Mathificent: The Math Appetizer You’ve Been Waiting For

 

Price: $2.99
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Mathificent: Written iPhone App Review

Mathificent for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Here at the iPhone App Review, we are always going on and on about the potential of the iPhone to enrich our children’s lives with quality educational tools. But as much as we like to harp on the subject, it really is true. For instance, Mathificent by developer Webucator provides a unique and sustainable way to improve your children’s math skills—and all from the safety of your own iPhone! It’s a great new educational tool, and for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.

Concept and Functionality

The idea behind Mathificent looks something like this: You, as the parent, set the parameters within the app to match the learning stage your child is at. For instance, you can indicate certain operators that you want your children to be working with, whether that’s addition, subtraction, multiplication or devision. From there, your child begins with the number one. They play through each number from one to twenty as a level, which is really quite an ingenious way to go about unlocking content. Here’s why:

The developers suggest you use Mathificent as a means of getting your children to learn before doing something fun. For instance, if they want to play a video game, you might ask that they first unlock a new number within the app. This takes just the right amount of time, and provides the child with more than enough educational experience. Afterward, you allow them to go ahead and play whatever zombie-blasting title they were aiming for. This is an ingenious method, and with numbers up to twenty and a multitude of operators, you can easily maintain the learning for years to come.

Design and Graphics

Mathificent for iPhone

Mathificent for iPhone

In fact, we have absolutely no complaints with the app’s functionality—we do however wish it were slightly more kid-safe in terms of design. The app itself is rather drab for the challenge of entertaining children. We have some concerns that the stark interface may put off some kids. Instead, we’d rather see a wealth of hand-drawn illustrations, or perhaps some more enlivening colors to offset the tiring math operations. However, the app is easily laid out as-is, and your child will have no problem at all managing it.

Overall Value

At three dollars in the App Store, we also wish that Mathificent were slightly less expensive. Still, you’ll get one heck of a lot of value out of this three dollar gem, so no matter how you slice it, Mathificent is still an easy value. It’s also an easy recommendation for any parent that wants to ensure their children get a bit of a boost in the math department. As such, Mathificent still gets our golden seal of approval, and we look forward to future updates.

MathificentMathificent requires iOS 5.1 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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