Math Missions

Game review by
Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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An excellent math game for the Leapster.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational game entices kids to play math games by rewarding them with fake money to spend on in-game arcade games (which are somewhat educational). A good on-the-go option, but parents who own computers might want to check out the computer games on which this title is based -- they provide a more in-depth math practice.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTrevor C. March 16, 2018


my son is 17 and cannot get passed stage 5. there are too many equations involving the pythagorean theorem or the quadratic formula. my husband and i also had s... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byprettygirlsofly22 October 6, 2010


i hate it very much it is bad and not educational
Kid, 9 years old June 18, 2012

this is a carnevel

i think it is awsome.
Kid, 7 years old October 28, 2011


well i love thiss math game alot ann mi kids do too soo happy thank faver much......????aka kiara

What's it about?

Leapster MATH MISSIONS transports kids to Spectacle City, a metropolis notorious for its poor math skills. Kids are employed by four businesses, and at each they use their math skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and geometry) to solve everyday problems.

This translates into gameplay: At the seafood market, kids help the clerk weigh fish by dragging the seafood onto a scale until it's balanced. At another store, kids help tag merchandise for sale by matching a target sale number. The other two businesses need help matching geometric shapes in a tangram puzzle, and using logic to fill candy orders to match customers' feedback. When kids have earned enough money, they can spend it at the city's gaming arcade.

Is it any good?

In 2003, Scholastic released two excellent Math Missions computer software titles for kids. By partnering with Leapfrog, Scholastic now brings some of the content and characters from the original Math Missions to the Leapster format, and the result is an outstanding handheld math video game for first- through third-graders.

Leapster Math Missions is an excellent choice for families who own a Leapster or the Leapster L-Max. These on-the-go math games can be played on three levels of difficulty, and they have built-in tutorial help.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how they use math in their own real life situations (going to the store, taking a bus, etc.). What are some offline activities you can do to keep working on the same skills that this game targets?

Game details

  • Platforms: Leapster
  • Price: $24.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: LeapFrog
  • Release date: January 25, 2006
  • Genre: Educational
  • ESRB rating: E
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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