Running Noah from Useappility -A Fun App for Practicing Multiplication



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What we love…

Makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game

What we’d love to see…

Ability to limit to x10, individual player profiles, different speed levels

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x.

Our Rating

Running Noah Learning the times tables takes a lot of repetition, which children often find boring. They’d rather be playing their favorite video game instead of practicing math facts. Running Noah from Useability is a new app that uses children’s love of video games to give them lots of repetition of their multiplication facts whilst playing a fun game.

Running Noah is an Endless Runner, it has four episodes each with 12 levels. You need to unlock a level to move on to the next level. The four episodes have different themes and work on 1-4 times tables, 5-8 times tables, 9-12 times tables and 1-12 times tables respectively. The first episode (1-4 times tables) is free, there is an IAP (currently $1.99) to unlock the rest.

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Gameplay

The flood has just begun and Noah is on a mission to save all the animals and get them into the Ark. As the storm waters rise the land is divided into a series of islands by raging streams. To rescue the animals Noah must build bridges across the streams and also collect food for the animals on the way.

Beside every stream is a stone tablet with a number on it, and on the right of the screen are three numbers from the current series of times tables the student is working from. Tapping on the right of the screen brings up three  more numbers and the player has to tap one number from reach column to create a multiplication problem whose answer is the number on the tablet. The player has to think quickly as Noah keeps running, if he gets to the stream before they have completed the problem he falls in the water. If they create the correct problem a bridge forms and he runs safely to the next island. If they create an incorrect problem the bridge still forms but it collapses when Noah runs across, and he falls in the water. After solving three  problems correctly Noah reaches the stranded animal and gets him onto the Ark which completes the level.

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As Noah is always running the player has to think quickly to keep him from falling in the water, but collecting food adds another layer of complexity. All the animals on the Ark need feeding and food (corn, fish, pineapples or acorns) is above Noah’s head as he runs. To collect it the player has to double tap to make Noah jump at the right time. If they collect very little food the food meter turns red and Noah runs out of energy. Players can replay levels to collect food they have missed, and improve their score, and they need to complete the multiplication problems correctly each time to complete that level.

Analysis

Although the gameplay is in essence very simple, completing the levels does take quick thinking, fast recall and good reflexes. Even as an adult with good mental arithmetic skills I found I often had to replay levels to get perfect scores as it is tricky to answer the problems fast enough and time the jumps right to collect the food.

For each times table the problems include multipliers up to 12 e.g. the lowest level could include 4 x 12. Although this was how I learned my times tables, I have noticed some schools now only teach up to x 10. I would like to see an option to limit it to x10, if your child is learning that way. I would also like an option to add multiple player profiles, so that families with more than one child working on their multiplication skills can track their individual progress and let them compete against each other.

The app has an online leaderboard in it- but kids can not sign up from within the app (a good thing) a link is provided so that parents can enter it in a browser and sign up for the leaderboard if they wish to do so. Once they have completed all levels if the enter a parents email address they will be sent a certificate of completion.

I think the game is designed to be fast paced so that children will have to repeat levels multiple times to get high scores, so that they get a lot of repetition which is a good thing. However, some children with slower reflexes or slower processing speeds may find it frustrating that although they know the answers to the problem they can’t complete the problems in time to stop Noah falling in the water, or they can’t  co-ordinate their tapping quickly enough to answer the questions and jump for the food. With this in mind I’d like to see an option to have different speeds – maybe an Easy, Regular and Fast speed so that slower children can still use the app and to give different levels of challenge which would encourage even more repetition as skills improve.

Summary

Overall, a fun way for kids to practice their multiplication skills whilst playing an Endless Runner game, Running Noah has 48 levels to work on times tables from 1-4 all the way up to 12x. The app is free to download an include the first episode (12 levels) for free – this is a good way to test the app and see if it catches your child’s interest. If it does the $1.99 to unlock the rest of the app is good value. It is child friendly with no adverts, social media or external links.

iTunes Link:Running Noah – Useappility

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“…an app that helps kids improve their multiplication skills” BestAppsforKids.com
“…makes practicing multiplication fun by incorporating it into an endless runner game” theimum.com
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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).


Seterra Geography by Marianne Wartoft AB- Review and Giveaway




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What we love…

Huge range of world geography quizzes

What we’d love to see…

Even more quizzes, a way for users to suggest future quizzes

Summary

Seterra Geography is a fun way for quiz lovers to improve their world geography knowledge.

