Bottom Line: Fun math apps are always a welcome "addition" to the review pool. This app brings riddles and word jumbles to math exercises making it enjoyable to practice. With 500 riddles and 600 word jumbles, there will be no shortage of practice problems.
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Make no mistakes about this app, it's for practicing those math skills with decimals and fractions. This app is not intended to teach nine to eleven year-olds how to do the math, but may make kids want to practice. In an unusual move while I was running this app through my typical review motions seeing what it does and where it may need help or where bugs are, my fifth-grade son hovered over my shoulder until he finally asked if he could play. A math app that makes a kid want to do math is a winner in my book and probably yours too.
The app is cleanly designed and easy to navigate. There are no annoying sounds or pop-ups or circus music that may cause distractions. The games are simple to understand and can be played with a single player or multiple players who earn dollars for winning. The app opens to a home screen where users choose from a list of fractions, decimals, measurement, angles and whether the user will be doing word jumbles or riddles. Under fractions the games are divided by fraction pies, fractions on a line, add, subtract, multiply or divide. For decimals, the subcategories are add, subtract, multiply, divide. Measurement subcategories are divided into length, volume, weight and time, then users can choose add, subtract, multiply or divide. Angles has no subcategories. After a subcategory has been chosen, users choose how many players, then type in a player name to begin play.
The play area consists of empty letter shares at the top of the screen that have fractions or decimals beneath each. There is a riddle below that, for instance, "What do you call cattle that lay in the grass?" Below that is an area that contains the letters with fractions or problems that must be solved to match the letters from below to the appropriate spaces above in order to solve the riddle. Users can choose to guess or solve and will be prompted how to complete those tasks. Users can also choose a new game or to quit and return to the main menu. By matching fractions with their pie illustrations, I solved the riddle above with, "ground beef". I'm writing all of these down to share with our Smart Apps Grand Poobah.
While tinkering with the app I found no bugs and I found it easy to move around in the app. The app is designed so well that it could be a welcome addition in any home that wants to reinforce learning as well as a fun classroom activity in schools. Highly recommended.