Times Tables Warp: The Multiplication Facts Game

App review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Arcade action flies kids through times tables.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn multiplication facts from zeroes to twelves. In a rapid-fire environment, kids will have to focus and master controls to be successful. Because data isn't broken down by specific math facts, targeted assessment isn't possible. Also, the fast pace and sometimes unclear visuals (text that doesn't stand out against its background color) might overshadow the actual math. Times Tables Warp: The Multiplication Facts Game is an exciting times-table ride, but the learning can get left behind.

Ease of Play

Simple game, tricky controls, but reasonable and responsive.

Violence

Some blasting of meteors and crashing through satellites.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Times Tables Warp is an arcade-style multiplication review and test app with manga-style graphics and snappy audio. Once they get the hang of the controls, kids can easily select the factor they want to review and test by flying one of three characters into products along a flat plane course. The action nearly drowns out the learning, but for kids accustomed to arcade play, it might be the perfect way to cement those facts.

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What's it about?

Kids select one of three characters, get a quick graphic and narrative tutorial on gameplay and controls, and then take off on a Star School mission in TIMES TABLES WARP: MULTIPLICATION FACTS GAME. While flying through blocks displaying products, kids tilt the device forward and back to speed up or slow down, tilt it left and right to navigate, and tap the screen to blast through space junk and meteors. Kids get a percent correct after about 20 correct items, but the game will go on indefinitely if all answers are incorrect.

Is it any good?

Times Tables Warp: Multiplication Facts Game will engage most kids, especially those who like arcade action. Contrast is poor for expressions (baby blue on white) and only slightly better for products (orange on white). Characters move down the course rather quickly, but kids can learn to slow it down by tilting the device all the way forward (vertical). Feedback comes gently with electronic tones for wrong answers and ethereal waves for correct ones. Most kids won't notice any of this because they'll be too busy guiding their characters along the course. Controls are very similar to two-handed game console controls.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about math they encounter every day: If we get two apples at $0.99 each, how much money do we need?

  • Discuss the types of math your kids enjoy and find challenging: Are there specific operations that are tricky? Why?

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