By Amanda Bindel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun math puzzler gives answers; you figure out questions.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn to solve addition and subtraction problems using two or three numbers (four or five in the paid version or in Free Play). It's straightforward practice with no feedback, though, so kids need to be self-motivated and reflective to figure out why they were wrong and then find the right answer. Once kids get started, they won't want to stop, making Quento a nice option for daily addition and subtraction practice.
Ease of Play
Step-by-step instruction walks players through the first few rounds. After that, there are no hints at all.
Products & Purchases
Game is totally playable without in-app purchases, but you can purchase higher levels for further challenge.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quento is a math puzzler that starts with the answer and asks you to create the equation. The free version includes two and three number puzzles; more puzzles are available as in-app purchases. Many problems have more than one solution, which can be helpful for kids. Swiping left opens up the Free Play mode, where players still start with an answer, but they can swipe as many numbers as they need without penalty to find the solution.
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What’s It About?
Starting with an answer and a grid containing five numbers and four operation signs, kids swipe through two or three numbers, combined by a plus or minus sign, to find the solution. If players find the correct solution, the next puzzle opens up with a new answer and a new set of numbers. If they're wrong, they hear a short beep and the puzzle doesn't change. No hints are provided after the initial instructional round. Once kids master a level of two-number equations, the three-number equations open up, eventually offering both options.
Is It Any Good?
QUENTO walks kids through how to play the first time the app is opened; beyond that, there's no instruction. However, the interface is simple with no distractions. The approach gets kids thinking critically, especially since each answer could have multiple workable solutions. To keep kids motivated, you can purchase a few higher levels, but Free Play will extend the challenge as well. No scores are kept and no feedback is provided, which means parents may have to help out a bit. There's also no time pressure, making this a challenging as well as fun option for daily math practice.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the importance of daily math practice. Just like daily reading, practicing math sharpens and improves skills. Puzzles keep it fun.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Chromebook, Windows app
- Subjects: Math: addition, algebra, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, thinking critically, Self-Direction: academic development
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Free (A $.99 in-app purchase unlocks four- and five-number puzzles.)
- Release date: April 16, 2014
- Category: Educational Games
- Topics: High School, Numbers and Letters
- Publisher: Q42 B.V.
- Version: 1.3.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up.
- Last updated: January 23, 2019
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