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Why AppHipMom loves it: Casper the friendly ghost meets “haunted” house of math
App developers are constantly challenged to design educational apps that meet both parent and child standards and the folks at Artgig Studios have hit the jackpot once again with Mystery Math Town.
Designed for kids ages 6-12 years of age, the task is to help the friendly ghost find missing fireflies that are located somewhere inside each of the houses in Math Town. The homes act like levels in the game. The higher the level, the larger the house, hence the increase in difficulty as there are more rooms and floors to navigate through.
Game starts outside of each house. In order to enter each room or floor through doors, windows or stairs, math equations must be solved. The learning requires that the child build equations, that is ___ + ___ = 6. Each room contains numbers that you’ll need to solve equations and in the early rounds, the correct numbers can be found in the same room. However, as you progress in the game, the numbers you need may not be found that handily. You can collect up to 8 numbers at a time in a drawer that follows you around the house. Often times, you’ll need to revisit rooms to find the numbers you need and ditch numbers you don’t need in order to advance in the game. This at times takes patience, but adds to the sleuthing fun.
The math skills taught in Mystery Math Town include addition from 0-50, subtraction from 1-50 and multiplication from 1-10. Within each, you can break down the level of learning so that it corresponds to your child’s current abilities. Numbers can also appear in dice and tally mark form for added difficulty.
My 12 year old daughter liked how she could explore each room. Lamps turn on, clocks tick and portraits talk. Doors and windows creek as they open. The houses have a “haunted” feel to them and I say that lightly. It is not scary by any means, but for the younger kids, they may enjoy the mysterious aura to the game.
Once you’ve collected the jars in all the houses, a new aspect of the game gets unlocked. The game shifts to finding gold coins in each of the homes. Your reward upon completion at each house is a portrait that will added to your gallery. These are not any ordinary portraits, they are opinionated with much to say.
If you’re looking for something different, Mystery Math Town is it. In an (educational) app world mostly dominated with games for toddlers and preschoolers, Mystery Math Town will hold the interest of even the most fickle gamester in your family.
*Disclosure: I received a promo code for testing purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.