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

Pet Shop Story

Build a pet store, vist other people’s pet stores, and create your own breeds.

From the amount of time that the kids spend on the app, I suspect it is fairly addictive. Better than average graphics and cute sounds.

Requires internet access, sends notification of things that are happening in your store, and tries to push your kids to purchase in-game items (with real cash). None of this seems to hinder the fun factor.

Available on Apple App Store for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices. (Reviewed on Android).

Although the game is fun it has limited educational value, and the constant push to pay with real world money might be frustrating for some kids.

AJG

Stack the States

States drop from top of screen, and the player is prompted to touch the correct state. Doing it correctly enough times clears the board and you are awarded a particular state. The awarded state is displayed on the USA map.

Even as an adult I enjoy the game. Great sound effects, graphics, and addictive elements make it a game you and your children would come back to again and again. My children love the game and all of them get something out of it (even the youngest, who can’t read).

At a price of 99 cents it is a bargain. A free version is available (not reviewed). The game is available on iOS and Windows phones, and works perfectly well when not connected (perfect for road trips). An outstanding educational game for the entire family. You are never to old to learn your states.

Review by AJG.