KidgitZ - It adds up to fun!

Common Sense Media says

Watered-down version of DigitZ is still a great math game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The rules and controls are quite simple to learn. The game starts off easy and gets faster as you go along (although older players can choose to start at a higher level or increase the speed manually). While Kidgitz is meant to be easier than its sister game, Digitz, there's one aspect in which it can actually be more difficult. The falling blocks are larger here, which means they fill up the screen quicker causing your game to end.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that KidgitZ is a Tetris-like game in which the falling blocks have numbers on them. In order to eliminate the blocks, players tap a series of them with digits that add up to a target number. Kids can choose the target number themselves. While KidgitZ is meant to be a more kid-friendly version of DigitZ, it can actually be harder in that it has bigger blocks -- and therefore fewer are needed to fill the screen and end the game. Know that the original Digitz has multiple difficulty levels and can be tailored to suit younger children.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun and exciting arcade-style game includes quick-thinking math pratice and some nice customizable features. Changing the falling block tiles can help increase engagement as kids play with different styles.

Learning Approach

Kids get to choose their target number for each round, which gives them a chance to calculate the same problems over and over again, promoting memorization of math facts. The game automatically starts on the slowest, easiest level.

Support

Brief written instructions. The pause button allows kids to take a break and game mode lets users pick the level on which they want to start. There's also a slider bar to increase or decrease speed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • arithmetic

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Kids can learn to make quick math calculations by choosing number blocks that add up to target numbers from 4 to 12. Kids choose only one target number for each round, which gives them a chance to calculate the same problems over and over again. For example, if the target number is 5, kids repeatedly look for the pairs 0/5, 1/4, and 2/3. This helps kids transfer math facts to long-term memory and improves their math fluency. KidgitZ is a fun and customizable game that helps young kids gain basic addition skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

Kids first choose a target number they want to practice adding up to, from 4 to 12. The default mode starts kids at Level 1 and goes up from there, but in the settings, kids can change the game mode to give level options at the beginning as well. Kids tap on falling number blocks that add up to the target number in the bottom right corner of the screen. If they are correct, the blocks disappear and kids earn points. Kids lose if the blocks stack up to the top of the screen. Kids can adjust the speed of falling blocks in the settings menu.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If KIDGITZ existed all by itself, this would be a completely glowing review. The game is fun and exciting with great math lessons built in and some nice customizable features. Kids get to choose the target number they want to add up to, and the game automatically starts on the slowest, easiest level (though older kids can adjust this through the menu). They can also add some extra challenge by switching from numbered cubes to dice, which forces you to mentally tally all the dots. But pretty much everything you get here, you can also get from DigitZ (also by TapDream Arts) -- and DigitZ offers a lot more levels, more customization, and a greater age range. KidgitZ might feel like the lesser of these two sister apps, but on its own, it's still a very nice math game.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids set up the app to meet their learning needs. If the app is too easy for them, check out DigitZ, a version for kids with more advanced addition skills.

  • Watch as your kids play and make note of which equations are tricky for them. Review these problems with them or share this information with their teachers.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 17, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Size:1.50 MB
Publisher:TapDream Arts
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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