A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This game doesn’t necessarily make working with numbers and shapes fun, but it does encourage and provide a novel means by which to practice basic math skills.
Positive Role Models
A mostly static but happy-looking little monster delivers text instructions for each activity.
Ease of Play
Activities are divided into four neat groups (first through fourth grades, but they are referred to as 2nd year- 5th year because they consider kindergarten as the 1st year of school) based on difficulty. Challenge levels are suitable for each recommended age, though, oddly, we found some activities in earlier grades more difficult to fathom than those in later grades. However, this had more to do with poorly worded instructions than difficulty; once the objective was understood the underlying math was simple.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Learn Math is a math-themed educational game that provides a broad spectrum of math challenges for kids between the ages of six and ten. The majority of activities are in the style of those found in workbooks and focus on basic skills including arithmetic, geometry, and time. Older kids will have no problem understanding what to do, but younger ones will need the help of parents to discern what is required of them in certain activities.
Is It Any Good?
Based solely on pedagogical value, Learn Math scores well. It is in many ways just an interactive workbook, providing good practice in the sorts of math problems that kids typically encounter in the classroom. Kids will perform basic arithmetic, solve word problems, and learn tricks to perform quick calculations in their heads. It's not comprehensive, but kids who spend significant time with the game will likely come away with their arithmetic skills at least slightly polished.
It's just a shame that it all feels so dry. Many sections of the game feel no more exciting than working through sheets of problems handed out by a teacher. There's a little game at the end of each grade -- including a match-three puzzler and an Arkanoid clone -- but these are too simple to serve as real rewards. Plus some of the problems -- not to mention the instructions for certain activities -- are poorly worded and overly difficult to understand. Kids will learn, but whether they'll have any more fun than they do at school is debatable.
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