Game Review: Erase All Kittens

This is the first of many game reviews in our ‘Game of Code’ Week.

Review by Jenn

“Long long ago, in the times of the ancient Internet, humans lived in a world without kitten GIFs…” Thus begins the HTML/CSS learning game of Erase All Kittens. The game has a creative premise that all the cute things on the Internet have banded together to eliminate the kitten GIFs which had gained domination in the hearts of Internet users. You play as Arca, a little cat-like creature who has been rejected by all the Internet objects, and kittens are your only friends.

 You are Arca, and you want to save your only friends, the kittens.

You are Arca, and you want to save your only friends, the kittens.

As Arca you journey through different levels to save kitten GIFs. The only way to complete each level is using HTML or CSS to manipulate the objects on the screen. The narration is calm, the tutorials are easy to follow and overall game play is non-intimidating. Best of all, completing a level rewards you with a kitten GIF!

This game could be recommended for any beginner of HTML, no matter what age. Its ease of play could be comprehended by early elementary age students, and its cuteness and quirkiness would be appreciated even by an older generation.

 Sample level of Erase All Kittens, try to get Arca to the other side by editing the length of custom HTML class “ledge.”

Sample level of Erase All Kittens, try to get Arca to the other side by editing the length of custom HTML class “ledge.”

Erase All Kittens is created by Drum Roll. Their aim is to provide kids with their first steps towards digital literacy in the most entertaining way possible. At Bold Idea, Inc., we’re all about using the power of coding for good. What is better good than getting kids excited to become HTML experts and saving kittens?

Drum Roll is still developing the game and looking for help to code, translate and even provide voice overs. The first couple of levels are available for demo on their site — https://eraseallkittens.com/. These levels feature learning on basic HTML topics of classes, headers, divs and an introduction to style sheets.

Play Erase All Kittens with your kids, play it with your friends, play it by yourself! Just remember, in this game of code, you either win or the kitten GIFs die.