Math Blaster HyperBlast

Common Sense Media says

Solving problems is fun in fast-action space-themed game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game is easy to play, as you tilt to steer your vehicle, but a tablet might get heavy for young kids after a short while.

Violence & scariness

Players fly on a hovercraft of sorts, blasting away at obstacles in their way.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game splashes the website MathBlaster.com when you boot it up, plus there's a "More Games" tab that takes you to the iTunes App Store for other Knowledge Adventure apps to download.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in Math Blaster HyperBlast, the player shoots weapons in space to blast away robot-like obstacles in their path, but nothing is harmed in the game -- human, alien, or otherwise. By steering your ship, shooting away obstacles, collecting power-ups, and solving math problems, players will advance through the levels.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The game is fun and challenging, with colorful space-age graphics kids will appreciate. With the feel and speed of a video game, it'll draw kids in and encourage them to stick around for the math.

Learning Approach

Fast-paced gameplay encourages both speed and accuracy in math calculations, although the learning isn't very baked-in (kids play the game, then do some math problems, etc.). There are a variety of operations to integrate into the gameplay.

Support

The developer's website offers more games and extensive resources for teachers. In the app, kids will see immediately whether they've missed a problem and will see their scores after each level.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • division
  • multiplication
  • subtraction

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Kids can learn and practice math facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and standard form as they blast through space. The app offers challenges for a wide range of math abilities, even within each skill. Kids can choose the range of numbers (like sums to eight) within the skill, and they can also test combined skills such as addition and subtraction or multiplication and division. Kids can also choose easy, medium, or hard for the challenge level. Math Blaster Hyperblast adds fun and excitement to the important business of practicing math facts.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids ride through space, dodging obstacles and shooting aliens. When they encounter the six-legged robot alien, they have to answer math problems in order to continue. Kids can choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, or standard form. They can also pick the number ranges covered in each quiz. Game score is based on the arcade portion of the game, but kids will see score reports after each robot-math encounter showing the number and percent of problems answered correctly.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The space-themed arcade game MATH BLASTER HYPERBLAST challenges kids to solve math problems in six key areas, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. You're a space cadet who hops on a HyperCycle, a flying motorcycle of sorts, and must weave through winding tunnels to blast through obstacles (such as spinning blades), pick up energy shields, and steer to avoid lasers and other hazardous objects. Simply tilt the device to turn in a given direction and tap the blast or shoot buttons in the bottom corners of the game screen. When you come across a one-eyed, six-armed robot, you'll be asked to solve a few math puzzles to continue. An example is being asked 3 x 12 =, and you must tap the correct answer from six options: 30, 33, 35, 36, 38, and 40. HyperBlast includes an interactive tutorial, high-score list, and a total of 30 levels of math questions. Most importantly, this "edutainment" offering makes math fun by combining fast-action shooting sequences with elementary-level math problems.

Families can talk about...

  • If your kids practice math facts as a daily assignment, Math Blaster Hyperblast may be a fun option.

  • Incorporate little math quizzes into your daily routine. You can become that six-legged alien robot and (verbally) throw math problems at your kids as they eat breakfast or ride in the car.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Price:$.99-$1.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid
Release date:December 21, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:26.20 MB
Publisher:Knowledge Adventure
Version:1.51
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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