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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: April 14, 2019
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Numbers and Letters
- Size: 131.00 MB
- Publisher: Shahrin Khan
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: February 11, 2020
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