Parents' Guide to

Math Blaster

By Sarah Van Boerum, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Early math game limited by age requirements, ads, lag.

Game Facebook 2015
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Throw together math, alien life, and a variety of locations throughout the galaxy and you have Math Blaster. By mixing a variety of fun yet challenging levels with math subjects including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fractions, players go to the levels of their choosing and are presented with a variety of levels that test their skills. With game titles such as "Angle Attack" and "Zapper" in the math academy, players have to look at and solve numerous math problems quickly to get to the next level and earn additional points they can spend on their avatars. Difficulty changes with each level, and this fast-paced game gives great feedback during play, so you can correct mistakes quickly.

Unfortunately, we did notice that Math Blaster does quite a bit of its own advertising between each menu selection. While levels are loading, a vast majority of the ads are dedicated to enticing players to become a Math Blaster member. Becoming a member is important if you want to get any further than the first level at each station or do anything extra with your avatar, which can be seen as restrictive to play or learning. Pricing is set at $4.99 a month and $39.99 annually, and a lifetime membership is $69.99. Gameplay and quality also seem to lag during many levels; there were times during each level where everything slowed down for some time and then sped back up. This significantly messed with overall gameplay and will definitely annoy players. Plus, these early math concepts (which are great for young kids in elementary school) are stuck behind Facebook's 13 and older age restrictions, so parents will have to be a part of their math experience from start to finish. Overall, Math Blaster is a fun way to work on your math skills, but the constant ad promotion and the lag in play hurts the learning experience.

Game Details

  • Platform: Facebook
  • Subjects: Math : addition, arithmetic, counting, division, equations, fractions, measurement, multiplication, numbers, sequences, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, collecting data, decision-making, deduction, defining problems, logic, part-whole relationships, problem solving, solving puzzles, strategy, thinking critically, Creativity : combining knowledge, imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Self-Direction : academic development, achieving goals, effort, self-assessment, set objectives, time management, work to achieve goals, working efficiently
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
  • Release date: February 22, 2015
  • Genre: Educational
  • Topics: Adventures , Great Boy Role Models , Great Girl Role Models , Numbers and Letters , Space and Aliens
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: July 14, 2023

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