Maya Pyramid

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Who knew basic addition could be this much fun?

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The object of Maya Pyramid is simple: Match cards to to add up to 11. The execution is trickier, though. Players need to find the right combination of cards quickly, since a timer is constantly counting down -- and you often have to clear multiple levels in a short timeframe.

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A "more games" link on the menu screen takes players to a screen with other games by the developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Maya Pyramid is a mathematically-themed card game that challenges players to find numbered cards that add up to 11. It's a great tool for young kids who are beginning to learn to count -- though the timed element could be frustrating to younger players. Theoretically, the point of the game is to solve puzzles to build your own pyramid, but this is a backdrop for the card game elements. High scores can be posted online via the Open Feint system, which has an open chat option, but players do not play directly against others.

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Is it any good?

On paper, Maya Pyramid sounds like a so-so premise. Match cards up to add to 11, revealing other cards and then repeat. In actuality, it's a nail-biting good time. The game is fast-paced and exciting and younger players won't realize they're building strong math skills in the process. It's a wonderful example of the "easy to grasp, difficult to master" philosophy that makes for a good game. With a variety of levels and fun, but unnecessary, bonuses (like the game's background reflecting what time it is when you play), Maya Pyramid is a satisfying time waster that is well worth the money.

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