Motion Math

Common Sense Media says

Fractions, decimals, and percentages in Pong-like game.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

Motion Math's controls are very simple to master. Kids familiar with apps like Doodle Jump will have no problem getting a feel for the movement. However, the game begins immediately when you launch the app, and there is no way to pause the game. The HD version of the app improves the experience slightly with a pause button but is available only for the iPad.

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Pretty private but on the menu screen, there is a "Challenge a Friend" button that drafts an email with your score and a link to the game on iTunes, so an email could be sent to contacts in your address book.

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.

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Kids say

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:October 4, 2010
Category:Educational Games
Topics:Numbers and letters
Publisher:Motion Math
Minimum software requirements:Requires iPhone OS 3.1.3 or later

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Kid, 8 years old January 25, 2011
Educator and Parent of a 11, 13, and 15 year old Written bytcbueti October 1, 2011


Kids LOVE figuring out how this works; the game is terrific, giving prompts or clues if you're not catching on, either with the super-simple tilting control technique, or with the actual math--it gives you hints about the answers. Everyone who picks this up gets addicted. Also check out Motion Math Zoom--the sequel--free, but the full game is an in-app upgrade. I'd prefer that developers offer a lite version and a full version, so you know the costs up front. This is still worth it.


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