A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about number strategy and practice their problem-solving skills. Although Just Get 10 does not teach kids a lot about math, parents can use it to encourage kids to think about numbers and the importance of strategizing. The overall layout and goal of the game are unique, but it would be great to see some more mathematical content integrated into gameplay. For example, rather than tapping tiles to get to the next number (from 1 to 2, and then from 2 to 3, and so on) kids could tap tiles to reach a particular sum or difference. Just Get 10 does offer kids an opportunity to think through a problem and establish a process, but the game's limitations likely will stymie enthusiasm.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is extremely simple, but understanding how to strategize and effectively maneuver stacks of tiles takes some practice.
Products & Purchases
Ad pop-ups frequently appear -- mostly for other apps -- and in-app purchases often are promoted.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Just Get 10 is a unique numbers puzzler in which kids have to tap adjacent numbered tiles to combine them, thereby increasing the value of the numbers. For example, when kids tap to select all the adjacent 1s in an area, the numbers fall into a single pile and result in a 2. Kids continue until they reach the number 10 for all the tiles displayed. They earn points for stacking tiles, although the point system is not entirely clear. The game is fun and challenges kids to use their problem-solving skills, but they won't use math skills other than simple number recognition and cardinality. Hints are not offered, which could frustrate some kids. It's also important to note that users can sign in to Game Center, there are pop-up ads, and users can easily purchase upgrades and access social media directly within the app.
Is It Any Good?
Just Get 10 could be a great way to challenge kids and expose them to a game centered on numbers and patterns, but don't expect them to learn much about math beyond basic number strategy. They will need to strategize and figure out a process, which will require some thought and patience. Without hints to help with more difficult rounds, younger kids will easily become frustrated.
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