Mystery Math Town

Common Sense Media says

Great math practice with fun story, entertaining characters.






What parents need to know

Ease of play

Navigating through the houses is intuitive as is the method for solving the math problems. Kids just tap the answers or tap where they want to go. A detailed help screen offers instructions as well as some tips for getting around.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Not applicable

Mystery Math Town includes no advertisements or links to other apps within the game, but the start screen does include a link to other Artgig Studios apps in the iTunes store.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Artgig Studios is COPPA compliant and collects no personal information from kids under 13. The company includes its easy-to-understand privacy policy in the app's parent section.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, though MYSTERY MATH TOWN has a dark, mysterious mood, it is not scary at all. The townspeople, portrayed in talking portraits, reveal bits about the town and themselves in funny, sometimes snarky, comments but nothing objectionable or risqué.

What kids can learn



  • addition
  • multiplication
  • subtraction


Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Engagement, Approach, Support


Mystery Math Town draws kids in with zany characters, a mysterious story, and fun, interactive graphics. 

Learning Approach

The storyline and characters here engage kids and give them a purpose -- to save the fireflies. In the math problems, kids see the solution and must create the problem themselves, adding a level of challenge.


Kids can use "lifelines" if they want to skip a problem. The tutorial on the start page includes detailed written instructions and some helpful hints. Good customization options let you tailor gameplay to a kid's skill level.

What kids can learn



  • addition
  • multiplication
  • subtraction


Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Kids can learn addition, subtraction, and multiplication as well as algebraic thinking as they solve reverse math problems. Kids see the answer and the operation along with a variety of numbers, and they choose which numbers get their answer. There can be more than one correct way to find the answer, which will reinforce arithmetic skills and algebraic thinking. Kids also use critical thinking and logic to move around the mazelike houses in search of fireflies and golden coins. More informative progress tracking would give the app a boost. Mystery Math Town poses challenging math exercises in fun, engaging way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

Kids are on a mission to help find fireflies that have been trapped in jars and hidden in houses throughout Mystery Math Town. To find the fireflies, they move through different houses in the town, collecting numbers as they rescue the fireflies. They'll need the numbers because to move from room to room, through doors, out windows, or up and down stairs, they'll have to solve reverse math problems. For example, kids see 1, 2, 5, 8, and 9 and must choose two numbers to add up to 10. Finding the fireflies in one house unlocks the next house, where the mazelike rooms get trickier and the math problems do, too. In some houses, kids can also collect gold coins to be used to buy portraits for their gallery. Those portraits have lots to say, too, about each other, themselves, and the town. Kids create their own avatar (although only one skin tone is available), and multiple users can create profiles on the same device. Players can customize their level of math challenge, too.

Is it any good?


Listening to a kid playing Mystery Math Town, parents might not realize right away their kid is working on math -- with the guffaws over the witty, sometimes snarky, talking portraits. But interspersed with the laughter, parents may pick up on the sounds of a kid being challenged by the progressively harder math problems as they have to search through the town's houses to find the numbers they need to create and solve problems. The mysterious setting, funny townspeople, and discoveries throughout the houses keep kids engaged, and the math keeps them challenged.

Developer Artgig Apps, also creator of the excellent Marble Math apps, includes great features on Mystery Math, including customization options, a well-done help section with strategy hints, and a kid-friendly, plain-English privacy policy in the app.

Families can talk about...

  • Steer kids to Mystery Math Town for daily math practice.

  • Talk about math and numbers as you go about your day, modeling solving backwards problems. For example: "I need to choose five fruits for your school snacks this week. How many ways can you make five?"

App details

Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 3, 2013
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:300.00 MB
Publisher:Artgig Studio
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 7 year old Written bymutigerpaw January 3, 2015

Great app for learning subtraction

My 7 yr old loves this, and is getting a lot of subtraction practice. Well worth the cost.


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