Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Games with popular ninja theme great for skills practice.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about addition, subtraction, geometry, multiplication, and number sense as they complete mini-games in a quest to put together broken tablets throughout Fruitasia and rescue Truffles the pig. Kids also can complete quizzes to assess their learning, but hints and detailed feedback for incorrect answers are lacking. Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Masters offers a lot of variety and fun features that will encourage kids to keep practicing their math skills.

Ease of Play

Other than the glitches in a banana-tossing game, using and navigating the games is easy and intuitive.

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Using blades to slice fruit may by considered by some to be mildly violent.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master is a series of mini-games launched by the developers of the popular slice-and-dice Fruit Ninja franchise. A pig named Truffles is trapped and needs to be rescued. Kids journey through the jungles and ruins of Fruitasia, solving math problems and slicing fruit to help Katsuro and his friends rescue Truffles. Several early elementary math concepts are taught and include addition, subtraction, and number sense. Rewards include stickers, star fruits, and new backgrounds, fruit-slicing blades, and characters. Parents can track progress by viewing a chalkboard on the main screen. Supported languages include English and Spanish.

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What's it about?

FRUIT NINJA ACADEMY: MATH MASTER begins with a comic-book-style story about Truffles the pig, who needs to be rescued. Kids play math mini-games to help Katsuro and his friends rescue truffles. After the story begins, a map appears on the home screen. The six learning categories are displayed, and kids can select any of them by tapping on the appropriate area of the map. Within each mini-game, a character appears with instructions for playing the game. There's plenty of gameplay variety. For example, some games require kids to bowl watermelons, while others require them to throw the correct number of bananas at a giant. And of course, many require lots of fruit slicing. The home screen also includes a tappable chalkboard where kids can take quizzes and parents can track progress. There's also an interactive board where kids can display their reward stickers.

Is it any good?

Fruit Ninja Academy: Math Master puts a fun, familiar twist on math. Unlocking levels and earning rewards keep kids motivated to continue learning, and the addictive act of slicing fruit is an added bonus. The mini-games are thoughtfully organized into important skill categories that continue to challenge kids as they progress. In one mini-game, kids have to swipe bananas from trees into a monkey's hand. The accuracy of the touch controls is extremely frustrating and distracting. Overall, the games are ideally balanced among learning, gaming, and fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about which games in this app kids like the best and why. How did the games help them learn a skill?

  • Discuss real-world examples of addition, subtraction, and number sense. When and why are these skills important to know?

  • Have kids design their own version of a math game with a fruit-ninja theme. It could be a card game, board game, or blueprint for an app.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, multiplication, numbers, patterns, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships, solving puzzles, thinking critically
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: September 10, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 198.00 MB
  • Publisher: Halfbrick Studios
  • Version: 1.4.44
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.1.1 or later; 4.0 and up Android

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