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iPad App Review: Math Monsters

iPad App Review: Math Monsters

With the redesigned sites done and dusted I finally have time to start reviewing a few of the many, many iPad apps in the ever growing educational apps category. Today’s review spotlight is set on ‘Math Monsters‘ – “Math Monsters is more than just a drag & drop math game with cute, interactive characters – it’s a fun and challenging way for kids, ages 6 and up, to learn and play.”


The Main Menu Screen

First Impressions

Math Monsters‘ is a highly interactive, fun and colourful iPad app with a slick user interface as well as sounds and animations that are sure to be a winner with any (child or adult) player. Overall a very well designed and well presented app.


Basic Gameplay View

Features

The player must use an ‘enter the missing number(s)’ method to solve a variety of maths problems. The game has 4 difficulty modes ranging from age 6 to age 9 and features maths problems using greater/less than, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

One of the best features is the ‘drills’ functionality which allows children to focus on any weaknesses in their maths ability by selecting a single type of problem to practice.


Drills Functionality

Pros

  • Well built with no visible errors or bugs.
  • Fun to play with engaging animations.
  • Easy to pick up and play with simple intuitive drag-and-drop functionality.
  • Currently 69p in the app store and has large replay value due to the range of difficulty modes and ‘drills’
  • A score table is used to encourage players to better their previous attempts

Cons

  • Originally built for the American market so UK teachers may find the age labels do not match up to the difficulty of problems within.
  • Although incredibly cute the sounds heard when pressing the ‘number monsters’ don’t sound quite right. I can’t help but hear “fray” instead of “three”.
  • When presented with numbers greater than ten I feel the sound should represent the whole number such as “fourteen” instead of “one” and “four”

A Good Difficulty Range

Conclusion

Math Monsters‘ is a fun and highly engaging game with a good replay value that is an absolute bargain at 69p. A lot of educational app developers these days seem to think teachers want to pay a fortune for apps and I’m happy to see that Aprenda are not jumping on this bandwagon. You can even test-drive their app online for FREE, although it seems to be much more fun to play on the iPad itself.

I’ve bookmarked their website and am looking forward to seeing what they come up with next!

Author: Jay

Hi! - My name is Jay and I am responsible for all of the website development for Teacher's Pet. In the coming weeks, months and hopefully years I will be posting with news from the Teacher's Pet HQ including giving you a sneak peek at upcoming projects and anything that's under development!

7 Comments to “iPad App Review: Math Monsters”
  1. Thanks so much for the review! I really appreciate all the great feedback. I’ll definitely be following the comments here so if anyone else has feedback, I’d love to hear it.

  2. Thanks for the review. I’ve just recently bought an i-pad and an already frustrated with the process of finding good quality educational apps that are fee/cheap. Would love to see more independent reviews like this one so I can save myself time and money and make the most of my i-pad.

  3. It is an absolute minefield isn’t it!?

    Our Teacher’s Pet – What Time is it Mr Wolf? app is currently only 69p
    http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/what-time-is-it-mr.-wolf-by/id514350448?mt=8

    You can also read Jay’s previous reviews of other apps here http://blog.tpet.co.uk/posts/category/app-software-reviews/

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