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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Motion Math is an innovative educational game that challenges players to identify fractions, percentages, and decimals quickly. Gameplay is a simple tilting motion. The game starts with simple fractions and then moves to decimals and even negative numbers in later levels, so younger children will be able to play at the beginning but may find later levels too challenging until they have learned a little more math.
What's it about?
In Motion Math, kids control a bouncing ball that shows a fraction (numerically or as a pie graph), percentage, or decimal. At the bottom of the screen is a bar representing a segment of the number line. Using the tilt sensor, kids try to land the ball as close as possible to the proper position on the bar, and then the value changes. As levels progress, the numbers become more complicated and the ball bounces faster. Some levels also present a target number; kids decide if the falling values are less than, equal to, or greater than the target.
Is it any good?
The graphics in MOTION MATH are excellent, and the idea of adding arcade-style motion to math is wonderful. However, unless you have the HD version (iPad only), the lack of a pause button, menu, or any instructions is a weakness. There is no way to tell how many times you can miss before the game is over, or how much you need to score to move to the next level. But as one of the few math apps that teach fractions and decimals, it's still worth a try.
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