Turing Tumble is a completely new type of game (ages 8 to adult) where players build mechanical computers, powered by marbles, to solve a series of fun logic puzzles in order to rescue Alia the space engineer from a forgotten planet. Unlike other coding games, Turing Tumble teaches not only coding, but also how computers work. Players use a set of 6 different types of parts to build computers that can generate patterns, add, subtract, multiply, divide, compare numbers, and much, much more.
What makes Turing Tumble unique?
Turing Tumble is truly unlike anything else out there. Here are the big ways it stands out:
There are many games out now (electronic and board) that attempt to teach kids how to code with varying degrees of success, but they all treat computers like abstract, black boxes. They teach how computers behave, but not how they work. And it’s so unfortunate because it’s the most amazing concept of all: how a bunch of simple switches, connected together in clever ways, can do incredibly smart things. Turing Tumble is the only game they are aware of that teaches this fundamental concept.
Turing Tumble engages the senses in learning how computers work. It lets players actually see and feel how computers work. There’s nothing like that on the market now.
It takes a completely new approach to teach coding. When kids are learning how to code, they get bogged down right away with language syntax: proper spellings, semicolons in the right places, etc. It takes a while fighting with syntax before they can finally begin learning how to write algorithms to accomplish useful tasks. In Turing Tumble, programs are coded without any language at all. Instead, programs are coded by where different parts are placed on the board. It builds raw programming skill without an initially steep learning curve.
Kids can build this raw coding skill and learn the fundamentals of how computers work with no screen time and no electronics.
It’s fun to watch and play with. Even if you don’t learn a thing from it, everybody likes marble runs and it makes an attractive display. It’s fun to set up the board with different parts on it and just watch what happens when balls run through it.
It’s the only mechanical computer on the market. No matter who you are, mechanical computers are just plain cool. And it’s a Turing-complete mechanical computer to boot, which means that if the board were big enough, it could do anything a regular computer can do.