Parents' Guide to

Magic Store Math

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Hands-on practice, not magic, makes this game effective.

App iPad Paid Education
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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.

App Details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math : addition, money, subtraction
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: June 27, 2016
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Publisher: Gebo Kano ehf.
  • Version: 1.02
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later
  • Last updated: December 10, 2020

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