By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Simple, tough math puzzler is fun, heavy on ads.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice their math skills and work on puzzle solving. Fourte can help reinforce the importance of order of operations.
Ease of Play
The interface is easy to use, but hints are limited and it's possible to get stuck. Additional hints are available for purchase or by watching an ad.
Products & Purchases
Full-page ads every two to three rounds. The Options menu has a link to upgrade to ad-free without a parent gate. Some kids will want to purchase additional hints.
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What’s It About?
FOURTE has a simple premise: Take four numbers and the basic operators (plus, minus, multiply, divide, and parentheses), and create a math expression that returns the correct answer. But numbers can be combined in any way (e.g., 4 and 5 can become 45) and there's no other guidance to get you started. It requires a strong set of math facts, an understanding of the order of operations, and the patience to keep playing around until you find the solution. Once you get it right, you move on to the next problem. There are two modes: Endless allows you to keep solving puzzles at your own pace, while Timed gives you 90 seconds to solve as many as possible. There are different colored themes you can unlock for meeting certain milestones like completing a certain number of puzzles in a day, and an in-app purchase will remove ads.
Is It Any Good?
If you like math and you enjoy a little challenge, you can't go wrong here. Fourte is addictive, infuriating, and rewarding all at once. The interface makes it easy to shuffle numbers and operators around until you get the right answer. The quantity of ads is frustrating, but the $0.99 price tag to remove them isn't all that expensive. It's a simple, casual time-killer that also involves math skills, so number-lovers will likely enjoy it, but it's definitely best for older kids and adults.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about digital math games like Fourte. Can casual math apps like this one help you practice skills? Are there other math games that are helpful?
Talk about in-app purchases and how/if kids can request purchases from an adult. What are the family rules?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, equations, multiplication, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchase of $.99 will remove ads)
- Release date: June 20, 2017
- Category: Educational Games
- Publisher: Jambav, Inc
- Version: 1.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.0 and up
- Last updated: June 28, 2017
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