App Review

Numbers League

Beat bad guys with math in super-fun, super-powerful practice app

  • Two tutorials to choose from; more help at every step of the game.

  • Simply click the locks on the numbers you want to save and use.

  • Five cleverly named level titles help kids customize game to their current math level.

  • A villain is caught when number matches that of the hero.

  • Settings help customize gameplay to fit kids' preferences and environment.

Pros: Kids may almost forget they're practicing math as they focus on capturing the villains.
Cons: The stage-setting story and directions are all text (no voice instruction), so kids need to be able to read or have text read to them.
Bottom Line: Cool superheroes, a great story, and lots of ways to personalize the learning make this math app a blast to play either solo or with others.
Learning Scores
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

An engaging comic-book story at the beginning of first-time play immediately draws kids into the game. This app, with its great sound effects and fun superhero characters, can be played solo, or kids can play together as a superhero team.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 5

Math problems are built directly into gameplay, and five levels help adapt play to kids' current skills. Hints help if a kid gets stuck, and players are given the option to "discard" and try another combination.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 5

The tutorial is presented in two ways -- step-by-step written instructions with images or interactive, as if the kid is playing the game (recommended). The game offers lots of hints.

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