Prodigy Math Game

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 319 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 183 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Essential math skills (dependent on grade level selected at start of game) -- e.g., first-graders practice comparing and ordering two-digit numbers, adding to 20, using place value through 10s, etc. Eighth-graders work with linear expressions, equations, functions, irrational numbers, etc. Aligns with various curricula, hitting Common Core math standards, Texas and Florida state standards. Automatic differentiation: Math questions are generated based on previous performance. When kids get something wrong, instructional feedback provided.

Ease of Play

Gameplay is fairly intuitive, although sometimes next steps are not obvious. A friendly guide walks kids through the first series of screens.

Violence & Scariness

A lot of focus on battling monsters, and frequent use of cartoon fantasy weapons. But no blood, and scenes don't directly show violence.

Sexy Stuff
Consumerism

Pressure to become a paid user, and leveling up partly determined by points that are more easily earned as a paid user. Line of toys also available.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Prodigy Math Game is a fantasy-based web and app game that covers skills learned in grades one through eight. Kids answer math questions to earn spells, which they use to battle monsters as they move through different worlds on the way to Wizard Academy. Parents can set up a free account for access to a dashboard. Use the dashboard to customize skills covered in the game, create assignments, and view a child's activity, progress, and standards coverage. There's an option for kids to play online with friends, but the only chat uses preselected phrases. The app is free, but a paid subscription offers more gaming features, such as mini-game power-ups and access to the infamous Dark Tower. Leveling up is also easier as a paid user -- and kids are reminded of this often as they play -- so it's likely kids will ask for access to those features. At the time of this review, the app crashed several times mid-gameplay. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byM M October 18, 2017

I hate this company, and I'm irritated by the schools that promote it

Teachers are promoting it. Kids can play for free - great. But the advertising for membership -- directed at KIDS -- starts right away. So the pressure to che... Continue reading
Adult Written byPeriwinkle1 February 9, 2019

Prodigy Math

I think this software program is just awful for so many reasons. I'm a teacher and a Psychological consultant for the public school system. This program w... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMcSleezy December 9, 2018

"Membership.........Again"

Alright, I Have Had Enough Of This. Prodigy Is Going Too Far Adding More Stuff In The Game That Requires You To Be A Member. They Are Really Desperate For Money... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBoyoReviewo April 25, 2019

Memberships should be cosmetic, not trash DLC.

Well, this is an OK game, I guess. For a math game, it's perhaps one of the best out there. Long story short, you are a wizard boy/girl and some random ev... Continue reading

What's it about?

In PRODIGY MATH GAME, kids start by creating an account with a username and password. They'll need to provide a parent's email address to get the account set up. After selecting a grade level and naming an avatar, users meet a friendly creature who guides them as they enter a fantasy world filled with battles and rewards. As kids encounter monsters to battle, they must answer math questions to earn a spell. The spell helps kids win the battle and move forward in the game. Math questions adapt to kids' skill level, and the more questions they answer correctly, the more spells, coins, and other rewards they earn. Though the game is free to use, there's an option to subscribe to have access to more content.

Is it any good?

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 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.

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. 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. 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 Math Game can be a good blend of adventure and math practice.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of math practice while playing Prodigy Math Game and how playing can improve skills. Look at the parent dashboard together and plan some assignments that focus on standards kids need to really work on.

  • Discuss your favorite and least favorite parts of the game. Do kids have a favorite pet or a least favorite spell? How does the game get them excited about math?

  • Talk about the consumerism aspect of the game. In what ways do the developers try to get users to purchase an upgrade? Do they interfere with your ability to play the game? Do they make you want to buy something?

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
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (optional in-app purchases include a monthly subscription at $8.95 per month, or a yearly subscription for $59.88 per year)
  • Release date: April 1, 2019
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • Size: 44.00 MB
  • Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
  • Version: 3.0.37
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: April 06, 2020

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