Math Blaster HyperBlast
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in Math Blaster HyperBlast, the player shoots weapons in space to blast away robot-like obstacles in their path, but nothing is harmed in the game -- human, alien, or otherwise. By steering your ship, shooting away obstacles, collecting power-ups, and solving math problems, players will advance through the levels.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
The game is fun and challenging, with colorful space-age graphics kids will appreciate. With the feel and speed of a video game, it'll draw kids in and encourage them to stick around for the math.
Fast-paced gameplay encourages both speed and accuracy in math calculations, although the learning isn't very baked-in (kids play the game, then do some math problems, etc.). There are a variety of operations to integrate into the gameplay.
The developer's website offers more games and extensive resources for teachers. In the app, kids will see immediately whether they've missed a problem and will see their scores after each level.
What's it about?
Kids ride through space, dodging obstacles and shooting aliens. When they encounter the six-legged robot alien, they have to answer math problems in order to continue. Kids can choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, or standard form. They can also pick the number ranges covered in each quiz. Game score is based on the arcade portion of the game, but kids will see score reports after each robot-math encounter showing the number and percent of problems answered correctly.
Is it any good?
The space-themed arcade game MATH BLASTER HYPERBLAST challenges kids to solve math problems in six key areas, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You're a space cadet who hops on a HyperCycle, a flying motorcycle of sorts, and must weave through winding tunnels to blast through obstacles (such as spinning blades), pick up energy shields, and steer to avoid lasers and other hazardous objects. Simply tilt the device to turn in a given direction and tap the blast or shoot buttons in the bottom corners of the game screen. When you come across a one-eyed, six-armed robot, you'll be asked to solve a few math puzzles to continue. An example is being asked 3 x 12 =, and you must tap the correct answer from six options: 30, 33, 35, 36, 38, and 40. HyperBlast includes an interactive tutorial, high-score list, and a total of 30 levels of math questions. Most importantly, this "edutainment" offering makes math fun by combining fast-action shooting sequences with elementary-level math problems.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
If your kids practice math facts as a daily assignment, Math Blaster Hyperblast may be a fun option.
Incorporate little math quizzes into your daily routine. You can become that six-legged alien robot and (verbally) throw math problems at your kids as they eat breakfast or ride in the car.