Timez Attack

Game review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Multiplication adventure game reinvents flashcards.
  • Mac, Windows
  • $Limited free version. $20 or $40 to rent. $60 full game.
  • 2011

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

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.

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 & Representations

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
Consumerism

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 10 year old Written byjaninab October 28, 2014

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... Continue reading
Adult Written by61Keys August 25, 2014

Great for boys

All three of my boys loved this learning game. It made my job easy. There was no forcing them to drill.
Teen, 15 years old Written byjakob_whitinger March 28, 2017

Timez Attack is LIT

the best god damn game I've ever played. Even better than the last of us

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.

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  • Families can discuss if and how playing Timez Attack is a better or worse way of learning multiplication.

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