What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Multiplication Genius is an effective but no-frills multiplication practice and test app. Kids can select any combination of factors from 2 to 12 in practice mode but are tested on all in test mode. Questions have a 20-second timer, but the time pressure is pretty gentle. High scores are kept but all other data is lost upon exit. If your kid needs to practice multiplication memorization with no distractions and relatively low stress, this will do the job. Banner ads are nearly always present but relatively unobtrusive.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- working efficiently
- academic development
- achieving goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Simple graphics, cute audio, and gentle feedback all work, but high scores are not enough to draw kids in. The design feels unpolished.
Kids are empowered to focus on specific factors. A more responsive interface that leveled up could keep kids playing.
Providing more data on kids' progress would give Multiplication Genius a boost. It is a good app for easily distracted kids, although the banner ads can detract from the experience.
What's it about?
On the main menu, kids can choose to review times tables (in a list format), to practice, or to play a game. In practice mode, kids choose any combination of factors (for instance, they can test themselves just on 2s) then proceed to play. Game mode presents kids with random expressions and four multiple-choice answers. The score displays at the bottom of the screen, where kids can also what question they're on and how much time they have left (they start with 20 seconds).
Is it any good?
Multiplication Genius sets out to accomplish a simple task and achieves it. Kids can practice with a basic level of control and get low-key feedback in a plain environment. Answers given within two seconds get a "Perfect!," those within six get a "Good!," and those within seven to 20 get a "So So." Incorrect answers or failure to answer elicit a cute audio "uh-oh," and the correct answer flashes. If the app included division, and possibly addition and subtraction, it would provide a bit more useful depth. Levels or a reward system would provide a bit more closure and motivation as well.