Bottom line: Cute monkeys and terrific graphics help your little monkey master multiplication tables. Nothing revolutionary, but at 99 cents, a great option for multiplication practice for kids.
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This is the second math app I’ve reviewed this week. I’m pretty sure they’re trying to get me to quit.
If I must do math, 10 Monkeys Multiplication is a fine way to do it. Bo’s ten monkey friends are trapped and only your kid’s multiplication skills can free them. Free one monkey at each level — 2 through 10, as well as a mixed level — and maybe get your name on the worldwide leader board in the process.
The graphics in this app are really outstanding. The monkeys are adorable, and each one actually has its own little facial expression and personality (they have names, too). And Bo, the head honcho, pounds his chest in stereotypical gorilla fashion if you tap him. Quite adorable, I tell you.
As far as game play goes, there’s nothing new going on here that can’t be found in a lot of other multiplication apps. I mean, let’s face it — multiplication practice is multiplication practice, no matter how many cute monkeys you have to dress it up. So don’t expect revolutionary teaching techniques. But still, for 99 cents, this is a good option to offer your kid some practice. The developer, 10monkeys.com, is Finnish, and it’s true that Finland has a reputation for excellence in math education. So maybe they have something to teach all of us.
Users are presented with a multiplication problem as well as several bubbles containing possible answers. Choose the right answer (or right answers, if more than one correct bubble is offered), and get points. Pretty simple and straightforward. The games are timed, so the longer you dilly-dally in choosing an answer, the more potential points you lose. As users move up the multiplication tree and further into each section, more bubbles are presented faster, making it tougher to tap the right ones. So while it’s not fancy, it’s definitely challenging for a beginning math nerd.
There’s a tutorial that can be turned on or off in the settings section, offering tips on the best ways to accumulate the most points. I think maybe I needed a bit more tutoring, as my high scores didn’t come anywhere close to those of the kids on the leader board. At the highest level, users need 150,000 points to free Teo the monkey — I got about 50,000, not because I didn’t know the answers, but because I wasn’t fast enough. My daughter hasn’t learned multiplication tables yet, but I can imagine that when the time comes, she might be frustrated by her inability to keep up the necessary pace to free the monkeys. Expectations might be a bit steep for beginners — I wonder if the developer would consider adding game play levels, for those kids who are new to multiplication but still deserve some sort of reward for their hard work.
The app contains no ads or in-app purchases, which is great,
but there are some external links that are
a bit too close to the surface for my taste. Of course, kids who are learning multiplication are a bit older than my daughter, so maybe it’s not so great a concern. But I would prefer that links to Facebook, the App Store and Twitter be a bit less accessible.
This app is probably worth three and a half stars, largely because there are so many out there that are pretty much exactly like it. But it gets four from me for two reasons: price and sheer cuteness. The great graphics and adorable monkeys are worth an extra half star, especially at 99 cents.
So if your little monkey needs some multiplication practice, check out 10 Monkeys Multiplication.
Emilie has done more math this week than she’s done since high school. SmartAppsForKids.com was paid a priority review fee to complete this review in an expedited manner.