A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this software contains only one game, but it is offered on three levels of difficulty. It helps kids with math facts by drilling number identification and two-digit addition and subtraction. It allows kids to play at their own level while competing against each other.
What's it about?
This math game for kids ages 4 to 7 mimics the classic Space Invaders arcade game. Kids answer math questions by shooting at numbered space rocks. The space rocks are arranged in rows that descend slowly. Players control a spaceship located below the rows of numbered space rocks.
If kids shoot the correct answer, all the space rocks in the row explode, leaving valuable space gems which, when shot down, earn points. If kids shoot the wrong rock, it falls down and may damage the spaceship. The game sorts the math into three levels of difficulty; the easiest level drills number identification and the hardest level tests two-digit addition and subtraction. Two players of differing abilities can compete for best score; each player can play on a level appropriate for his or her learning.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why this game is so addictive. As an arcade game, Space Invaders has always been very popular; why has this game enjoyed such longevity? Also, parents may want to ask: Is this a good way to teach kids math? Do you see anything wrong with using video games as a teaching tool?
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