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The Runner Quiz : Tables

Multiplication tables

Price: Android - Paid iPhone/iPad - Paid

Teacher Overview

Children spend a lot of time practising the times tables so having a variety of apps to make this less of a chore is useful.  The Runner Quiz: Tables wraps up the learning in a fun and attractive game-like package.

Teacher Review

With the renewed focus on the learning of the multiplication tables, children are having to spend more time practising them.  Reciting out loud and testing have been the traditional ways of doing this but, as generations of schoolchildren will attest, it has never been fun.   

The Runner Quiz: Tables adds some game-like presentation and challenges to times-table practice.  Children will, in essence, still be mentally reciting and being tested on the multiplication tables but within a more entertaining activity.  Children guide their runner to success along a track beset by times tables.  Players choose the correct answer by selecting the lane that contains the correct answer.  A wrong choice ends the current run by showing the correct answer while the correct one lets the player continue to build scores, coins, and keys.

The app goes to great effort to match children's expectations of games.  Gameplay mechanics such as collecting keys and coins add a familiar feel to the challenge.  The runners are more like skimmers gliding along on rocket-powered fidget spinners adding another nod to children's current interests.  Rewards can be earned and spent on cosmetic upgrades and new worlds unlocked.

As with most such apps, it can never quite be a game in children's eyes but students do show a strong preference for practising maths in this way rather than worksheets and oral tests.  In this regard, The Runner Quiz : Tables is as good as you can hope for.  

The app is very attractive to look at.  Smooth 3D graphics portray the track and the various objects as the runner powers into the screen.  Simple swipes direct the runner from one lane to another.  Music and sound effects play over the top of the action and add to the atmosphere.  

The app could use a little more polish in some of its text as there are the odd typo and strange sentence structure.  This is a maths app and the maths is perfectly accurate so this does not alter the app's usefulness in this regard and nor does it make the app difficult to use, it will just be a little distracting for players.

You might be a little surprised to see that as well as being an app that you pay to download, it mentions in-app purchases.  These are completely optional.  The app can (and should) be played through in the order its designers intended unlocking stages as you go.  However, should you wish to unlock the whole thing in advance you can pay the in-app purchase price.  There really is no need to do this but it might be a useful option for teachers who wish to start a child off on a higher level for a quick practise exercise.

It does not matter how children build their fluency in the multiplication tables as long as they do so.  You may have other apps that help and also rely on the more traditional methods.  But, variety keeps children's attention.  The Runner Quiz : Tables is a good option to add another way to keep children's interest in progressing in maths.

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In-App Purchases - Yes

In-App Advertising - No

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Developer Description

The Runner Quiz: Tables is a new and innovative way to learn multiplication tables while having fun.

HISTORY
An entity has stoled the books of knowledge, plunging humanity into oblivion. Help the heroes to recover the books with your knowledge.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?
To help the heroes in their progression, the child must respond to the multiplication that is proposed.
If the answer is good, the door opens and the hero can continue on his way.
If the answer is wrong, the game gives the good result to the child who can memorize it for the next part.

The association of the progression reward with the good result of the operation makes the child better remember what he is learning. In addition, repeating these operations in different modes also emphasizes learning.


In The runner quiz: Tables, the child will be able to train on any table or participate in different adventures to unlock all the rewards. Or get into the challenge mode that is the culmination of learning.

New levels of difficulty are offered once the child has finished an adventure so that he can continue to train and learn.


To give the child the desire to persevere in his learning, several things have been put in place:
- rewards that punctuate the learning sequences.
- vehicles-spinner that the child will be able to buy with the coins that will have collected during its run.
- new characters that the child can unlock using keys found during the adventure.
- new worlds to unlock.

Note 1: There is a possibility in the game to exchange coins won by keys.

Note 2: In-app purchases are present, but only for the most impatient, because all rewards can be unlocked with normal playing time.

An application for children but that will challenge the whole family!

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