Some say ‘math’, and some say ‘maths’, but whatever way you say the short form of the word ‘mathematics’, Monster Math is here to help teach kids some maths. Or math. Seriously though, Monster Math, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes APp Store, is a superb teaching app/game that will get kids to learn, not just while having fun, but without actually realising they are learning.
The strength of the app is its perfect balance of mathematics, character and fun. The developer really has got the mix spot on here, and is something I am sure they worked hard on to get right.
The game plays really well, and although it is primarily aimed at teaching kids, adults looking for a fun game will actually find a decent puzzle game here. I know I did. The game follows the adventures of Maxx, a circular monster, through gameplay and decent, welcome, cut scenes. Kids will love the character, and he provides an interesting enough platform for children to want to see out the adventure.
Here, straight from the developer, are the app’s features:
– Learn & Practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
– An adventure through multiple worlds as Maxx uses Math to defeat troggles and minions
– Hilarious cut-scenes
– Adaptive logic
– Frustration-free experience for kids
– In-depth reporting
– No Third Party Ads
– No consumables – single in-App purchase for full-upgrade, behind a parental permission-gate
The story is actually quite funny, and I loved the enemy monsters you find yourself up against, as they are really well designed. So well, in fact that I would like there to be more made of them. Perhaps it would be nice to be able to unlock them and to play through levels as them, instead of Maxx, as they are arguably more interestingly designed.
The game is free to download and play, with just a single IAP to unlock the full game. The developers claim that kids will get 50% percent faster at solving the problems in the game after 7 day’s play, and as the game is quite addictive, I can see this being an excellent tool for encouraging kids to get more involved in mathematics.
Overall, this is a lovely little learning game that both kids and adults will enjoy. A lot of effort has clearly gone into the design and it has paid dividends, as Monster Math comes with a hearty recommendation.