Mystery Math Town is developed by Artgig Apps, who also developed Marble Math. It is a math app for elementary school kids, but it is more than math.
The story of the game is to help a little ghost rescue the fireflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Town. Kids have to solve math problems to unlock rooms while searching for fireflies. By collecting fireflies, kids move up game levels and earn talking portraits of the townspeople for their gallery. Each portrait has something to tell, helpful or funny.
Kids can select which skills they want to practice. The math skills covered in the app: Addition or Subtraction 0-10, 11-20, 21-50; Multiplication x1, x2, x5, x10, x1-10. They can also choose if they want to see numbers shown as dice and tally marks or not.
It is a math app, but the game is not straight math at all. Kids have to decide which room they want to go next. At each room, they can collect numbers available in that room, then use the numbers they have to solve the math problem. Sometimes, they will need a number that they don’t have. They will have to tour the house to find the needed number. Of course, each new entry into a different room requires solving a math problem. So to collect all the hidden fireflies in the house, kids have to use all different skills: memorizing where they saw a number they were not able to collect, remembering the rooms and routes they’ve gone through, strategizing their search route, and of course math.
The whole design is really like a game, which will for sure keep kids’ interest. In addition, each kid can make his/her own avatar. Designing your own avatar is almost like a mini-game itself. Kids will love those silly designs. Talking portraits are also a fun addition to the playfulness of the app.
A math app going beyond math, “Mystery Math Town” challenges kids on critical skills such as problem solving, 3D visual memorizing. It is a game kids will be addictive to.
Mystery Math Town is available for iPAD. It is $2.99 on App Store.
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