Math Mathews Makes Multiplication an Adventure [App Review] – The Wired Homeschool

Getting your kids to practice multiplication tables can sometimes be a chore. Finding a way to make it fun and exciting can sometimes be difficult. With Math Mathews your kids will not only practice their multiplication facts but also have fun playing an excellent game.

Description

Join the crew of Captain Mathews and dive into epic adventures! Will you be brave enough to break the curse which turned Captain Mathews into an octopus?

Features :
– Three mini-games created with speech therapists and based on three differents methods to practice math
– Monitoring tools for parents to track progress
– Up to 7 different player accounts can be created
– Safe environment : no ads, no web, no in-app purchase… Only the game !
– Original music (by 4TrakZ)

Review

math-mathews-screen2Yarr! Ready for an adventures on the high seas? Join Captain Mathews on his quest to find the necklace of Sylla and reverse the curse that turned him into an octopus. Along the way, players will have to solve various multiplication problems in order to progress through each mini game.

As player progress through the game they can collect badges and coins that demonstrate their mastery of multiplication, however, each mini game must be completed without mistakes to get a portion of the necklace of Sylla which will return Captain Mathews to his human form. Make a mistake and players will have to repeat the level.

After each mini-game there is a bonus round. In the bonus round, players have the opportunity earn extra treasure and gold. In the bonus round, if you make too many mistakes you won’t be able to complete the round.

Each level of the game feature different multiplication problems. The first level, the Island of Takoga, players must find the result of a multiplication problem. For example, 6X7=?

math-mathews-screenThe second level, the Island of Kariba, players must identify one of the multipliers in the problem. For example, 6X?=42

The secret temple on the Island of Hiriga is the third and final level and here player must identify the two multipliers to get the result. For example, ?X?=42, so multiple answers are correct.

Parents can track the progress of their child in the captain’s notebook. There are also hints to finding addition bonus and badges.

What I Liked

The game-play, graphics, and story all fit together nicely and it presents the concepts of multiplication very well. Kids don’t need to have super hand-eye coordination to play this game and my son who doesn’t really like to do his math worksheets really likes the game.

What Could Be Improved

It would be nice for parents to configure the game to focus on specific times tables. This would help reinforce trouble areas. There is a practice section but being able to tune the game for a child’s weak areas would be very helpful.

Final Thoughts

It’s great to finally get a game that holds my child’s interest and combines that with great learning. In the past, most games that hold my 10-yr old’s interest have been too easy. This game hit the entertainment and education sweet spot, it’s a treasure buried in the App Store.

iTunesMath Mathews is rated 4+ and costs $1.99. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Math Mathews is also available for Android

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