Meteor Math

LQ: 8.8

Fun score: 8.5

Game Type: ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 5+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Meteor Math is a game that reinforces basic skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, while players strive to keep the screen clear from the clutter of meteors, asteroids, stars, and other objects that float through space. On each meteor features a number which must be combined with another meteor to achieve a certain sum, difference, product, or quotient. After each correct combination, those particular meteors disappear from the screen, and are replaced with new ones. Players begin with three lives, which are eliminated one-by-one after an incorrect answer. Players must be sharp as quick to select the meteors or the game will end when there are too many in play at once. Although gameplay moves quickly, players will catch on easily, making Meteor Math best suited for children ages 5 and older.

Focus

Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks, especially shifting attention.

Math is one of the easiest subjects to make careless mistakes and hasty oversights -- especially when decisions must be made quickly. Players are given a number at the top of the screen to begin each round, which will change after they combine meteors using one of the four basic functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Players continue use the meteors to solve to the predetermined number. Goal directed persistence, an important component of the focus thinking skill comes into play as the game progresses. Players who score 500,000 will receive an extra life. The game moves quickly, especially when more and more numbered meteors begin to fill up the screen. Any interruption will cause players to become less absorbed the game. They must work to direct their attention to the task at hand, attempting to play for as long as possible. The game will continue until players lose all their lives.  In theory, the is no real end to the game -- as long as players are alert and demonstrate strong mental math skills.

Time Management

Being efficient and aware of our use of time and effort.

A pink meter slowly drains throughout play. When it is completely gone, players lose a life. Each time an equation is solved, the bar will fill up. That's why it's important that players work fast, combining accuracy and precision with speed. Players will feel a sense of urgency as the equations get more difficult and the meter drains faster. And it is this sense of urgency that causes oversights and mistakes. Players must understand there is more to the game than simple mental math. They have to prioritize. Larger meteors take up more space on the screen and should be combines as soon as possible. If they are left on the screen, it leaves less space for new numbers to come into play, which poses a problem if players do not have the right combination of numbers. Though focus and time management are two independent thinking skill, in Meteor Math, they work together, as attention to detail is just as important to success as speed.