Math Evolve: A Fun Math Game

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Alien-themed practice app engages with arcade-style play.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn and practice multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, and mental math skills with Math Evolve. The arcade-style gameplay will appeal to especially young gamers, but kids who aren't as familiar with arcade games can also enjoy the app in the less-busy practice mode. The range of settings and two modes of play make it easy to customize the experience. Math Evolve is a great way to get kids hooked on practicing math facts.

Ease of Play

For kids who are experienced gamers, Math Evolve is fun and intuitive to play. Kids who haven't played arcade-style games may find multitasking to solve math problems and blast aliens overwhelming at first. Practice mode lets kids with less gaming experience or who prefer less pressure practice math skills without the shooting/defensive piece. Kids can set the difficulty level for both math skills and gameplay.

Violence & Scariness

In story mode, kids have a character they use to scoop up number bubbles and shoot fireballs or laser beams at aliens, who disappear from the screen. The aliens fire at and chase your character. A virtual cannon clears the screen of all alien life -- for a short while. There are no visible injuries, although points are subtracted every time the main character is hit with a laser blast or fireball.

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The lite version includes two levels of story mode, after which you're prompted to upgrade to the full version.

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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.

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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.

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