Tower Math

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Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced play best for basic practice and fluency.

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Educational Value

Varying levels of difficulty and the ability to save progress are useful learning tools. Kids who want to be more challenged by the harder math problems might get frustrated that they can’t keep up with the pace of the game.

Ease of Play

Getting started is simple, but using the scratch pad is a bit tedious. Figuring out the best game strategy is tough – there’s not enough time to think about which cannons to use and which towers to build first.

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There’s an ad on the home screen for the developer’s other apps. Tapping and holding an icon for a few seconds takes users to the app store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tower Math is an education game for iOS and Android devices. Kids have to quickly solve math problems in order to free a bunch of numbers that have been turned into monsters. All of the numbers must be saved before they get to the end of the path. The game accommodates up to five player profiles, has three levels of difficulty, and gets more challenging with each unlocked level. There’s a parent gate for accessing to other apps in the app store, but breaking the gate is simple – tap and hold on icon for three seconds. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In TOWER MATH, kids choose an operation – addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. For each math problem solved, kids build a tower with a cannon, or they can use some other special powers that free the monster numbers that travel along a path. There are three levels of difficulty, and several levels to unlock. There’s also a scratch pad kids can use for calculations, but they’ll have to be fast so they can free the numbers before they get to the end of the path.

Is it any good?

The greatest value of this fast-paced game is that it offers different levels of difficulty across four mathematical operations, but it’s best suited for building fluency in basic match facts. There’s not much time for kids to do calculations, and the scratch pad is pretty cumbersome. Kids have two chances to get an answer correct and are not offered feedback or help. But for those who need to practice basic arithmetic skills or prepare for timed assessments, this game could do the trick.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how kids can use Tower Math to brush up on their math skills. Does it make it more difficult when they have to solve math problems quickly? Why might this skill be useful?

  • Talk about which level kids will use to play the game. They may be able to solve the easier problems faster, but will this help them improve their math skills?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, multiplication, subtraction
  • Price: Paid
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($1.99)
  • Release date: December 23, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy
  • Size: 184.00 MB
  • Publisher: Freecloud Design, Inc.
  • Version: 1.8
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: March 11, 2020

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