Mathtopia is a math game for iOS which is free in its “lite” version. The game combines elements from jewel-swapping games with fast-paced mental math computations. A helpful tutorial precedes gameplay, assuring players will feel at ease with the speed and involvement of play. Players must match a series of tiled bubbles, which contain unsolved equations, pairing it with the matching answer. When they correctly solve the problem, the bubble will be given a color, and all bubbles of the same color will have the same solution. These bubbles must then be arranged in corresponding rows with matching colors. Players are timed, and are awarded 1 to 3 stars based on the speed and accuracy in which they completed each round. Although the free version only offers a few early levels of play, there are many more in the $3.99 full app. Mathtopia combines fun, competition and math practice, making it a highly recommended math game for children ages 5 and older.
In Mathtopia all gameplay is timed. If players complete a round without any errors and in a relatively brief period of time, they will receive three stars. It is more important to be accurate than it is to be fast. But players should understand that relatively easy math computations should be completed quickly, as it will better prepare them for standardized tests. Even on tests and quizzes administered in the classroom, students who are players of Mathtopia will quickly realize the type of problems and equations that do not require extended deliberation. They may even be able to compute them in their head. Given ample time, there is no reason why players should get any less than three stars. But because gameplay is monitored by a clock, they may feel compelled to rush, and rushing in math, even with simple computations, will likely result in oversights.
Players must pay close attention to detail in order to receive three stars. Usually players are given between three and six possible solutions. They must highlight the solution they wish to solve for, then highlight each equation that yields that sum, difference, product, or quotient. Players should make it their aim to achieve three stars each time they play. This sense of goal directed persistence will keep players attentive and involved in gameplay. It's not just solving the equations that require concentration -- there is a second part to timed play. Players must arrange the tiles by color scheme in rows of three or four. Once a connection is made among the bubble shaped tiles, they will disappear and be replaced by new equations. When the screen is all clear, players will have completed the level and a score will be awarded. Mathtopia improves players' ability to complete short term goals, keeps them from wasting time, and heightens their in-game concentration, as they strive for higher scores, faster times, and more correct answers.
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