Hackstage Pass isn’t the BBC’s first foray into coding games but the neat thing about this effort is the sheer playability. It’s a game first and a teaching tool second. No carts before the horses here. Run different DJs through a classic platform environment and when you hit trouble, hack your way out by tweaking gameplay values like jump height and forward movement.
Playable on various platforms, two modes cater for different tastes, one with plenty of levels and the other a fiendish endless runner. The interface takes some getting used to but it’s the simplest we’ve seen and really drills home the basics of programming.
Why we love it
- Simple system that doesn’t overload the player
- Great example of HTML5 going multi-platform
- Playful art style