GoGo Math Games

Common Sense Media says

Constant ads overpower these pretty good free math games.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixing cute games with math practice is fun in theory, but the pervasive ads kind of ruin the whole experience.

Violence

There's some violence in image ads, but none in games.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Pervasive menu, dynamic, and video ads distract from learning. A pop-up for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the middle of a game both ruins the flow and sends a weird message about what the site's goals are.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Although there's no login option, users should take note: "This website may utilize certain services provided by DoubleClick, Inc." A link is provided to opt out from "data collection, reporting and/or targeting activities associated with its services."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that GoGo Math Games crams tons of math and logic games as well as tons of video, dynamic, and deceptive ads all into one tight space. Too bad, because it's a good collection with a flexible and accessible layout. As part of the suite of sites in the PrimaryGames "network," GoGo Math Games suffers from easy links to even more ad-laden sites for kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • grouping
  • numbers
  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • fractions

Hobbies

  • board games
  • building

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most games are spare, simple, and effective, but the plethora of ads is overwhelming. Design also is a bit busy; lots of color and many options make for visual overload.

Learning Approach

Many concepts and fluency develop naturally, and kids may be empowered when they see themselves on the leaderboard. However, deceptive ad links, including adult-level video ads, break down trust.

Support

The site's Facebook page sports a handful of likes, but that's where the extensions end. The related Primary Games Network is a set of similar websites with different themes but not a network of users or support.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Math

  • grouping
  • numbers
  • arithmetic
  • counting
  • fractions

Hobbies

  • board games
  • building

Kids can learn fluency in calculations, thinking skills, time management, and efficient work habits. "Melius Math" hones quick calculations for multiples of 5, while "Adding Fractions" challenges kids to find common denominators and create whole integers. "MathCopter" flies kids into equivalent fraction fluency. A total site scrub, removing "data collection, reporting and/or targeting activities" and making video ads 100 percent optional, would build better trust with parents and eliminate kid distraction. GoGo Math Games nearly negates its math-learning potential by tipping the commercial scales way too far.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

GOGO MATH GAMES is a free website featuring lots of math games for younger students. The mostly elementary-level games are organized by topics such as integers, geometry, logic, maze, and simulation. An About page claims several thousand games are in its network, but only 180 titles are apparent on the site. Click on a game, and the play screen will pop up; read the instructions and begin playing.

The home page view places ads front and center; views by topic are better, but it can still be hard to tell ads from game menus. Video ads precede every new game load and cannot be skipped until about two-thirds of the way through, if at all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

GoGo Math Games has a good collection of math games without violence or inappropriate content, but ads completely taint the experience. A kindergartner playing "Count the Sheep" must first watch a video on online banking endorsed by a professional basketball player. Older kids playing "Space & Arrows" must hear about a bread boutique before using the space bar and arrow keys to build towers, track the Queen, or jump to save balloons. Games are organized by topic but not grade level, so kids will have to try out many to find the appropriate ones for them, ensuring even more exposure to those pervasive ads.

There are a few good points: the overall level of game quality is reasonably good, it doesn't take too many points to qualify for a consistently formatted leaderboard (no registration required), and kids can choose to decline the leaderboard all together. In the end, however, this isn't enough to make GoGo Math Games a standout site. Since many of the same games are available on other game portal sites, it might be better to go-go elsewhere.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how advertising works its way into lots of unwanted places. Talk to your kids about why clicking on unrelated ads may not be good for them or their computers.

  • Challenge your kids to a match in one of their favorite GoGo Games.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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