A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn how to quickly recognize very simple true/false equations involving single digits and the four arithmetic operations, but though it's certainly useful to verify these on sight, there are much better ways to teach kids a meaningful intuition for basic calculations. Here, they're presented basically as flash cards with a snowball-throwing mechanic and popular movie characters, which may increase the excitement of playing the game but won't do anything for the quality of learning. Though kids can review what they got right and wrong after each round, the correct answers aren't available. All in all, Norm of the North's Digit Dodge is a math game designed to get kids excited about a film franchise, not a game with movie characters designed to get kids excited about math.
Ease of Play
Only four buttons, and there's a nice tutorial explaining what they do, but it's tricky to figure out how to play as a single player (ignore the second player), and it's not explained.
Violence & Scariness
Competitive snowball battle between a polar bear and lemmings; polar bear gets black eyes after getting hit several times.
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Products & Purchases
Features characters from a popular film and includes a link to a trailer for the film. Very limited range of math calculations available in the free version.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
As a digital version of a snowball fight, it doesn't do a great job of translating the fun, and as a learning tool, it's little more than a set of true/false flash cards. Kids will likely lose interest quickly, unless they're hooked by the game's main draw -- the characters and setting from Norm of the North -- and as the app is primarily a promotional vehicle for the movie, that makes sense. Parents shouldn't expect much learning, though two kids can play at once and practice basic math skills, so some may find it worth the $0.99 for the full version.
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