Math Mathews - Turning Multiplication Facts into Pirate’s Treasure
Math Mathews, by Kiupe, is available for the iPad. There are three mini-games within the app that approach multiplication from slightly different angles. One is a multiple choice game that steers the boat around obstacles. A second game uses a missing element (7 X ? = 56) to smash boxes of TNT. A third game requires “backward thinking” to come up with a fact that has a particular answer (? X ? = 49) in order to outdistance the hot lava. Responses are timed out after about 10 seconds, and although the correct answers are provided when a wrong answer is given, a perfect round is required to gain a piece of the treasure. Bonus rounds allow the adventurer to accumulate gold coins and treasure chests full of pirate booty.
Multiplications with Math Mathews has lots of elements that will make it a hit with the 8-10 year old crowd: kids as main characters, pirate ships, treasure chests, hot lava, evil spells, Jamaican steel drum music, and a big, hairy ape/pirate. The three main characters, Math Mathews, Carl, and Celia, are drawn in graphic novel style, with enough sass and swagger to appeal to kids this age. This app also has something that parents will appreciate: there are no ads, no in-app purchases, and no social media connections.
Mathews’ story is a sad one: once a handsome captain, he was turned into an octopus by his enemy, Buck, and he must recover the three parts of the Necklace of Sylla and bring them to the sacred cave in order to be turned back into a human. It’s all there in one app- a great setting, fun characters, quick action, and a solid learning opportunity.
Multiplications with Math Mathews has a great concept, and I think it could be very beneficial for a lot of kids, except for the fact that there is no way to save a game in progress. As a result, a child could be 80% of the way toward earning a special treasure piece that unlocks magical powers, but if he quits before he reaches it, all progress is lost and he must start over. That wouldn’t be so bad if it meant redoing only 5 or 10 minutes, but with this game, you could be talking about 45-55 minutes. That’s a big investment of time for an 8-10 year old. Nevertheless, I would still recommend you consider purchasing Multiplications with Math Mathews for your child.
Multiplications with Math Mathews is available for download via the iTunes App Store - Universal App
Promo Price - Free - RRP - $2.99/£1.99/2.69
Julie Peterson is a educator currently working in a school setting, serving children with special needs ages 6-14. She’s always on the lookout for fun, creative ways to help kids memorize multiplication facts.
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