Our Rating

Seterra GeographyDo you know where in the world Surinam is ? Can you identify the flag of Laos or the find Chisinau on a map? You can learn all this and 1,000’s more world geography facts with Seterra Geography,  a new iOS app from Swedish developer Marianne Wartoft. It is based on her online and desktop based map quiz that has been in use for nearly 20 years. Designed for ages 8-adult it contains over 100 quizzes covering a wide range of world geography facts. The app allows users to play offline and it records local high scores so you can challenge family and friends.

The app is divided into  two parts- maps and flags. Each of these parts is sub-divided into seven sections- one for each of the six continents (excluding Antarctica) plus world geography. Both maps and flags have a similar format, within the section you pick which quiz to take and decide if you wish to learn the facts or take the quiz.

Flags

This includes: North, Central & South American flags, U.S. State flags, Eastern & Western European Flags, African Flags, and Asian Flags. In the “Learn” mode you see a selection of flags from your chosen region, tapping on the flags gives the name of the country the flag belongs to. In “Play” mode you see the same set of flags  in a different order, you are given the name of a country and asked to click on the corresponding flag. If you get it incorrect you will see the name of the country whose flag you touched. You can try again but if you keep getting it wrong the correct flag is highlighted.

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Maps

Each section has a variety of quizzes based around maps of the region. They include identifying countries in the region, major cities, country Capital Cities ; plus State Capitals for the U.S.A. and Province Capitals for Canada. Some continents are sub-divided to make learning easier e.g. Africa can be studied as a whole or divided into North and South of the Equator or divided into Northern, Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa. Some countries in a region have their own more detailed quizzes, but it wasn’t always clear why certain countries were included but others not e.g. Belgian Provinces and Norwegian Counties are separate quizzes, but Irish Counties were not (Ireland doesn’t have any individual quizzes.)

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For each quiz you can first learn the facts by studying a map and tap on an area to see it labelled. You can then take a quiz  where you need to identify that location on a map. If you get it right the area fills in in white, if you have taken more than one try to get it correct it shows as yellow, after multiple incorrect tries the name is shown and when you tap on it the region turns red. At the end of the quiz you are scored as a % based on number of questions answered correctly on the first attempt and your time to complete the quiz is also shown. For each quiz the top 10 scores (locally on that iPad) are recorded, so you can compete to improve your score, or play head to head against family members or friends.

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As well as learning about geography of different continents you can also learn world geography facts. Quizzes include: continents, large countries, islands, mountain rages, mountains & volcanoes, oceans, seas & lakes, rivers, the 25 largest cities and latitudes & longitudes. There is also a solar system quiz to name the planets.

North American Geography

The app also contains 13 different quizzes on US. geography plus 4 Canadian quizzes. These include quizzes on identifying the 50 States, their abbreviations, Rivers, Cities, The 13 colonies, Canadian cities, Provinces and territories and Provincial Capitals.

Summary

Seterra Geography is a quiz based geography app that lets you learn a wide range of world geography facts and take timed quizzes to test your knowledge of those facts. It is not an app that has lots of interactive features or rewards, so probably will not appeal to young children, but it is a great choice for older children and adults who want to improve their knowledge of geography facts. I would recommend it for ages 10 to adult or for younger children have have a particular interest in geography. It covers a large range of facts from U.S. State flags through world rivers, Chinese Provinces, Norwegian counties and African Capital cities. I can see this app being used in many ways- from students learning specific geography facts for class or exams, for those wishing to brush up on their general knowledge for quizzes, and for adults and kids who enjoy learning and want to improve their world geography knowledge.  It can also make for a fun and challenging geography quiz game at home or in the classroom. I know I certainly learned some new things from playing, and it can be quite addictive trying to improve your scores and perfect your knowledge of a particular topic. I’m proud to say I can now place Djibouti on a map and score a perfect 100% on Eastern African country locations which I certainly couldn’t before! There are still some areas I would like to see more quizzes on- and I’m sure this will vary from user to user. A fun future addition might be to incorporate an option for users to request quizzes they would like to see added in future. The developer could then use this feedback in further expanding the app in future updates. The app contains no adverts, in-app purchases or external links.

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 iTunes Link: Seterra Geography – Marianne Wartoft AB

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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 Word Town- Sight Word Spelling by Artgig Studios- Review & Giveaway




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What we love…

fun, educational, and easy to play; beautiful graphics; unlimited player accounts

What we’d love to see…

custom spelling word list

Summary

An excellent spelling app disguised as an entertaining adventure game.

Our Rating

Mystery Word Town - Sight Word Spelling Mystery Word Town is the newest and first ever spelling app by Artgig Apps, developers of several award winning apps including Marble Math, Mystery Math Museum, and Drive About Neighborhood. In Mystery Word Town, a gang of thieves have stolen some gold. They have hidden them inside the buildings in town. Find all the gold to arrest the thieves and bring them to justice.

