Coder with a carry case
EU backers have to pay €11 for the Arcade Coder or €12 for the Arcade Coder with a carry case
ROW backers have to pay £15 for the Arcade Coder or £18 for the Arcade Coder with a carry case
Please add these delivery charges to your pledge amountLast updated:
UK and US backers do not have to pay any import charges as the product will be shipped from our local distribution centre in each country.
EU backers will not have to pay any import charges as the product will be shipped from a distribution centre based within the EU.
CA backers will not have to pay any import charges as the product will be shipped from a distribution centre in US and is under $800 in value.
ROW backers may have to pay import charges as their item will be dispatched from a UK based distribution centre. Please visit https://www.simplyduty.com/import-calculator/ to check the costs to your country. We will use the value of your pledge and shipping charge in £GBP with no additional insurance costs as this is included in the shipping cost and the product description is 'Game Console'Last updated:
The product will ship in October with the iOS app but we do have an Android version in development for release in February 2020. We have now added new pledge tiers including the Android version of the app.Last updated:
The Game Studio app uses Blockly, a simple, block-based coding system used to create and modify existing and/or new games.Last updated:
We recommend the minimum age most suitable for the full Arcade Coder experience is 6+ however during testing, children as young as 3 and 4 found great enjoyment in Painter Mode and some of the entry-level projects.
In short, the Arcade Coder is something your kids can grow in to over year and years of playing and learning.Last updated:
The Arcade Coder can be enjoyed with between 1- 4 players. Perfect for single play or with the whole family.Last updated:
The Games Studio App comes with classics games including Snake, Pong and Whac-a-mole. You will also create 3 of your own games following our guided lessons taking you to Games Designer to no time!Last updated:
When game starts
When game updates
When (Sprite) is pressed
When button at (X, Y) is pressed
When X overlaps Y
When X touches Y
When Arcade Coder is shaked
When Arcade Coder is tilted (Direction)
When round starts
When round ends
"Round in progress" for using in conditions
Sprite getter for inserting into other blocks
Place (Sprite) at (X, Y)
Place (Sprite) in free position
Move (Sprite) by (X, Y)
Change costume of (Sprite) to (Costume)
Change costume of (Sprite) to random
X position of (Sprite) getter
Y position of (Sprite) getter
Set speed of (Sprite) to (X, Y)
Change speed of (Sprite) by (X, Y)
X speed of (Sprite) getter
Y speed of (Sprite) getter
Original (Sprite) getter
Clones of (Sprite) getter
Clone (Sprite) as (variable)
Things we're currently working on
- Working with lists of sprites
- More blocks related to which direction Sprites touch/overlap with each other
- Changing costumes to e.g. next / costume at index
- Current costume getter for using in conditionsLast updated:
Yes, a 1-year warranty is included with the Aracde Coder.Last updated:
The Legacy Bundle is a limited package available for 5 days from September 6th until 11th that consists of;
1 x Arcade Coder
1 x iOS Game Studio App
1 x Carry Case
1 x Gamer Kit (our original game coding kit)
The total price is £135 which is the equivalent of the Super Early Bird pricing of 40% off the Arcade Coder, Game Studio App & Carry Case RRP and 50% off the Gamer Kit RRP (normally £89.99).
If you have pledged for the Super Early Bird package and now want the Legacy Bundle, please go to the campaign page, click MANAGE MY PLEDGE and change your pledge to the Legacy Bundle.Last updated:
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