Butterfly Math by Bugaboo Games

Butterfly Math by Bugaboo Games is an educational math game. The educational part of the app consists of clicking on butterflies with numbers to match the result of an equation presented above. The butterflies selected leave the screen, and what is left is used for the next problem. Repeat until all or 1 (not enough to answer a question) is left on the screen.

The second part of the game although not educational does give a nice transition between the math questions. You are challenged to click on as many butterflies.

The game is nicely illustrated. The music and the sound effects are mild enough to not be grading over time (at least for me, my wife had other thoughts). The game play is varied enough to keep your children entertained.

There are a couple of details that I really like. The first one is that there might be more than one set of numbers to satisfy the result of the equation. The second detail I like is the timer. You are given a set amount of time to complete the particular problem. I think the timer makes the game more fun (there is an option to turn it off). Other options available include type of problems (addition, multiplication, addition or subtraction), and music on/off.

Overall not a bad app. I reviewed it on an Android Phone as prompted by the publisher. No iPhone/iPad version exists that I can find. Available for .99 in the Google Play Store. A free version exists. It works offline. No in-app advertising (the free version will ask if you want to upgrade) and no in-app store.

Numerosity By ThoughtBox

Every app wants to be a rock star, Numerosity by ThoughtBox comes up close. It is amazing how an educational math app that is simple is also very entertaining. Basically the app (like many reviewed here) consist of answering math equations. The difference in this app is the pacing.

The pacing is fast. The app encourages you to answer the questions as fast as you can (with both visual cues and audio cues). The math for me (a grown man) is not very challenging, but I found myself playing the game level after level.

The graphics are simple but above average. The sound effects are great. Although I loved the music, I can see how it would become irritating after a while. The app does have an in-app store to buy more chapters, but you can buy them all for $5.99. It has enough content in the free version to make sure that your kids will like it. Overall a great addictive math game.

I played it on my full size iPad (provided by the publisher). It is only available on the Apple App Store.

Kindergarten Kids Math by Infinut

Kindergarten Kids by Infinut is a math education app for Android.

This app consists of 6 mini games. Counting where you have to drag circles into a container until you reach the number of circles. Maze where you drag your finger across the particular number from one end of the grid to the other end. Sequence where you have to figure out the number that is missing in a Sequence. Tens & ones where you drag coins until you match the number requested. Add and Subtract where after looking at a simple equation you have to pull down the correct number of circles into a container.

The app has below average graphics and very little sounds and no music. As a no frills math app, it is a solid app (just don’t expect your kids to find it entertaining). On the plus side it has no in-app purchases or ads.

Except for the Add and Subtract modules, all the modules are straight forward. For the addition and subtraction module, although the answer to the math equation is shown as one option, you are forced to drag the circles into the box to answer it.

I tested the free version on a full size Android tablet. The app is available on the Google Play and Amazon App Market.

Math vs. Aliens Roger Purcell

Math vs. Aliens is another math fact game. The game play is fairly simple. At the top of the screen you are presented with a math problem for a particular animal. You then have to tap as many of those animals to answer the math problem correctly. Parents that are looking for an app to practice math facts might find the animal matching aspect distracting.

Although the game is called Math vs Aliens, I am not sure how the story relates to the primary activity, but to be honest I didn’t bother reading the story line at the start of the game.

I liked the game, but there were a couple of annoying aspects. On my Android tablet the pictures for the animals looked blurry. I don’t know if the game is only intended for lower resolution Android phones, or that is how it looks on all devices. Also when closing the game, I can continue to hear the background music for the game. Again this is a common problem with other Android apps, but it should be easy to correct it.

Overall a good game. I tested the Play version on my Android tablet. An iPhone version also exists.

Hungry Fish by Motion Math

The concept is fairly simple but brilliant. A hungry fish floats about the screen while plants (or what look like plants to me) bubble numbers (bubbles with numbers in them). You join the bubbles together so that they match what the fish is hungry for (it is displayed on the body of the fish). The fish will come over and eat the bubbles. The more he eats the bigger the fish gets.

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The game is as entertaining as some of the most popular games on Android or Iphone, but with an educational twist. The action can also get frantic, especially for those that are not that finger nimble.

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Although technically a kid game, other people could enjoy it. Adults can brush up on their math facts and improve their reflexes.

The app is only available on the Apple App Store for free (it requires in app purchases to unlock subtraction, negatives and others math functions).

Everyday Mathematics Monster Squeeze

Published by McGraw-Hill, the game consists of trying to guess a mystery number by selecting a number from 1 to 10. The monster will cover the guessed number and any numbers above and below the guessed number with its tentacles. The game voice will then tell you if the mystery number is below or above the guessed number.

Although I was excited initially with the concept, my youngest child didn’t grasp the idea and my older children were bored by the game quickly. Well drawn, but very few pieces are animated and the game play is very repetitive. It also requires 2 players, and turns are not marked clearly. On the plus side, it appears to work fine without internet connection.

At $1.99 for the iOS version it seems overpriced. (No Android version found).

AJG