Timez Attack

  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $Limited free version. $20 or $40 to rent. $60 full game.
  • Genre: Educational

Common Sense Media says

Multiplication adventure game reinvents flashcards.
  • Platforms: Mac, Windows
  • Price: $Limited free version. $20 or $40 to rent. $60 full game.
  • Genre: Educational

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the intent of Timez Attack is to be positive (the main character is conquering the dungeon of "ignoruntz"), the only way to progress past checkpoints is to use a kind of telepathic ability to "damage" adversaries. If the player gets the questions wrong, he or she is punished with cartoon violence.

Positive role models

The characters are mostly neutral, but there's some hint that the main character is using intelligence to overcome obstacles. The main character also provides praise and encouragement between levels.

Ease of play

There are few instructions, but movement is similar to other third-person games. There isn't much feedback about play, questions are repetitive, and levels must be repeated until the player gets the right answers.

Violence & scariness

Mild cartoon violence with no gore or permanent harm.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There are no privacy or safety concerns.

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

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • division
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • arithmetic
  • division
  • multiplication

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn and memorize their multiplication tables as well as how multiplication boils down to the repeated addition of numbers. In this way, kids learn both the multiplication tables and the rules, or logic, of multiplication. Since kids are repeatedly tested on this knowledge as they face off against dangerous ogres in a dungeon, they'll also learn to provide answers promptly. Although it's not much more than a flashier, game-like version of flashcards, Timez Attack provides a nice alternative to the rote business of learning multiplication.

This Learning Rating review was written by Jenny Bristol

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

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Game details

Platforms:Mac, Windows
Price:$Limited free version. $20 or $40 to rent. $60 full game.
Pricing structure:Free, Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Big Brainz
Release date:February 25, 2011
Genre:Educational
Topics:Magic and fantasy

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written byjaninab October 28, 2014
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Excellent math fact practice

This is a game kids will actually play and enjoy to master their math facts. It is much better than the typical math fact game. In fact, it is the best tool I have tried for improving my daughter's math skills. Which math facts are shown as your character unlocks a maze will be based on previous answers. There are versions for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. We only downloaded the multiplication version, but I expect to go back and get the rest as well. It is impossible to progress through the game without improving both accuracy and fluency. I found it well worth it to purchase the full licensed version, but get the trial version first to make sure your child will enjoy it.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Educator and Parent Written by61Keys August 25, 2014
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Great for boys

All three of my boys loved this learning game. It made my job easy. There was no forcing them to drill.

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