What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Timez Attack is an educational game for learning multiplication tables. It's basically flashcard-style practice under the guise of a 3-D dungeon crawler; kids learn the fundamentals of multiplication (repeated adding of numbers) and then get practice solving problems. Answers are timed, promoting quick responses, and levels get increasingly difficult while reinforcing previous knowledge. Since the game is timed and limited to the basics of multiplication, kids with slower response times and more advanced learners might not get much out of play.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- work to achieve goals
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids explore a 3-D world, but the activities are repetitive, revealing that this is less of an adventure game and more a reworking of flashcards.
Kids gain ample practice with multiplication tables with solid reinforcement and a gradual ramping-up of the challenge. However, the game relies completely on drill-style instruction.
Without responsive feedback or the ability to save their scores, kids may have a hard time figuring out how to fill in their gaps. There's some negative reinforcement when kids get wrong answers.
What's it about?
The player is a small green monster who finds his or her way into the \"Dungeon of Ignoruntz\" and must use math and multiplication to battle his or her way out. Kids encounter a variety of enemies including dinosars, robots, and ogres as they progress through increasingly difficult levels.
Is it any good?
TIMEZ ATTACK is a good game for beginning multiplication students and remedial students, but don't expect much more than a drill-and-kill-style experience. Kids explore a standard dungeon environment, but it doesn't have the variety of mechanics and gameplay experiences of even the worst mass-market releases. Still, for kids who like games, this is a better option than flashcards. Note that it won't be for everybody, however, since it forces players to rely on 10-key typing skills, mouse clicks, and fast mental math to play successfully. If this isn't a problem, Timez Attack should serve as a nice supplement to multiplication-tables memorization.