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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
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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- Platforms: Mac, Windows
- Subjects: Math: arithmetic, division, multiplication
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: memorization
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: $Limited free version. $20 or $40 to rent. $60 full game.
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Big Brainz
- Release date: February 25, 2011
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: NR
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