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Kids can learn addition, subtraction, and multiplication as well as algebraic thinking as they solve reverse-math problems. Kids see the answer and the operation along with a variety of numbers, and they choose which numbers get their answer. There can be more than one correct way to find the answer, which will reinforce arithmetic skills and algebraic thinking. Better feedback and more informative progress tracking would give the app a boost. Mystery Math Museum poses challenging math exercises in a fun, engaging way.
Ease of Play
This game is easy to play and figure out, although it's possible to get stuck and not know where to go or what to do next. When this happens, the game gives the player a clue about where to go or what to do next, although it doesn't provide help to answer the math questions. Also, the game's help screen is clear and very detailed.
When you tap on the paintings on the walls in the museums, the characters speak. There is some light joking and teasing, with phrases such as, "We want a pitcher, not a belly itcher."
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Products & Purchases
Mystery Math Museum is ad-free, except for a link on the start screen for another app developed by Artgig that's available in the App Store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mystery Math Museum is a fun game that provides students with practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Kids explore the rooms of museums to collect numbers; they use these numbers to complete math equations to move from one room to another. Parents can customize the game by selecting the operations and ranges of numbers that will be used in the game. Parents also need to know that the game does not provide feedback to students for incorrect answers. If a kid has trouble with a particular math concept, the game won't provide any instruction to help teach or remediate it.
Is It Any Good?
Mystery Math Museum is fun. Each museum has a different theme, and, within each museum, each room has a different theme. The complexity of the math increases with each level, and the different themes keep the game interesting. Every room is full of surprises. For example, many items in each room make funny sound effects when tapped.
One of the best features is that parents can customize the math covered in the game to select which operations and ranges of numbers will be covered. Questions frequently have more than one possible correct answer, which helps kids see different forms of equations that are equivalent to each other. The math covered in the game is good for practice and mastery, but the game doesn't provide any feedback or help if you answer a question incorrectly. In theory, a kid could answer the same question incorrectly an infinite number of times without receiving any support to learn how to answer it correctly. You do get three "lifelines" so you can skip a question, but that only advances you to the next room and doesn't help you find or understand a correct answer. Kids who struggle may do better with apps that offer more feedback.
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