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Math Blaster HyperBlast

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Subtraction, Addition, Fractions & Decimals, Division, Multiplication

What we like best:

It's a blast—literally. This app has nonstop action and noise. Math has never been so exciting.

What you should know:

The pace is fast and frantic; it's more of an arcade game than educational app. Ads are featured in the free and cheaper versions, along with many prompts to purchase additional game features.
Full Review:

A roller-coaster ride in space is what you get with this manic hot math app. Little space warriors saddle up their rocket blasters (which resembles a souped-up jet ski) and takes off shooting at robots and space debris and collecting "shields" to power up their rides.

Every once in a while, a math problem pops up and must be solved to keep going. By the time super spacemen encounter an equation, they'll probably be too hyped up to solve anything—and that's the point. Math Blaster HyperBlast scores high on motivation but low on frequency and depth of practice. There are many levels and categories to choose from at the start. Pick a theme such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions or a combination of these basics and take off. Players ride through a mesmerizing obstacle course in deep space.

The version reviewed here is free and comes with limited lessons—paid versions have more options. The app keeps track of progress and high scores just like a traditional arcade game. The sound effects are loud and can overwhelm adult ears, but will probably appeal to kids.

Reviewed 2012-10-03 on iPhone iOS5 by Roberta Munoz

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Grade:Third Grade, Fourth Grade
Topic:Math
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Knowledge Adventure
Standards:Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division. Interpret products of whole numbers e.g. interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7. Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. Use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.