Math Bumpies - Adventure on Math Island: Addition and Subtraction

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Motion-controlled edu-game fun, but controls are sluggish.

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age 4+
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Ease of Play

The game uses the iPhone's tilt sensors to roll the character left and right. Tapping the screen makes the character jump up to "bump" the correct answer. However, the tilt controls can be a little sluggish which sometimes results in bumping the wrong answer. On harder levels, there are pits or obstacles which can send you back to the beginning of the level, which can be very frustrating.

Violence & Scariness

On some of the harder levels, your character may fall into the water with the sharks or run into an angry-looking red ball. However, there isn't any violence shown—the game pauses, your character says "Oh, no!" and then the level restarts.

Sexy Stuff

No strong language per se, but one of the responses when you get a wrong answer is a very sarcastic "Whatever!"

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Math Bumpies is an educational adventure game which can be challenging both as a learning tool and as an arcade game. Players learn addition and subtraction while controlling a cute little character who is made to roll and jump through ten maps of increasing difficulty.

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Parent of a 6 and 9-year-old Written byRmmikol March 1, 2011

Excellent and entertaining

The app is great for the little ones. The 6 year old is way ahead of his age group in math, certainly in part because of joy of Math Bumpies. ... and I love th... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

MATH BUMPIES is an excellent idea but a little rough on the execution. Incorporating the iPhone's tilt sensor to roll around the levels is a fun way to control the rounded cartoon characters, but because the rolling is a little sluggish, it can be difficult to time the jumps to hit the correct answer. In later levels with shark-infested waters or a moving enemy, players need to roll through the entire level each time they hit the obstacle—some checkpoints throughout the levels would be nice. Math Bumpies makes it more interesting to solve math problems, but the amateur graphics and unresponsive controls keep it from being excellent.

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