YC-Backed CodeCombat Wants You To Learn To Code By Playing Games

TechCrunch

So you’ve decided you want to learn to code, but don’t know where to start. There are dozens of services out there that can help you find your way, but a new YC-backed company wants to teach you how to code through gamification.

The web-based game teaches rudimentary JavaScript fundamentals, including everything you’d learn in an introductory computer science course, by forcing you to code your way through the game. In order to get from one level to the next, you must understand the lesson being taught and prove it through writing your own code.

It’s an RPG-style game that has a beginner, single-player campaign as well as a multiplayer option for more advanced coders. The game is targeted at high schoolers who are looking to learn the basics in a fun way, and according to cofounder George Saines, it’s “growing like crazy.”

The company was founded back in February…

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