Tower Math by Dan Russell- Pinson of Freecloud Design – Review and Giveaway



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What we love…

Outstanding graphics, very entertaining, motivates kids to practice math, suitable for a wide range of ages

What we’d love to see…

Double digit equations written in vertical format

Summary

An innovative app that makes math drills fun by weaving it into a very entertaining strategy and defense game.

Our Rating

Tower Math™

If you are like me, you have probably downloaded quite a number of math apps for your children already, and you may wonder if you really need another one.  I would suggest that you check out Tower Math by Dan Russell-Pinson of Freecloud Design. Dan is well-known in the educational game arena for his engaging educational games such as Monster Physics and Stack the States. His latest app, Tower Math, is an innovative app that covers all basic operations, makes math drills engaging and entertaining and motivates children to tackle more advanced equations without the fuss.

 

In Tower Math an evil wizard has cast a spell that turned all the numbers into monsters. It is the player’s job to break the spell and free the numbers.  To accomplish this, players must build towers and use special powers that will throw spell-breaking objects at the numbers as they walk down the countryside.  Before the game begins, players must select which mathematical operation they want to work on: addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.  They can change mathematical operations anytime by going back to the main menu and resuming their game.

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There are three types of towers, each with its own unique features.  The Lobber Tower has fast speed and medium strength.  The Cannon Tower has a slow attack and high splash effect.  The Lighting Tower has a slow attack and high strength.  Players click on a target on the screen and choose which tower they want to build.  After they have picked their tower, they will choose whether they want their tower to have 1, 2, or 3 levels.  They will then be asked to solve an equation and choose the correct answer.  If they choose the right answer, the tower gets built.  The more levels they want their tower to have the more difficult the equation is that they have to solve.  If they built a tower with only one or two levels, they can upgrade it by clicking on the tower and solving another equation for the level they choose.  Once the tower has been fully upgraded (all three levels), clicking on that tower will allow them to build a different type of tower in its place.

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There are two special powers available to use, and just like building the towers, they must solve an equation to use them. The more difficult the equations are, the stronger the powers are.  After choosing the correct answer, players then tap on the specific place they want the special power to be used.  The two special powers are Magic Rain and Freeze Ray.  Magic Rain has high strength and can affect multiple targets at once.  Freeze Ray temporarily freezes the numbers to give players time to build or upgrade towers.

 

The 3D retina display graphics in Tower Math is incredible.    It even has graphic settings to accommodate slow and fast processors.  I have never seen that as an option before and I think it’s fantastic.

 

Tower Math can save and track the progress of up to 5 players.  It can also be played by a guest player, but their progress will only be saved until another player logs in.  Players earn either a gold, silver, or bronze medal after each level based on how accurate they are in solving mathematical equations and how many numbers they free.

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My children, ages 7, 9, 12, and 16 all enjoyed playing Tower Math.  The varying levels made it challenging even for the older ones.  I know I have made a good investment when all my children love and benefit from the same app.  The only suggestion I have for future updates is to have double digit math equations written in a vertical format.  It makes it a lot easier and faster for my children, as I am sure it does for other children, to solve an equation when written in the typical vertical format they use when solving it with pen and paper.

 

Dan Russell-Pinson develops amazing apps, and Tower Math is no exception.  It is an app that is sure to be loved and enjoyed by any child for years to come.  No matter how many math apps you already have, this is an app that you will want and must have in your repertoire.

At it’s current price of only 99c this is a deal you don’t want to miss!

Tower Math™ – Freecloud Design, Inc.

Tower Math®
Tower Math®
by Freecloud Design, Inc.

Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 171.21 MB

$1.99USD

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GOZOA – The Key Quest – Review



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What we love…

Great variety of Math questions (4 math operations and time) and different levels of difficulty suitable for all elementary grades and challenging gameplay.

What we’d love to see…

More exciting rewards.

Summary

A polished platform game with just the right amount of Math distractions.

Our Rating

I have been spending the last few days exercising both my fingers and mind with Gozoa’s latest educational game app, The Key Quest and I think your kids in elementary school will love it!

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The Key Quest is actually two solid game apps in one slick package (another game will be added in May). Each consists of a platform game with lots of challenges thrown in to keep the player on his toes, with Math questions being the ultimate test.

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The story behind the Key Quest is that the Villain had captured Gozoa’s friends and Gozoa is determined to track him down and retrieve the keys that will free the friends. The first place he has to conquer is the Snowflake Isles and only when he has obtained a key here will the Golden Canyon be unlocked. It will not be an easy quest for sure. There are different Magical Obstacles to overcome, many enemies to avoid or destroy and Mathematical Assignments to complete.

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The Math Assignments on Snowflake Isles will have players perform addition and subtraction with numbers from 0-100 as well as multiplication and division with numbers 1-9. On the other hand, Golden Canyon requires the player to read time on analog and digital clocks. There are 6 different levels of difficulty (which the player can choose freely) to cater to students in all elementary grade levels. The questions within each level of difficulty are varied, randomized and plentiful.

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The games themselves are exciting and will sure to give your kids many hours of play. The Quest starts off easy in the Snowflake Isles but it gets the player warmed up for the real challenge in Golden Canyon. There are lots of action in the underground maze and you will need to use the overview map to help you see where you are now, where you are heading and how to reach there. Players can also seek guidance from Fluffy the Helper or they may want to read the game information before starting.

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The controls for making Gozoa move left/right and jump are smooth but it took me a few rounds of play to be really good at making Gozoa move faster and jump more accurately. Kids are definitely better in such physics-based platform games! My #3 completed each round effortlessly and even showed me a trick or two!

