Welcome!

News Feed Item

ThinkFun Releases Kickstarter Sensation Robot Turtles™, The Board Game For Little Programmers, To Families Everywhere

Pre-Orders Now Available Featuring Free Special Edition Expansion Pack That Doubles Game Play

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ThinkFun®, Inc., the world's leading developer of addictively fun games that sharpen your mind, will bring Kickstarter sensation Robot Turtles™, the board game for little programmers, to the market in concert with national movements supporting code literacy and STEM education. ThinkFun is internationally known for Laser Maze, Rush Hour® and Zingo!®.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140131/NY56468 )

Robot Turtles is the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and teaches kids as young as four how to program before they even learn to read. Widely available this June for $24.99, ThinkFun is launching pre-orders today at ThinkFun.com/robotturtles in anticipation of high demand. Pre-orders will include a free Special Edition Expansion Pack that doubles game play and features new challenges, game tokens and accessories.

"Last month, President Obama came out in support of Code.org's Hour of Code, saying, 'Don't just buy a new video game. Make one.' We couldn't agree more," said Bill Ritchie, ThinkFun President and Co-Founder. "Until Robot Turtles, a screen-free option for teaching code to the critical preschool age group did not exist. This game sneakily teaches programming basics amid silly family fun."

Tale of the Turtles

ThinkFun's passion for code literacy is rooted in its co-founder's family, with Bill's brother Dennis Ritchie considered by many to be the greatest coder of all time. Dennis Ritchie was awarded the National Medal of Technology for creating the C programming language and co-creating the UNIX operating system.  ThinkFun hails Robot Turtles as a tribute to Dennis Ritchie, who died in 2011. "Robot Turtles is an important first step in ThinkFun's commitment to code literacy," continued Bill Ritchie. "My brother Dennis would have loved it!"

Robot Turtles is inspired by Logo, an educational programming language designed in the 1960s, remembered fondly for its turtle graphics. In bringing Robot Turtles to the market, ThinkFun is collaborating with game inventor Dan Shapiro, a self-proclaimed Geek Dad who wanted to give his four-year-old twins what he feels is the single greatest superpower – the skill of programming. His 2013 Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 and produce 1,000 games made history when it raised $630,000 and shipped 25,000 games. With players calling the game a "big hit," "great educational tool," "sheer genius," "10 stars!" and "very simple," Robot Turtles has proven entertaining, educational and a boon to early childhood critical thinking skills – a perfect fit with ThinkFun's mission to change the world through play.

Robot Turtles Role Reversal – Kids Boss the Grown Ups!

Kids ages four to eight play the game with a grown up, using Code Cards and Bug Cards to program their Robot Turtle to reach its matching jewel. As you advance, the game incorporates obstacles like Ice Walls and more complex Code Cards like lasers. Best part? Kids have all the control, acting as programmers to control the parent, who becomes the computer. As kids create code, parents respond with goofy beeps, bops and zaps, eliciting shrieking delight and belly laughs. Robot Turtles is played with one adult and up to four kids.  

To pre-order Robot Turtles with the free Special Edition Expansion Pack, watch a video and soak up game play, please  visit ThinkFun.com/robotturtles.

About ThinkFun, Inc.

ThinkFun is the world's leader in addictively fun games that challenge your mind and inspire creative thinking. Nearly 30 years ago, ThinkFun was founded with a dream to change the world through play. ThinkFun continues to expand on that dream every day with games, mobile apps and global education programs. To learn more about ThinkFun, go to www.thinkfun.com.

SOURCE ThinkFun, Inc.

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Everyone wants to use containers, but monitoring containers is hard. New ephemeral architecture introduces new challenges in how monitoring tools need to monitor and visualize containers, so your team can make sense of everything. In his session at @DevOpsSummit, David Gildeh, co-founder and CEO of Outlyer, will go through the challenges and show there is light at the end of the tunnel if you use the right tools and understand what you need to be monitoring to successfully use containers in your...
Financial Technology has become a topic of intense interest throughout the cloud developer and enterprise IT communities. Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, June 6-8, 2017, will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Interoute, owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York, New York. Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe's largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 12 data centers, 14 virtual data centers and 31 colocation centers, with connections to 195 add...
In recent years, containers have taken the world by storm. Companies of all sizes and industries have realized the massive benefits of containers, such as unprecedented mobility, higher hardware utilization, and increased flexibility and agility; however, many containers today are non-persistent. Containers without persistence miss out on many benefits, and in many cases simply pass the responsibility of persistence onto other infrastructure, adding additional complexity.
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud taking place June 6-8, 2017, at Javits Center, New York City, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long developm...
The age of Digital Disruption is evolving into the next era – Digital Cohesion, an age in which applications securely self-assemble and deliver predictive services that continuously adapt to user behavior. Information from devices, sensors and applications around us will drive services seamlessly across mobile and fixed devices/infrastructure. This evolution is happening now in software defined services and secure networking. Four key drivers – Performance, Economics, Interoperability and Trust ...
Grape Up is a software company, specialized in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the USA and Europe, we work with a variety of customers from emerging startups to Fortune 1000 companies.
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across supply chain networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost and time for product recall as well as advance trade. Are you curious about Blockchain and how it can provide you with new opportunities for innovation and growth? In her session at 20th Cloud Exp...
Cybersecurity is a critical component of software development in many industries including medical devices. However, code is not always written to be robust or secure from the unknown or the unexpected. This gap can make medical devices susceptible to cybersecurity attacks ranging from compromised personal health information to life-sustaining treatment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Clark Fortney, Software Engineer at Battelle, will discuss how programming oversight using key methods can incre...
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Aruna Ravichandran, vice president of DevOps Product and Solutions Marketing at CA Technologies, has been named co-conference chair of DevOps at Cloud Expo 2017. The @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Multiple data types are pouring into IoT deployments. Data is coming in small packages as well as enormous files and data streams of many sizes. Widespread use of mobile devices adds to the total. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists will look at the tools and environments that are being put to use in IoT deployments, as well as the team skills a modern enterprise IT shop needs to keep things running, get a handle on all this data, and deli...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
Did you know that you can develop for mainframes in Java? Or that the testing and deployment can be automated across mobile to mainframe? In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Vaughn Marshall, Sr. Principal Product Owner at CA Technologies, will discuss and demo how increasingly teams are developing with agile methodologies using modern development environments and automating testing and deployments, mobile to mainframe.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Grape Up will exhibit at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct. 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Grape Up is a software company specializing in cloud native application development and professional services related to Cloud Foundry PaaS. With five expert teams that operate in various sectors of the market across the U.S. and Europe, Grape Up works with a variety of customers from emergi...
Translating agile methodology into real-world best practices within the modern software factory has driven widespread DevOps adoption, yet much work remains to expand workflows and tooling across the enterprise. As models evolve from pockets of experimentation into wholescale organizational reinvention, practitioners find themselves challenged to incorporate the culture and architecture necessary to support DevOps at scale. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Anand Akela, Senior...