Each building in Mystery Word Town has multiple rooms to explore. Make sure to check all the doors, windows. and ladders to search all the rooms and to uncover all possible hiding places. When you attempt to use a door, window, or ladder, a word with some missing letters pops up next to it. Use the letters in the surrounding area or on your collection to complete the word and spell it correctly. This is the object of the game and it is a fantastic way for kids to learn and memorize spelling words. Kids who normally do not enjoy learning spelling words the traditional way would especially benefit from this. However, the words are limited to the ones that come with the app. I think it would be great if parents and teachers are able to input custom spelling words as well. If this is possible, I would love to see it on a future update.

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Every room comes with various themed objects. These objects are not interactive, but are wonderfully drawn and are fun to check out. The only interactive objects are the portraits and wanted posters on the walls. When you tap on them, the characters speak to you. They have a lot to say, so keep tapping on them to hear more. There is also a cute little ghost that follows you around as you explore and you can move him easily using drag and drop.

Mystery Word Town can be played by an unlimited number of players. Players can design their own avatar. They can choose from a selection of hair, eyes, mouth, and skin color. They can also choose a skill level. There are three skill levels (easy, medium, and hard), and players can look at the spelling words included in each level before choosing it. Finally, they can choose between two play modes: spelling your own word (filling in any letter that would complete the word correctly), or spelling a specific word (an audio prompt of the spelling word is played and the player must choose the correct letter or letters to spell the word)

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If you have a child that is learning how to spell or needs some help with spelling, Mystery Word Town is an excellent app to have. My little girl played this game and could not put it down. She loved exploring the buildings and meeting all the crazy characters in town. She enjoyed it so much she asked to play all three levels in one day. I am very pleased with Mystery Word Town and I highly recommend it.

iTunes link: Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling – Artgig Studio

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Cool Math Games for Kids & Toddlers by Kids Academy Co. apps- Review




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What we love…

Colorful engaging graphics and animations, 15 games in full unlock, works on important preschool skills

What we’d love to see…

Errors fixed, parental gate added to “rate me” button in 5 little monkeys, consistent reward system through all of the app.

Summary

A colorful and engaging app that works on: alphabet ; tracing and recognition of upper and lower case letters,  numbers 1-20 &10’s up to 90, shapes; addition and subtraction within 10; and fine motor skills.  The full game unlock is much better value than buying individual games

Our Rating

Cool math games for kids & toddlers: tracing numbers, addition, subtraction, free worksheets for preschool & kindergartenCool Math Games for Kids & Toddlers from Kids Academy is an educational game app for young children. It is free to download with in app purchases to unlock the full app content. The free download allows access to 2 games- “learn 1 to 10” and “simple addition”, but does have a pop-up asking you to buy the full app after every couple of questions, which can be frustrating for young players. Individual games can be unlocked for $2.99 -$3.99 each or a full game unlock is currently $9.99, which gives access to 15 games. This review is of the fully unlocked app, which has 3 student profiles. There are social media, email and iTunes links behind a parental gate on the home page, and the IAP’s also have a parental gate. Music, sound effects and narration can be controlled in settings.

The graphics in the app are very bright, colorful and engaging with cute animal characters and animations. When I first unlocked the app I thought it just contained 7 math games, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it also unlocks an additional 8 games under the “preschool all-in-one” heading. It is a little confusing as the “preschool all in one” looks like an advert for another app, but tapping on it gives full access to all 8 games- 6 early literacy games, 2 shape tracing games and a funny robot tracing game.

The 15 games included in the full app are:

Firefly Tracing Games:

There are 5 games that follow a similar format: Learn 1 to 10, Learn 11 to 20, “dozens” (which is mis-named it should be “tens”), Funny Shape Tracing and Funny Robot Tracing.

In “Learn 1 to 10” the child sees an outline of number 1 with an arrow and dotted line to show the correct stroke sequence. They trace the number once with an outline and dotted line, the 2nd time with just the dotted line. They repeat this for all the numbers from 1 to 10. As they trace the numbers their line goes over brightly colored fireflies  and they collect the fireflies in a jar. Once they have successfully traced all numbers in the set they get to release the fireflies (who spell out “thank you.”)

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The other firefly tracing games are similar in format:

In “Learn 11 to 20” they trace the numbers from 11 to 20

In “Dozens” they trace 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90

In “Funny Shapes” they trace a square, circle, triangle, rectangle, a rhombus (diamond), a hexagon (incorrectly described as a “hexahedron”), an oval, a star and a crescent.