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Given how well done the games were, the rewards given in this app pale in comparison. Diamonds exchanged and earned at the end of the game are only good for buying furniture, decorative items and toys for Gozoa’s House. These may still be acceptable for lower elementary grades but older kids would expect something more exciting.

 

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With customizable levels of difficulty, this app will grow with a child’s mathematical abilities and kids of different abilities (up to 3 profiles) can share the same app. Additional features available are the options to switch to Dutch language, change the color scheme of the app as well as separate controls for music and sound effects.

Given a choice, kids will much prefer to play a mobile game then to do Math drills. The Key Quest is challenging and exciting with just the right amount of math distractions. Your elementary kids will enjoy playing The Key Quest (and practising Math) for hours.

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GOZOA – The Key Quest – Gozoa

GOZOA - The Key Quest GOZOA - The Key Quest by Gozoa
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 299.54 MB

$1.99USD

 

 

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


Slice Fractions by Ululab Review



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What we love…

Fun physics puzzler format, teaches essential components of fractional math without feeling like it is a lesson.

What we’d love to see…

More levels! Multiple player profiles, ability to reset progress.

Summary

A physics puzzler that subtly introduces fractional math in a fun but educational game. Highly recommended!

Our Rating

Slice FractionsSlice Fractions from French app developer Ululab is an educational app that in it’s first week was an Apple App store Editor’s Choice in over 80 countries. After playing it I can see why. At heart Slice Fractions is a physics puzzler with elements of Cut The Rope and Fruit Ninja and a cute Ice Age theme. However, it is more than that as the developers sneak in educational content so the player learns basic fractions whilst having fun solving the puzzles. The app has no written or spoken language (just numbers), so the student does not need to be able to read to use it. It contains 60 levels and each one must be solved before moving on to the next, if the player is having trouble with a level and needs to keep repeating it hints will appear. A friendly woolly mammoth is the star of the app, he wants to walk, but obstacles keep appearing in his path and it is the players job to clear them away. Blocks of lava or ice can be cleared by hitting them with equal-sized blocks. But beware, if the ice block is too small some of the lava will remain, if it is too big the leftover ice will block the path.  As the player solves puzzles the woolly mammoth earns new hats, so he ends up with quite a collection including some pretty unusual ones such as an octopus and an ice-cream cone!

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The puzzles start off very simply, teaching the concepts of how to move hanging blocks and clear the path. Gradually more complex puzzles are introduced. Students learn how to divide different shapes into equal parts, and then learn equivalent fractions, numerator/ denominator notation, subtracting fractions from one, and fraction ordering. This is all introduced as a natural part of the gameplay, so it feels like they are just solving a puzzle instead of mastering a difficult math concept. The subjects covered fall into Common Core Math Standards for Grades 2-4.

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For most people the idea of learning about fractions or solving fractional maths questions elicits a groan, but on the other hand many people enjoy the challenge of solving a physics puzzler. Ululab has cleverly created a physics puzzler app that teaches fractions but still feels like a game, so children learn whilst having fun. I used this app myself and with my 6 year-old and ten-year-old and we all enjoyed it. I would like to see multiple player profiles added so if more than one family member is playing others can’t jump forward in level and miss vital parts of the learning. I would also like to be able to “re-set” the app for a new player to start again without un-installing the app. My (gifted) 10 year-old did zip through the levels pretty quickly. I’d love to see more levels added to keep older children and adults coming back for more and the developer says more levels will be coming.

 

Overall, Slice Fractions is my favorite kind of educational app. It is fun and engaging and introduces important mathematical concepts in such a way that the student wants to keep playing, and so keeps learning at the same time. Highly recommended!

 

Slice Fractions – Ululab

Slice Fractions Slice Fractions by Ululab
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 200.16 MB

$1.99USD

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).


Mystery Math Museum by Artgig Apps – Review



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Review by Fides

What we love…

Museum theme that exposes children to history and the arts, multi-user capabilities, ability to change skill setting anytime during the game

What we’d love to see…

Short description for each museum piece

Summary

A top notch app that gives children plenty of opportunites to sharpen their math skills while having fun.

Our Rating

Mystery Math Museum is an excellent follow up to Artgig Apps’ Mystery Math Town.  In Mystery Math Town, children solved addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems while searching houses and mansions for coins and missing fireflies.  This time, along with addition, subtraction, and multiplication, they will also be solving division problems while searching different museums for coins and missing dragonflies.

I really like the museum theme because it introduces and exposes children to history and the arts.  They have an art, music, western, ancient culture, sports, prehistoric, and space museums.  Children are sure to be entertained by all the items they see in the museums.  Clicking on museum items will bring up an audio related to the particular piece.  I like this feature specially in the music museum since it helps children learn what the instruments sound like.  I think it would be great if, in the future, clicking in museum items would also bring up a short description of the item.  Imagine what amazing educational value it adds if, say, when you click on a piano you get a pop-up that shows the type and name of the musical instrument; or when you click on a painting, you get a description that includes the name, artist, time period, and medium used for the piece.

Other things I like in Mystery Math Museum include the ability to create accounts for multiple users, the ease of setting skill levels before and anytime during game play, the option to include tally marks and dice.  The game play is simple to understand, a lot of fun, and gives children so many opportunities to sharpen their math skills.  They will have to go through each museum once to find the dragonflies and several times more to find coins that will earn them paintings for their own gallery.

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Mystery Math Museum is a top notch app for developing mathematical skills that children will absolutely enjoy.  I highly recommend it!

You can download the app here for $2.99!

Mystery Math Museum
Mystery Math Museum
by Artgig Studio

Category: Education, Strategy, Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 506.54 MB

$3.99USD

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