Game On: Potato Pirates 2: Enter the Spudnet
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.
Codomo is a Singapore-based education technology company on a mission to deliver delightful and educational experiences through technology and design. Three years prior, they launched Potato Pirates on Kickstarter. Potato Pirates is a card game that teaches ten hours of programming in just 30 minutes without any computers. Potato Pirates became a global sensation and has been featured on publications like USA Today, Mashable, and The Wall Street Journal as one of the best tools for learning STEM. The game has now been translated into 27 different languages, and the Codomo team is excited to launch this new expansion, Potato Pirates 2: Enter the Spudnet.
Potato Pirates 2: Enter The Spudnet was launched on Kickstarter in January 2020 and fully funded within one hour. Codomo regularly updated backers with updates, stretch goal details, and offered a $1000 Board Game Bundle giveaway. Stretch goals brought new zone, roulette, and malware series cards. A double-sided map, tokens, and an HTTP code series were also unlocked. By the end of the campaign, 2,938 backers pledged S$ 269,423 to help bring this project to life.
Potato Pirates: Enter the Spudnet is inspired by how the internet works, the possible dangers online, and how one can stay safe in cyberspace. In the game, the Spudnet is a web which connects shipping routes throughout the Carobbean Seas. Players are Potato Pirates that compete with other factions to be the more reliable delivery service over on the Spudnet. Players dispatch ships from their warehouses and use their power-ups to either get ahead of their competition or launch cyberattacks to gain the upper hand.
The mechanics of the game reflect the workings of modern computer networking. Players learn how the web works without computers, including IP addresses, routing, firewalls, malware, botnets, data loss, and client-server interactions. There is also a co-op mode where a team can compete against an army of bots. The objective is for players to fulfill all five orders while keeping themselves alive from the bots’ invasion. Potato Pirates aims to bridge the gap between rapidly changing technology concepts and the slow-to-adapt educational curriculum.
To learn more about Codomo and the game they launched on Kickstarter, check out the links and details below.
Number of player: 2-6
Suggested Play Time: 30-60 minutes
Suggested Age: 10+
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Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: January 2020
Ship Date: July 2020