Bubbly Walrus teaches kids how to quickly calculate multiplication in order to complete levels successfully. Developed by F and J Estudio Digital Ltda, this fast-paced math game is perfect for youngsters who are honing their multiplication skills. It’s even great for adults who want to brush up on mental math, too!
Concept and Gameplay:
Math is all about practice, and Bubbly Walrus aims to help kids fine-tune their mental math and multiplication skills through a series of levels. There’s even a neat background story behind the game.
Kids must help Walrus rescue his girlfriend from the grips of the evil kidnappers, and level environments reflect the journey that Walrus must embark on to save her. There are even bosses to fight, which really helps kids to all but forget about the fact that they’re playing a math game.
To play Bubbly Walrus, kids must pull floating numbers to the bottom of the screen in order to solve the equation at the bottom of the screen. Depending on the level, the equation at the bottom could be something like 2×4, or it could be multiples of the numbers at the bottom.
For example, if the numbers 2 and 3 are showing at the bottom of the screen, kids must pull the 15 bubble from the top and place it over the 3, the 8 bubble over the 2, and so on. Levels are timed, so it’s important to complete them as quickly as possible. Once a level is completed, kids will receive a star rating to show how well they performed.
In terms of gameplay, Bubbly Walrus definitely has a great amount of educational content to offer. The best thing is that the game changes as kids progress through levels, so it doesn’t get boring and stale.
They’ll actually look forward to moving on and helping Walrus rescue his lady. Plus, cute animations and great sound effects really help to immerse children in the world of Bubbly Walrus.
Bubbly Walrus comes with a few extra features, mainly the ability to use power ups and boosts as kids progress through the game. These boosts can be tapped to be activated, and will help children complete levels faster.
Also, if kids complete a level in time with no errors, they’ll be presented with a collectible card at the end of the game. There’s a twist, however. In order to redeem the card, kids must share their accomplishment on one of four social media networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Tumblr.
Personally I think social media integration doesn’t belong in a children’s game, and instead of having to share, kids should either complete another challenge or automatically receive the card seeing as it’s a reward for a perfect level.
Bubbly Walrus is available to download from the App Store for $1.99, which is a very fair price given the fact that there are no additional in-app purchases and there’s tons of content for kids to play through. Plus, the game is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad.
Overall, I think Bubbly Walrus is truly a wonderful math game for kids, but parents need to be aware of the fact that social media is heavily integrated into it. While this might not be an issue for older children, it’ll likely be a turnoff for many parents who want their child to be focused solely on the game.
Bubbly Walrus requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. 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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