MathTango

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
MathTango App Poster Image
Monsters dance their way through kids' math practice.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Addition and subtraction practice for kids 6 to 9. Solving numbers-based puzzles. Practicing concepts like adding single- and double-digit numbers, adding 10s, simple subtraction, etc.

Ease of Play

Vey easy to play. Audio and visual instructions and prompts. Math puzzles become more difficult as levels progress, but all fit into expected difficulty for first- through third-grade math.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

In-app purchases (parent-gate protected) are required for higher levels and free-play mode. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MathTango gamifies addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice for first- through fourth-grade kids. Kids complete math puzzle games and missions to build their island or star base filled with cute monsters and robots. There are more than 800 math puzzle games that cover basic skills. The games are short and simple (but challenging), and the characters are cute. As kids progress through the game, the math problems become more difficult. Higher levels of the game require subscription. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byblonki13 March 17, 2020

Easy, entertaining and FUN

We have the full version of math tango for about a year now. There’s two parts to this app. The easy and super cute island monsters where kids do addition and s... Continue reading
Adult Written byracheldai October 24, 2019
Kid, 9 years old October 24, 2019

Best Math App Ever!

This is a great math learning app that combines fun gameplay for kids and real math lessons that parents and teachers will appreciate.

What's it about?

To play MATHTANGO, first listen to the intro from your "long lost Uncle Fibonacci," and then tap the gem to get your monster. To get more gems after the first, you have to complete math-based puzzles. Continue to follow the audio- and visual-based instructions to complete the puzzles, which require some basic addition and subtraction skills. As players complete more puzzles, they earn "doubloon" and "health" bonuses. Then your monster can buy things to enhance the island. Tap on items to purchase them, and tap and hold monsters to move them. Watch the cute monster jump on the trampoline and do other activities. Mission accomplished! Move on to your next mission with another monster. When kids are ready, they can also practice multiplication and division to build a star base.

Is it any good?

This math game is the ideal combination of straightforward math practice with straight-up cuteness and fun. Kids can often become bored with math drills, but MathTango turns repetitive practice into a challenge as kids work to get more monsters, decorate an island or star base, and level up. As kids move into higher levels, the challenges become more difficult (kids can get in-app hints and tips, if needed). On the downside, some levels can take quite a long time to complete, so some kids may get frustrated or bored. And the limited mechanics of moving the blocks might also frustrate some kids; it would be great to have more freedom of placement. Also, if your kid loves MathTango and wants to progress through all levels, be prepared to subscribe for the complete version, or they'll have to end the fun before the game is done.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how MathTango uses getting new monsters as a reward. It can take a while to get a new monster. Talk to your kid about patience and perseverance.

  • When would you use some of the skills presented in the app in real life? Help your kid explore the concepts on the app in everyday circumstances, such as adding money or separating items into groups.

  • It can be really fun for kids to get more monsters and decorate their island, but encourage them to remember that learning is a reward in and of itself. Kids don't always have to "get" something out of learning (other than new knowledge) to reap the rewards.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Math: addition, subtraction
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try (seven-day trial, then $5.99/mo., $39.99/year)
  • Release date: January 26, 2018
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 444.90 MB
  • Publisher: Originator Inc.
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later
  • Last updated: April 07, 2020

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