Parents' Guide to

Prodigy: Kids Math Game

By Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 462 parent reviews

age 4+

Excellent Math Practice

My kids love this game and I love being able to see what skills they are working on and what they are struggling in. It also gives worksheets and goals that I can set for my kids. I have a 2nd grader and a 4th grader and they absolutely love getting on and answering math questions...even on the weekends! This is a wonderful app and it is very beneficial for my kids.

This title has:

Educational value
Easy to play/use
4 people found this helpful.
age 8+

Alls this app will do is provide screen time and it's an distraction from actual learning.

Horrible app to teach kids. Alls they want to do is buy and try on the clothes. If your kid doesn't have the subscription believe me they will beg for it.

This title has:

Too much consumerism
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (462 ):
Kids say (567 ):

This game-based learning app is a fun way for kids to practice essential math skills, but they may get distracted with the battles, pets, spells, and upgrade suggestions. One of the highlights of Prodigy: Kids Math Game is the adaptive platform that gives kids a personalized learning experience. Each question has some hints for how to solve the problem, which some kids may find useful, but others will find inadequate. The game is therefore best suited for practice rather than instruction, as there is also limited feedback for incorrect answers. Parents will enjoy tracking usage and progress with the user-friendly dashboard. Premium memberships offer parents even more precise tools, such as choosing the type of math questions their kids get and the ability to set Focus mode, which limits kids to a play world that has fewer battles and more frequent math questions.

In terms of appearance, the graphics are nothing special but should appeal to kids within the target age range. Sometimes the screens are glitchy, don't load properly, or crash completely, which will certainly lead to frustration when kids have to navigate their way back to where they were. Some may find the ever present push to purchase a subscription overwhelming, or even a source of conflict. Parents will need to be clear with their kids about their intentions to purchase or not purchase an upgrade. And if kids are using it at school, the kids with premium accounts will get perks that other kids won't, which sets up an inequity in experiences. With lots of superfluous narrative pieces, and non-math-related places to play and explore, it's also easy for kids to get lost in the weeds. A lot of time can pass between skills questions, and the focus is often on earning coins, treasures, pets, and other rewards. Sometimes it can seem as though the math part of the game is an afterthought. It would be nice to see math even more integrated into the adventure. And though the setting around the math is exciting, the math questions themselves are standard dry math drill. Also, some parents may not appreciate the focus on battles and weapons. Overall, with the right expectations and a bit of help focusing when necessary, Prodigy: Kids Math Game can be a good blend of adventure and math practice.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Android , Chromebook
  • Subjects: Math : addition, counting, division, equations, fractions, functions, geometry, multiplication, numbers, probability, ratio, statistics, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : memorization, thinking critically, Self-Direction : academic development, achieving goals
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases include a monthly subscription starting at $9.95 per month, or a yearly subscription for $74.95 per year)
  • Release date: April 1, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures
  • Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
  • Version: 3.0.37
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: January 14, 2022

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