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.”
‘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.
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.
- 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
- 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”
‘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!