Kickstart This: Algo-Bot Brings Logic Fun to School

Belgian developer Fishing Cactus LLC has developed Algo-Bot, a PC game in which logic problems hold the key to helping the little titular robot cleanse a power plant of all its toxic waste. Already in a playable Alpha stage, the game has been Greenlit on Steam, and the devs are eager to unroll the remainder of the project. But they need some financial support to achieve this.

Algo is a small blue robot whose task is to collect toxic containers and store them away safely. As Algo’s controller, your task is to find the best series of commands to have Algo execute in order to fulfill its purpose. Algo has a “laziness factor,” which essentially means that the most efficient set of commands is the best one.


The Kickstarter is ambitious, looking to raise $40,000 USD by early August, with a projected delivery date for backer gifts in December of this year. They are particularly appealing to gamers on social media, and have devised a special set of extra gifts which will be distributed to all backers whenever a specific number of social media shares or Kickstarter backers has been reached. As of this writing, they have reached the first two of these goals, meaning that backers will receive (in addition to their other gifts) the badges pack and the first wallpaper pack.

In an interesting turn, the Kickstarter is somewhat altruistic in nature. Fishing Cactus has promised that for every donation they receive for the fundraiser, no matter how big or how small, they will donate a copy of Algo-Bot to a school so that the game can be used in that school’s technology curriculum. Students, and parents of students, are also encouraged to register their schools to be included on the list of those receiving the game.


Watch for more news about Algo-Bot on the Fishing Cactus Facebook, and keep an eye on the Kickstarter to see just how many schools will receive copies of the game later this year.

Laura, to borrow a phrase from Metal Gear Solid 3, has one good eye and can still fire a gun. She refers to herself as a "video dame," and has been an avid gamer on various platforms since she first picked up a Pong controller over 30 years ago. She takes great delight in explaining different games to her husband.