A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn and practice several important math skills by completing the mini-games. The game covers core concepts including prime and composite numbers, volume, area, perimeter, spatial rotations, order of operations, division, and statistics and probability. Kids are empowered to move around the areas of the dig site as they wish, and each area focuses on a different skill set. Each mission has three levels of difficulty, so kids are challenged as they continue to play. Tips and hints remind students how to solve some of the problems, but there's no feedback for incorrect answers. SMART Adventures Mission Math 2 will make math practice more palatable and is strong at reinforcing skills rather than teaching them.
Ease of Play
Using the touchscreen controls is easy, but figuring out how to move around the dig site takes a little practice.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SMART Adventures Mission Math 2: Perils at the Pyramid is an interactive, story-based math game. It's a sequel to the original app, SMART Adventures Mission Math 1: Sabotage at the Space Station. In this version, kids solve problems so they can help solve a mystery about missing artifacts at an archeological dig site. As they try to solve the mystery, kids play mini-games and work with a variety of math content. Kids also solve problems related to science, technology, and engineering.
Is It Any Good?
Kids will be immediately drawn in and excited about solving the mystery, which is the most appealing feature of the game. Making math fun is important, and the app does an excellent job with it. A wide range of skills is covered, but there's no feedback for incorrect answers, so the game is great for kids if they need to practice before a test or simply want to reinforce various concepts, but it's not effective as an introduction to the ideas.
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