A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice addition and subtraction up into the thousands using mental math or counting coins in the context of a store. Kids can choose between using mental calculation or using the token board to help visualize the coins.
Ease of Play
No audio instructions, but all instructions are clearly written in easy-to-read, short phrases. Simple-to-understand game premise, and difficulty level increases as game progresses.
Products & Purchases
No ads or in-app purchases. Other apps by this developer are promoted via an icon on the intro screen, but there's a parent gate (although the answers to the math questions to override the parent gate are pretty easy, and users are given multiple-choice options).
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Most kids love to play store, so combining math problems with a magic-store simulation game is a fun way to get kids practicing. Created by an Icelandic app developer with support from the Iceland Educational Foundation, Magic Store Math has visuals that are different from the typical, non-themed math app and quite eye-catching, including some mildly spooky, potion-making items (such as snakes or a green hand in jars). However, there's no actual "magic" in this app. Instead, kids can practice some mental math and either add the total cost of each item or break each price into smaller coins. Though this option definitely adds to the app's value, it still is a bit repetitive after awhile. A second activity -- such as buying new items from a supply store -- would add more depth and interest to an otherwise solid game.
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