SMART Adventures Mission Math 2: Peril at the Pyramids

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Story-based gameplay makes math an adventure.

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Educational Value

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.

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What 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.

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What's it about?

SMART ADVENTURES MISSION MATH 2: PERILS AT THE PYRAMID begins with a brief cartoon-style story about the mission. Kids select an avatar, which is then placed directly within the story. There are six main areas to explore at the dig site, and they are arranged on an interactive map. Kids choose a section to begin a mini-game, and each starts with on-screen instructions and an animated tutorial. Though games are not timed, kids have to finish a certain number of problems correctly to complete a mini-game. Among other math concepts and skills, prime numbers, volume, area, perimeter, and probability are covered. Excitement builds as kids learn more about the missing artifacts and get closer to solving the mystery.

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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  • Families can talk about the math concepts that kids practiced in each mini-game. Have kids write similar problems using paper and pencil. For example, if a mini-game was about volume, have kids write a word problem that involves finding the volume of a rectangular prism like the ones in the game.

  • Have kids design a pencil-and-paper version of a new mini-game that could be added to the mission. Make sure they focus on a particular content area.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Math: arithmetic, division, geometry, numbers, patterns, probability, statistics
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, problem solving
    Self-Direction: academic development, work to achieve goals
  • Price: $4.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: March 6, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 128.00 MB
  • Publisher: Kata Enterprises, Inc.
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

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