US: ThinkFun to launch Robot Turtles in June

Robot Turtles was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history
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Board game firm ThinkFun is launching Kickstarter success Robot Turtles in June.

The 'board game for little programmers' was the most backed board game in Kickstarter history and aims to teach youngsters how to program, before they even start to learn how to read.

Kids ages four to eight play the game with a grown up and use Code Cards and Bug Cards to program their Robot Turtle to reach its matching jewel.

"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."

ThinkFun is collaborating with game inventor Dan Shapiro, whose 2013 Kickstarter campaign to raise $25,000 and produce 1,000 games instead raised $630,000 and shipped 25,000 games.

Robot Turtles will be available from June for $24.99 and can be pre-ordered at ThinkFun.com/robotturtles. Pre-orders will include a free Special Edition Expansion Pack that features new challenges, game tokens and accessories.

Take a look a video explaining the game below:

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