What parents need to know
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'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?
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.