A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SaveTheSushi is similar to Sushi Monster in its game-like approach to math practice, but focuses solely on multiplication of numbers 2 through 9. In place of traditional math problems, kids must identify the multiples of a number. Shadowy characters pass across the screen with numbers on their heads, and kids must tap quickly to catch the right ones. Two modes of play and three difficulty levels offer kids variations on the game, including a multiplayer option to compete against friends taking turns on the same device.
What's it about?
Kids choose between two modes of play, campaign or arcade, and set the level at easy, medium, or hard. In both modes, kids see a number at the top of the screen and must tap on its multiples as numbers pass by on the heads of characters. Campaign mode has ten increasingly challenging stages. Arcade mode gives kids a time limit within which to beat their best scores. Before each round of play, a text-only tutorial screen briefly reminds kids of the basics of gameplay. Kids can also compete against friends taking turns on the same device.
Is it any good?
In SAVETHESUSHI, kids join the Yogome Squad to save the Golden Sushi from Evil Queen Ignorantia. With fun music, arcade-like sound effects, and cool graphics, this app will definitely catch kids' attention. The gameplay options and design make it possible for kids to practice at their own pace. And the gameplay is great for strengthening both multiplication and division skills because kids must think in reverse as they decide which numbers are multiples.
Campaign stages and high scores are great motivators for players to do better; however, there is no explanation for how to earn the badges, making them feel like empty rewards. Kids can choose their own avatars (Yogotars), but might be disappointed at the lack of diversity in the options. Despite these minor complaints, SaveTheSushi offers kids a fun way to practice math skills.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: division, multiplication
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 3, 2012
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 15.50 MB
- Publisher: Yogome
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
For kids who love math
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