Mlob Rule - Touch Press Games

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Solid, multiplayer fraction practice for hefty price.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice combining fractions to create whole units.

Ease of Play

Easy to play for kids who already have a working knowledge of basic fractions and how to combine fractions into whole units. It may take a few tries to understand how to move the blobs to align the fractions. It takes a long time to progress to the next level.

Violence

Game is framed as a "battle" to save Fractopia. Blobs get smashed with rocks, and there's a loud crashing sound.

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Consumerism

The All-Access Pass promo icon appears on the main screen every time a kid opens the app. The initial free-to-try game includes a promo for a seven-day free trial, but at the time of this review the free trial was unavailable.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mlob Rule - Touch Press Games is a math game app focused on fractions practice. Kids age 9 and up can practice combining fractions to make whole numbers in a battle-like game setting. It's free to try but then requires a $7.99 purchase or a monthly Touch Press Games All-Access subscription to continue playing. Players combine fractions into whole units to build wall-like blobs to protect your kingdom. There's single-player or multiplayer modes, and Mlob Rule is Game Center-enabled. Read the privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To play MLOB RULE - TOUCH PRESS GAMES, first verify your age. Then choose "Story" or "Multiplayer." There's an online multiplayer version as well as a local multiplayer that can be played with in-person classmates, parents, or friends. Read the storyline and the instructions. Move Mlobs (three per turn) by dragging them to the Mlob nearest the one that combines to make a whole number. Double-tap to delete Mlobs that are in the way of fraction combinations. Battle grids get bigger the more you play.

Is it any good?

Though it offers some fun options for math practice, this fractions app doesn't add up to the best value for the relatively high price. The storyline in Mlob Rule - Touch Press Games is underdeveloped, and the individual levels take quite a long time to complete, which may frustrate some kids who want to see more progress as they practice. The multiplayer option may add more fun, especially if many kids in a classroom are all using this app to practice fractions. Watching an opponent's moves can provide some good learning lessons that may help kids improve in the game and on fractions in general. If it were priced more reasonably, it could be a good option for basic fraction practice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how fractions are used in everyday life. In what situations is knowing how to combine fractions -- as players do in Mlob Rule - Touch Press Games -- important?

  • Talk about test-driving a relatively pricey game before buying it or signing up for a subscription. Can your kid tell you why you should or should not purchase this app for them? Encourage them to review the gaming experience.

  • Consider your kid's educational style. Do they learn best from fast-paced games or from slower, more points-free educational apps?

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: fractions
  • Price: Free to try
  • Pricing structure: Free to try
  • Subscription price: $7.99 purchase for all features and $4.99/month for more content
  • Release date: March 15, 2017
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 201.00 MB
  • Publisher: Touch Press
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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