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Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game

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Ana Beltran, Common Sense Media
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Spell-binding math game with increasing challenge.

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Educational Value

Kids will be able to practice composing and decomposing numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. They'll also begin exploring positive and negative numbers and even algebra.

Ease of Play

Easy to navigate and has built in supports. A blinking hand prompts and guides kids through a brief interactive tutorial that includes pop-up banners with instructions at every step. As kids successfully complete rounds, the game levels up in difficulty. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game is a game in which kids empower a magician who uses math to defeat enemies. Upon launching the app, a blinking hand guides kids on how to navigate the game. Pop-up banners with written directions provide additional clarity and directions. Kids can choose Challenge mode or Relax mode to determine difficulty. In the game, a wizard faces different foes and uses math to defeat them. Kids are presented with numbers, and they have to use the number and operation cards that appear on the screen to cast spells to solve the mathematical challenge. The game levels up as kids successfully complete rounds. It also gives kids the opportunity to play again and continue practicing math skills at a certain level if they don't defeat the enemies and/or conquer a particular round. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

ARITHMAGIC - MATH WIZARD GAME is an educational game that empowers kids to defeat fantasy enemies by using their math skills. Within the game, kids can practice adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and algebraic thinking. The idea is that by casting spells using the four mathematical operations, kids will help the wizard bring the enemies' health down to zero. There are 10 enemies with three different types of abilities. Kids can make changes in a spell book to manipulate a deck of cards, increasing or decreasing the frequency and type of operations that appear during the game. There are 70 levels of difficulty, and kids have the option of playing under Challenge mode's fast pace or under Relax mode. While playing in Relax mode, kids won't have a health bar tracking accuracy and time; therefore, they'll have more time to figure out solutions to the problems. Tap and drag to combine cards in the deck or to use a card to bring the enemy's health to zero. Kids can tap on cards to flip them and see the opposite operation. For example, tap to turn addition into subtraction, and multiplication into division. Under the upgrades tab, kids can see their health and spell rate stats. They can upgrade their health and spell rate by accumulating skill points while playing, successfully completing rounds, and leveling up. Control volume, sound effects, music, and difficulty under settings.    

Is it any good?

Kids will enjoy the whimsical and inviting interface that will keep them motivated while they practice skills and make mathematical connections. Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game is visually appealing without being too busy. The 10 enemies with different abilities and the changing magical landscape keep kids on their toes and the game interesting. The leveling up feature continuously challenges so that the game doesn't feel repetitive. As kids move up in levels, they'll find themselves using more intricate strategies, solving more difficult problems, and accessing more complex decks. The in-app guidance, navigation, and choice of modes are also well thought out.  

When playing Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game, kids won't even realize the critical math skills and habits of mind they are building and practicing. The gameplay style will keep kids engaged as they work with numbers and operations to strategize and come up with solutions to bring the enemies' health down to zero. Instead of finding answers or rote drills, the game emphasizes creating solutions and applying a variety of problem-solving skills. Regardless of level, kids will be looking for patterns, taking guesses, coming up with novel solutions, and thinking outside the box in order to defeat the wizard's enemies. Overall, Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game is a fun and interactive game that promotes mental math and can be enjoyed by the entire family!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different ways to compose and decompose numbers when playing Arithmagic - Math Wizard Game. If we need to make 14 with three cards and have the numbers 1, 3, 5, 4, 2, 3, and 1, which cards can we combine? 

  • Talk about positive and negative numbers. What happens when you add a positive number to a negative number? What happens when you add a negative number to a negative number? What happens when you multiply a negative number by a positive number? 

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