Multiplication Blocks by MSE Games is a puzzle game that presents the times tables in a different way. Players are presented with a block of numbers that they must tap or swipe to create multiplication problems. A falling solution, or answer, makes its way to the ground and users must quickly find the connecting factors that equal that number when multiplied together. Get extra points be stringing more than 2 factors together.
The game also has a speed aspect. Each level is timed and children must clear the board before time runs out. To make it more difficult, if students can't find the factors before the falling solution hits the ground, it turns into a brick. These stack up to end the game as well. The app also has adjustable levels. In the options menu, users can adjust the speed, difficulty, and mode to three different levels.
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I love apps that make children think in non-traditional ways. By giving children the solution and asking them to find the factors, children have to be able to use multiplication facts, not just regurgitate them. The parallel to other falling block type games also creates a hook for kids looking to play games. As a teacher, I like that the levels are adjustable. This makes the app appropriate for children at all different levels of fact mastery. Lastly the game is simple, making it easy for children to use independently.
Launch price- $0.99/£0.69/€0.89 - RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79 - iTunes
At the time of this review, there were no ads, in-app purchases, or external links within the app.
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Addition Blocks for Education is a fun puzzle game focusing on basic addition skills. Test your speed as you work to link digits to equal a falling sum. With multiple answers to every problem, this stacking game gives children the freedom to explore addition in a fun way.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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