In “Funny Robots” they trace 6 robot faces.

Dog and Bone Mazes

There are 5 games that feature a cute dog with a bone standing at the entrance to a maze. The child must drag the bone where they want the dog to go and he will follow. These games are: “Funny Easy Mazes”, “Simple Addition”, “Simple Subtraction”, “Learn Short Vowels” and “Learn Long Vowels”

Funny Easy Mazes

The child drags the bone to a prize such as a basketball, tennis racquet or paint palette  which triggers an animation of the dog using the object e.g. playing basketball or painting a picture. There are 10 mazes.

Simple Addition and Simple Subtraction

The dog is working on a simple math problem e.g. 3+0. The child is given 3 possible answers, they must drag the bone to answer they think is correct and the dog will follow. If the answer is incorrect the child is asked to try again, if it is correct the dog shows the completed equation. All the numbers in the questions are under 10. Each game has 10 problems to solve, but the questions are randomly generated so players can actually answer many more  questions by just going through the problems again. As the questions are different each time it helps to keep the student motivated to play again.

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Learn Short Vowels and Learn Long Vowels

This time the dog is holding a flag with a vowel on, and at the end of the maze is a word that is missing that letter. Once he completes the word it is spoken, and the completed written word is shown with an image to illustrate the word. There are 10 words with short vowel sounds, and 10 with long vowel sounds.

 

Simple Sequences

These are simple dot to dot puzzles where children practice number sequences by following the numbered dots in numerical order. Once they have completed the puzzle it creates a picture which comes to life with a simple animation, there are 12 puzzles in all.

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5 Little Monkeys

This is bright lively rendition of the classic counting song. The 5 monkeys jump on their jungle bed of leaves, and it has bright colorful graphics and animations. At the end of the song the child can choose to replay it, but also has the option to “rate and review.” Pressing this button takes them directly to iTunes – unlike the other iTunes links in the app this one does not have a parental gate.

 

Full English Alphabet

These are animated alphabet flashcards. Each shows the upper and lower case versions of a letter, and pictures of an animal or object that feature that letter. Tapping the card triggers an animation, the letter sound is spoken (phonetically) and the word is written on the screen. Each card has 3 different animations for 3 different words. Touching the letter will cause the letter name to be spoken and touching the picture triggers that word’s animation.

Lower Case Letters and Upper Case Letters

These both have one card for each letter. They start by showing a picture of an object that starts with that letter, then a phrase appears on the screen e.g.  “The word queen begins with q.” The child traces the letter twice – first with an outline and dotted lines/ arrows to show the proper stroke sequence, and second with just the outline. The student can earn up to 3 stars for doing the letter correctly, they lose stars for going too far outside the lines, or missing the start or end point but not for trying to do the strokes out of sequence or reversed (these attempts just don’t show up). If they lost a star on the first attempt at the letter they are given a dotted line to follow on the 2nd attempt too.

Overall this is a colorful and engaging app for pre-schoolers that works on a number of important pre-school skills and some of the games e.g. addition and subtraction are useful for kindergarteners too.  Skills worked on include: alphabet recognition (both letter name and phonetic); tracing of upper and lower case letters; recognition and tracing of numbers 1-20, 10’s up to 90 and shapes; addition and subtraction within 10 and fine motor skills with dragging and dropping and tracing. There are some errors in the app that need correcting including “Dozens” instead of “Tens”, “hexahedron” instead of “hexagon” and an unprotected iTunes link that needs a parental gate.  I would like to see a consistent reward system throughout the app- the firefly tracing sections let children earn fireflies, but the other sections don’t. It would be nice if they could earn fireflies in all games and trade them in for stickers or other virtual prizes.

The in-app navigation is a little confusing with 8 of the games in a separate “preschool all-in-one” section- it would be nice to have all the games grouped together on the homepage as these are easy to miss.  The iTunes description is inaccurate too as it mentions multiplication and division which are not included in the app (and would not be appropriate for the target age range.) I did find the constant reminders to purchase in the free version annoying, but these disappear once you buy the full app. I would be disappointed at the amount of content if I bought all the games at $2.99 per game,  especially as many of the games are similar just working on different targets (e.g. writing 1-10, vs 11-20 or 10’s to 90.) However, at the current price of $9.99 for a full game unlock which gives full access to 15 games it is a decent value for money. I would also suggest the developer change the app name to reflect the fact that it covers more than just math skills, as I think they are underselling it by describing it as “Cool Math Games.”

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

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).

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