Math Manimals - Train math the fun way

Rating Math Manimals - Train math the fun way - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

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  • Paid
  • age 5+
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About Math Manimals - Train math the fun way

A game based number app, similar to flappy bird, that allows children to practice their calculations using the four operations.  Targeted at younger children who can count and are now beginning to understand number operations, by answering questions correctly, they are encouraged to collect stars throughout the game, levelling up and unlocking different characters.  Mathematically, children practice their mental skills and are able to alter the level of difficulty too, selecting from numbers between 10 and 100.  

Math Manimals - Train math the fun way Review

A flappy bird style, number based app, that allows children to practice their four operations: addition; subtraction; multiplication and division. 

Upon opening the app, children are presented with the homepage and played a catchy tune, while the “start” button flashes, directing them to click this button.  Upon clicking it, they are taken to another screen where they can choose from a range of different characters, some of which are locked and require a certain number of stars to unlock them.  Next, children are asked to select the desired operation, followed by the level of difficulty and then are given simple instructions on how to play.  The game play is a simple concept – a question is shown, with several possible answers floating past. The user must move the character, with their finger, in order to select the correct answer.  In doing this, they must also avoid dangers, such as a flying pencil, hazards on the ground and incorrect answers.  Touching any of these, immediately ends the game and the child is asked whether they want to return to the homepage or restart.  Correct answers allow the game to continue with the ultimate aim of achieving the highest number of stars (correct answers).  Children can avoid all answers if they do not know the answer, and there are some questions which appear without an answer (or hidden behind another answer), so this is a useful feature.  It is clear from the graphics and sound that the developers have taken the time to consider the game play, however, longer term there needs to be further challenge to continue to engage children.  This could be achieved through a variety of methods: speeding up the questions (which take up to 10 seconds to appear) or a slow down feature for harder questions; adding further dangers as the game progresses; or even the ability to gain extra lives. 

In terms of the mathematics, children are able to select the desired operation and the appropriate level of difficulty.  Although selecting numbers within 10, 20, 50 and 100 is effective for addition and subtraction, it is not appropriate for multiplication and division questions.  Instead, children should be able to select the specific tables, from 1-12 times tables, then perhaps, multiples of 10s and 25s.  Upon first glance, it seemed that the developers were aware of this and had compensated to some extent, as the questions that appeared tended to focus on multiplying or dividing a 2-digit number by 2, 3 or 4 – extremely age appropriate.  However, as the game progressed, questions such as 68/17=4 appeared which become difficult to solve mentally.  Such a question could be easily switched to become 68/4=17 which would be much more appropriate.

Returning to the homepage, the total number of correct answers (stars) is displayed in the top corner. Children can use these to purchase additional characters, with each subsequent character costing more.  This is the motivation children need to continue practicing their mathematics.  Strangely, there are no other “options” within the app and this might be useful, for example to mute background music or change the speed of the game play.

Overall, worthy of a four-star rating.  However, with a few tweaks, this app has the potential to suit a range of different audiences and abilities, and certainly become a five-star app.

App Details

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Devices

Android, iPad, iPhone

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Skills

Engagement and Usability
Academic Relevance
Thinking & Reasoning

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

webgearing ag

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