NxtApp Uses Old-Fashioned Math Puzzles to Refresh Your Brain, Sharpness

Reviewed By A. Papachristos

NxtApp - ICON, LLC


Price: $.99

Fill-n-the-blank questions are a staple when it comes to the average test.  These questions seem fairly simple, but can often boggle the mind.  NxtApp by ICON, LLC requires users to embrace their basic math skills in order to calculate the missing number in the given sequence, exercising one’s brain and keeping their mind sharp.

Navigation and Game Play:

Upon startup, users will find a scrolling menu that present seven different categories: Add or Subtract, Multiply or Divide, Multiply & Add or Subtract, Powers & Add or Subtract, Powers & Multiply, More Powers and a Mystery category coming soon in their next update.  The tool icon in the top right corner allows users to turn the music and sound effects on and off, though users can choose to listen to their own iTunes during game play if they choose.  Thankfully, NxtApp allows users to start with any category, sans restrictions, meaning you don’t have to successfully solve one level before proceeding to the next.

Each time you start a new game, you will find a new set of sequences, meaning you’ll never play the same game twice.  Simply try to fill in each sequence correctly in order to collect all the “dancing” gold stars and beat your best time.  The more sequences you solve correctly, the more challenging the sets become.  However, if you input the wrong answer, you will be forced to begin all over, though NxtApp will tell you the correct answer so you can learn where you went wrong.

Mathematical Benefits:

When I was in school, I used to love completing the sequence worksheets, and said questions always used to be the easiest ones on our tests.  But when you consider the last time I took one of those tests was way back in elementary school, NxtApp reminds me that I even need to spruce up my basic math skills now and then.

The addition and subtraction sequences occasionally cause me to pause for a moment, but when it comes to exponents, I drew a complete blank nearly every time.  I suppose, once you get older, you begin to rely on your calculator for all such computations, that your own capabilities become a bit dull.  And, unfortunately, the only calculator I ever seem to have handy is the one programmed into my iPhone, and I can’t quite use that in the middle of my game.  So when the App Store description claims NxtApp presents a fun way to raise your IQ, strengthen your insight, focus your scanning skills and improve your pattern recognition, they fail to mention its ability to refresh years of math lessons.  All my stale skills are flooding back, making game play exciting and fun!

NxtApp iPhone app [ iTunes Link ] requires iPhone OS 4.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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