A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn and brush up on a variety of math facts with the help of Math Blaster. A pop-up map makes maneuverability a breeze, and there are plenty of ports that make players put on their critical-thinking caps as they go around solving numerical problems. Subject matter includes addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, degrees, and fractions as your character blasts from level to level. Amid the educational gameplay, check out Nebula Knockout and the Mutt Training Center for fun gameplay that allows you to put your pet in the ring to teach him some new tricks. Math Blaster makes math facts and memorization enjoyable and reachable on each level.
Positive feedback, scores provide upbeat motivation to practice math, improve scores, have fun.
Positive Role Models
Avatars give helpful feedback, whether you're mastering a level or not. Players will want to get better with math to continue to more difficult levels.
Ease of Play
Gameplay can be tricky at first, since characters are controlled with arrow and keyboard buttons, but it's easy to get the hang of. Mechanics the same from level to level.
Products & Purchases
Players only allowed to test first level of each game at any station, leaving very limited gameplay. During each level, players are consistently reminded they have to pay money to continue.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Math Blaster is an online Facebook video game with math education in mind. Players tackle a variety of math facts including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and more to beat the enemy and level up. Gameplay is fast-paced, fun, and set in outer space, with a variety of alien creatures and galactic locations that keep it engaging. Parents will want to keep an eye on their kid's use of the game, since it requires personal information and there's in-game chat available between players.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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