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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Math Evolve is an almost seamless combination of arcade and math practice. To be successful, kids will need to know their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts and sometimes do mental math computation with regrouping very quickly. As they solve math problems, they also fend off alien attackers. This gets harder with each level. Kids earn bonus points for solving series of problems correctly, which adds weapon upgrades. Kids can optionally practice with negative numbers. Practice mode lets kids practice all the same skills with different speeds (turtle-slow, rabbit-medium, cheetah-fast) and no enemies or shooting, still with the same music and backdrops of story mode. Math Evolve is a mainstream app. Kids who can access technology by a touchscreen, who can focus while being asked to think fast and multitask, and who know their math facts will enjoy this action-packed math practice. Kids who have trouble focusing with highly visible distractions, who are blind, or who have difficulty using a touchscreen will not have success.
What's it about?
Kids enter a quest as a tiny alien that evolves as its math skills increase to save the planet. As you progress, you'll get weapons upgrades and change shape while traveling through more complex levels with trickier enemies. Players collect bubbles containing numbers to solve basic math problems (3 + 4 = __), solving for the unknown (5 - __ = 1) and making their own equations (__ x __ = __).
Is it any good?
The fusion of arcade game, math, and beautiful graphics make MATH EVOLVE an engaging practice app. Kids have the option of three difficulty levels for math and three difficulty levels for gameplay. They can choose any or all of the basic math operations and whether or not to use negative numbers in the problems. In story mode they play arcade-style, and in practice mode they solve the math problems in a calmer atmosphere. Kids who might have trouble multitasking -- solving math problems while evading and shooting enemies -- may prefer practice mode over story mode.
Practice mode also has an optional "tutor" feature; if kids make an error, a screen pops up with the equation and a keypad so they can can enter the correct answer and then continue play. The app supports up to five user profiles, and each profile generates statistics on the number of equations solved, the percentage correct, the rate of problem solving, and, in practice mode, mastery of specific multiplication and division facts.
Talk to your kids about ...
Challenge your kids to a Math Evolve face-off to practice specific arithmetic skills.
Help kids transfer their mental math skills by asking them to do mental math, such as calculating mileage traveled between destinations, adding the cost of multiple items, dividing cookies among family members, and more.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, division, multiplication, numbers, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, thinking critically
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals, working efficiently
Emotional Development: persevering
- Price: Free-$1.99
- Pricing structure: Free to Try, Paid
- Release date: September 25, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Space and aliens
- Size: 63.90 MB
- Publisher: Zephyr Games
- Version: 2.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5 or later; Android 2.3 and up
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