Mathris

Common Sense Media says

Arcade-style addition practice for kids who like fast games.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. Simply look at the number you need to match and tap the balls with numbers on them that add up to that first number. It would be nice if there were a setting for younger kids to slow down the dropping balls or limit the range of numbers used.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

After you play a few levels, it costs $.99 to unlock higher levels.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Some safety concerns. If users opt in to OpenFeint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers. Kids can play Mathris without enabling OpenFeint.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Mathris is a fun, arcade-style game kids can play to practice rapid-fire addition. Players tap on falling balls that add up to a target number in order to rack up enough points to move onto the next level before the screen fills up with balls. Mathris is OpenFeint enabled, but players don't have to participate in OpenFeint to play the game, and Common Sense Media doesn't recommend kids or tweens use OpenFeint without adult supervision (see Privacy & Safety concerns). Higher levels of play require an in-app purchase of $.99.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

For kids who enjoy fast-paced gameplay, this app will be very engaging. Scenes change with each level, adding some visual reward for moving up in the game.

Learning Approach

This is mostly an addition practice app; there's no real depth of learning here. Just an opportunity for kids to practice speed in solving addition problems.

Support

Data is provided on point totals, high score, and rounds. However, the tutorial consists of one sentence of instructions.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • working efficiently

Emotional Development

  • handling stress

Kids can practice their addition skills by choosing different combinations of two addends that add up to a number requested by the game. Because Mathris is a work-against-time game, kids must practice working efficiently and handling the stress of the balls piling up as they are choosing and tapping balls that match. Mathris could become more effective for more kids if it included slower modes of play for kids who aren't ready for the level of speed at which it currently progresses. Still, this is a fun app that offers good practice in quick-thinking addition.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Numbered balls drop onto the screen, filling it up quickly, as kids try to tap the balls with the numbers on them that add up to the target number. Tap balls with the numbers 4 and 6 to equal 10; then tap 5 and 5. If you can't find another number to equal the target number, just untap the ball you've already picked and restart. Keep going until the screen fills up or you win and move up a level.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Mathris can be the sort of high speed, in-the-zone, arcade-style fun that makes some kids forget they're actually practicing math. For other kids, though, it could be more frustrating than fun when the balls just keep coming, filling the screen full of more balls and more numbers, while they're still trying to figure out which ones combine to make the target number. It would be nice if the game had an "easy" or "slow" mode to adjust play for kids who aren't ready for that much rapid-fire addition. That said, this is a perfect game for kids who like speed and need addition practice.

Families can talk about...

  • Brush up on your addition speed and play the game with your kid.

  • If kids get frustrated by the pace of the game, suggest they take a break from the app and practice at their own pace. Apps like Sums Stacker offer timer-free options.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:May 3, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:9.10 MB
Publisher:Arnel Domingo
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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