What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super 7 is an arcade-style matching game that has math at the heart of its play. Discs marked with the numbers 1 through 6 bounce around the screen; you need to draw lines connecting discs that add up to seven. To make it more difficult, you also can't allow discs that would add up to more than 7 to bump into one another. As the screen fills with more and more discs, you need to do some frantic, rapid adding. It's a great way to make math fun and exercise your quick-thinking skills.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
What's it about?
Discs numbered 1 to 6 float across the screen and collide with one another, forming new discs. Players try to combine discs that add up to seven. The game ends if discs add up to more than seven. Players can touch a disc and draw a line in any direction, and the disc will follow the course of that line. There are also multiplication, division, negative numbers, and wild card discs. Players can choose between the regular or XL game, which has a larger play area and room for more discs.
Is it any good?
SUPER 7 is remarkable in that it's essentially a math game, but never feels even remotely like homework. It's rare to find a game in which you are running arithmatic problems through your head so constantly, but always feeling like you're just playing an awesome, fast-paced arcade game. It provides the same kind of thrill as old-school arcade games like Asteroids, but also carries with it the nice, edifying feeling that you're honing your math skills at the same time. It's a pretty great accomplishment.
Families can talk about...
If your kids are struggling with Super 7, play along with them. On the iPad, the screen is big enough for cooperative play.
Seek out other math-based games for your kids. Games are a great way for kids to review and show you what they're learning in school.