iPad App Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
If there’s something most of us can agree on, it’s that math isn’t our best or favorite area of educational expertise. Technology has caused us to become more dependent on devices to do math for us, meaning our mind isn’t as sharp as it could be. Whether your a student in school or an adult, one of the best things you can do is practice math on a routine basis. By practice, I mean play a game!
Fish Math, developed by Oleksandr Kiselov, is a new app that makes math interesting and fun. From simple addition problems to solving equations with negative numbers, this math game will certainly keep you on your toes!
Concept and Gameplay:
Originally developed for children, Fish Math combines solving mathematical problems with a visually stunning virtual fish tank to encourage youngsters to practice solving equations. As you solve problems and complete rounds, you’ll earn coins that can be spent on purchasing new fish for your tank. One thing I do want to mention, however, is that the description of the Fish Math makes it sound like this is a simple children’s game with simple math problems. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
Fish Math allows you to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems. These equations can be as easy as 4+4=? to -3+(-9)=? or 3x?=20+?. This is both a good thing and a bad thing about the app because you want kids to be challenged with good math problems, yet you don’t want them to become discouraged if equations are too difficult to solve. From my experience with playing the game, there is a very fine line between easy and difficult equations, so I definitely recommend trying it first to gauge which level your children would be comfortable playing.
Though not related to the functionality of Fish Math, my number one favorite feature of the app is the amazing graphics. I’ve never seen anything so well designed and gorgeous to look at. It’s almost like you could download Fish Math just to watch them swim around! However, this happens to be the only feature I can speak very highly of. Unfortunately Fish Math is missing a few things that would make it even better.
First, the menu is a bit confusing for someone who has never played Fish Math before. I definitely think a quick tutorial or menu overlay would be a perfect remedy for this issue. I spent a good five minutes tapping random spots on the screen and trying to figure out what’s what in the app. Also, the division sign in equations shows as a colon instead of the division symbol, which would definitely confuse youngsters.
Lastly, the fish part of Fish Math requires more than just earning coins to fill your virtual aquarium. You actually need to spend coins to take care of your fish by feeding them. Also, you can only purchase one of each fish, which doesn’t make much sense and is a bit of a drawback. This is especially true if you happen to favor one fish over the others and would like to have more than one of that particular species in your aquarium.
Fish Math can be downloaded from the app store for $1.99, which is a little high given the fact that there are a few improvements that can be made to the game. However, it’s universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Fish Math is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 6.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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