GoGo Math Games
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- board games
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.