Do you have a child (ren) who struggle with their math facts whether it be addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division? Is doing drills, flash cards, or other memory math games boring, repetitive or causing more frustration to your child than helping them actually learn those math facts? There’s a math facts game I’d like to tell you about that is different from ones you may have tried in the past. It combines game play, storytelling, and a rewards system to help your child master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in a fun way.
Math Rider is a math game for kids ages 6-12. It was written 2 years ago by a software architect to help his 2 children where they were struggling in math. “The goal was to create a game that is entertaining yet gets the math practice done completely with a minimum of distractions”. The price for an instant download of Math Rider is on sale for $37.00. It soon will go back to the regular price of $47.00. They now have a version 3 of the Personal Edition. It contains many enhancements that are directly based on feedback and suggestions they received from existing users. These updates are available for free to all existing customers.
Click here to read about the system requirements which are for Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux. There is a FAQ page if you have questions about the program. “Practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication and division from 1 to 12 is no longer a boring chore of filling in pieces of paper that then need checking, or playing flat web games on-line that just serve random numbers.”
In Math Rider “your child is taken into a land of fantasy and quests. As they accomplish their quest, they will be finding magical flowers, returning gems to the elves or even rescuing a princess! Each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) contains four quests, ranging from easy to master. The four quests are the same across the four operations but the rewards are not. Every combination of quest and reward holds a different reward. The rewards are all animated according to how well the player answered the questions. The game will pick up very quickly if the player has already mastered the materials, so no child will be held back”.
“While the rider is playing, the game learns what the rider knows and what he or she still needs to practice. Every single response (or non-response) is stored in an internal database and statistically analyzed by the software. In this way the program is able to custom-tailor to each rider, which questions are asked next. No repetitive drilling of random number facts the rider already knows – but real practice of what actually needs to be practiced!”
“A detailed statistics screen shows how your child is progressing and if there are any areas of weakness that might require some additional help. Plenty of feedback is given on the rider’s mastery of each number fact and operation, including an innovative overview map of mastery for each number table. This is highly beneficial for both the rider and the parent/educator. You can see with one glance where your child is at and where he or she might need further assistance”.
A good thing about the game is that it supports multiple users. That means if you have more than one child you can create separate login names for each one so that they can play their own game to keep up with their individual progress. If you would like to try out a 7 day trial to see what you think go here. They also have a blog and Facebook fan page if you want to keep up with the latest happenings with the game.
My son doesn’t do to well in math yet he really enjoyed this game. At times he was a little slow answering the questions and when he missed one there was a friendly voice from the game telling him the correct answer. Sometimes dad would help him to pick up the speed and he liked seeing his horse go faster. He had the highest scores with the addition and multiplication. Subtraction was the most challenging for him. After the first week of playing I noticed him muting or turning the sound down. He said he did that so he could concentrate. Be sure to stop by the crew blog to see what others had to say.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received Math Rider free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.