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Faktr - Prime

App review by
Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced math game; factor in need for more help.

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Educational Value

Kids reinforce their understanding of multiplication and division, as they quickly identify numbers to be eliminated during an arcade style game using the mathematical skill of factoring.

Ease of Play

Learning curve is steep in the beginning, given there's not a helpful tutorial, but once players understand to choose numbers that can be divided by the factor, it's easier to play over time. The speed required to "factor" or divide the numbers, might be to much for young kids to complete before time runs out. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Faktr - Prime is an arcade style game app, where players are given a number "factor," such as 2, 3, or 5. Then, various larger numbers will circulate around the screen. Players need to quickly guide the arrow through the numbers which can be divided by the factor chosen, attempting to eliminate all of the numbers before hitting obstacles or time runs out. 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?

FAKTR-PRIME is a game app that promotes the math concept of "factoring," as players quickly identify and eliminate numbers on the screen which can be evenly divided by the chosen factor. Numbers like 4, 9, 25, 75 will move around the screen. Factors like 2, 3 and 5 are present. Users need to guide the arrow around the screen to first choose a factor, then eliminate the numbers that can be used to factor that number evenly. Points are awarded based on performance. After earning points and successfully eliminating many numbers, there are different stages to explore in the game, such as much faster game play. Earning points in each round allows users to choose different upgrades which include: Health, Shields, Thrusters, Time Slow and a Shockwave. More difficult rounds require users to problem solve and strategize, choosing which factor is required, eliminating those numbers, then choosing another factor to divide the remaining numbers, while dodging laser beams and other obstacles. Once achieving higher levels in the app, users don't have to start from the beginning each time.

Is it any good?

Once kids truly understand the concept of factoring and how to play, Faktr-Prime is a pretty fun, fast-paced game that can promote the ability to quickly identify which numbers can be eliminated. This game could help to reinforce multiplication and division awareness fand speed up math fluency. A more in-depth tutorial would make the game a lot more user-friendly for younger children, so parents should plan to spend time with younger kids helping them understand the concepts and mechanics of the game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Faktr -Prime is a fun way to help kids reinforce their automaticity for division and multiplication, as they reduce larger numbers into smaller ones, using quick processing speed.  

  • Players will earn points for frequent game play, which can be used to strategize game play. Parents may want to talk to kids and help them identify which strategies might be the best options to assist use their points in order to achieve their goals while playing.

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