Hakitzu: Code of the Warrior was one of the most exciting apps for kids to have been released this year. Why? First, because it’s teaching kids to program. Second, because it’s doing that with GIANT ROBOTS.

When it was released in March, Hakitzu was a free download. Four months later, the app is coming out of ‘public beta’ and turning into a paid product, with a great-sounding Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers update.

As before, the idea is that children – we’re guessing 10ish and up age-wise – learn to code in the JavaScript language by customising and battling their robots either along, or against friends online. What’s new is four new “coding styles” to further improve children’s programming skills, and earn them more points to beef up their ‘bots.

“The added gameplay helps a new player learn the basics of JavaScript as they progress through the game and an existing player the ability to hone their skills,” explains Frank Meehan, boss of the app’s developer Kuato Studios.

Hakitzu Elite: Robot Hackers now costs £1.99 on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. The game also uses in-app purchases to buy virtual “bytes” in chunks of 10 (for 69p) and 40 (for £1.99).

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