Zombeez Slasher Helps Students Memorize SI Prefixes

John —  September 6, 2011 — 1 Comment
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How many ohms are in a gigaohm?  Ever wonder how small a zeptometer is?  If you or your child has played Zombeez Slasherthen you’re probably in the know when it comes to standard units of measure.  BTW, a gigaohm is one billion ohms and a zeptometer is 0.000000000000000000001 meters.

Zombeez Slasher by Twist Education takes what could be a very tedious task (memorization) and makes it fun.  You goal is to slash the Zombeez by correctly identifying the appropriate prefix before your town is overrun by the giant undead insects.

The full moon is buried by clouds the color of doom.  Lightning flashes sharp shadows across the graveyard, where tombstones push from the earth like rows of broken teeth. Thunder grumbles down at you and the air reeks of ozone and spoiled earth.

From behind the graves comes a sound like fear itself.  The unearthly buzz becomes a roar,  its source a glowing hive suspended from a branch like a hangman’s noose.  Strange forms swarm from the cracked opening and head straight for you.

Your blood runs cold as you realize they are no longer alive.  Grab your chainsaw. You must save the world from ZomBeeZ!

If you’re worried about any gore associated with this game, don’t be (get it?).  The cartoon Zombeez explode in a ball of slime similar to the slime you’d see on Nickelodeon in the 80′s.  Every parent needs to decide what is best for their children but I’d venture that there is more objectionable material in Saturday morning cartoons than in this game.

 

Game play is very straight-forward and can be played by young children.  You’re given a target value, prefix, or abbreviation and must choose the correct value, prefix, or abbreviation associated with the target.  Choosing the right answer gives you points while choosing the wrong answer deducts points.  A life meter monitors your health and runs down if you answer a question incorrectly or choose not to answer.  When the life meter runs down the game is over.  Very simple but very fun.  If you choose to create a profile, your score could appear on a leader board at Twist Education’s website.
The game also features an order of magnitudes table and slideshow to help you and your student understand the scale of sizes being addressed in the game.

One complaint I have is that it takes too long for the game to actually start. There’s a small intro video that you only want to watch once but comes up every time the app is started and it take a while to load the game. Once the game is started things move along at a reasonable pace.

Overall, Zombeez Slasher gets my approval. This little game will have your children memorizing standard units of measure in no time while keeping the world safe from those scary Zombeez.

Zombeez Slasher is available in the iTunes app store for $2.99 and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  Rated 9+ for: Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence and Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes

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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of the software that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was/am not expected to return this item after my review. DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: http://cmp.ly/1

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