Flippy Bit And The Attack Of The Hexadecimals From Base 16
We at Q42 have teamed up with Russian psychologist Kateryna Afinogenova to create this experiment to test her recent study in which a group of 420 kids were shown to have a natural talent for doing bitwise operations and conversions to hexadecimals.
"Seven percent of the test group could bitshift" she said to Scientific World News in an exclusive interview, which caught our nerdy attention. Especially the following statement:
"While adults have trouble with binary numbers, from around the age of two, children can not only calculate on a binary scale, but even translate from binary to hexadecimal - and back."
We were able to contact her and collaborate remotely on this experimental game that allows kids to literally do that conversion. Afinogenova requested to omit a tutorial to further emphasize the adoption difficulty between adults and children.
We were amazed by the results. You can be amazed too! Play the game and find out!
Ratings and Reviews
I wanted to see how well I could learn how to play this game and bitshift, and at first I got frustrated by dying over and over as I tried to figure everything out. It became a lot of fun though once I knew what I was doing.
It would be really cool if there was something where you could put in your age and compare how you did to people in your age group and people outside of it like the kids from the study. I'm curious to see if I (an adult) learned how to bitswitch as quickly as the kids did.
I downloaded this app so I could learn hex better. It did the trick, but I found out how addictive flippy bit is. My annoyances are, not being able to flip two or more bits concurrently. I play it two handed, come on, let me type in both numbers at the same time. Second, the missiles take way too long to fire. The animation is annoyingly long and I keep watching myself get a game over even though I typed in the correct value.
It's too nerdy for you
Fun but unfinished. There's too much lag between getting the bit and launching the missile. There should be a free play mode. The buttons are a little slow to respond sometimes. I hope they make an update in the future.
The object of the game is to make the 8-bit binary number that corresponds to the 2 digit hexadecimal number on the back of the bad guys.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.