Prodigy Math Game

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
Prodigy Math Game App Poster Image
Fantasy game helps kids become math wizards.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about and practice essential math skills, which are dependent on the grade level selected at the start of the game. For example, first-graders practice comparing and ordering two-digit numbers, adding to 20, using place value through tens, and much more. Eighth-graders work with linear expressions, equations, functions, irrational numbers, and more. The game aligns with various curricula, hitting Common Core math standards and Texas and Florida state standards.

One of the more favorable features of the game from a learning perspective is the automatic differentiation. Math questions are generated based on previous performance. And, when kids get something wrong, instructional feedback is provided. Although the gaming aspect can be quite engaging for many kids, sometimes the math gets a little lost. A lot of time can pass between skills questions, and the focus is often on earning coins, treasures, pets, and other rewards. But if kids stick with it long enough, they can get plenty of math practice when they aren't battling monsters and completing quests.

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

There's a lot of focus on battling monsters, but there's no blood and scenes don't directly show violence.

Sexy Stuff
Consumerism

Some pressure to become a paid user, and leveling up partly determined by points which are more easily earned as a paid user.

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 1 through 8. 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, so it's likely kids will ask for access to those features. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared, and check out our privacy evaluation.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDoug R. February 19, 2017

Marketing to kids

Highly motivating math app. Does not teach, but reviews facts and skills. No high-level thinking. BEWARE: This product shamelessly markets to kids, encouragin... Continue reading
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
Teen, 13 years old Written byTanookized January 31, 2017

Great game!

Good game! Really good for teachers.
Teen, 17 years old Written bywisal387284 March 2, 2017

boring

this melted my brain cells and un-taught me math

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, and spells. One of the highlights of Prodigy Math Game is the adaptive platform that gives kids a personalized learning experience. Although its best suited for practice rather than instruction, the feedback for incorrect answers is especially useful for struggling kids. And parents will enjoy tracking usage and progress with the user-friendly dashboard. In terms of appearance, the graphics are impressive and will appeal to kids within the target age range. Sometimes the screens are glitchy and don't load properly, but this isn't the norm. Overall, it's a great blend of adventure and math practice, but some parents will need to make sure their kids don't linger too long in the sections of the game that don't involve learning and communicate early if becoming a paid user is in the cards.

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?

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)
  • Subscription price: $8.95/month
  • Release date: September 7, 2017
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
  • Size: 11.00 MB
  • Publisher: SMARTeacher Inc.
  • Version: 1.6
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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