Mathmateer (formerly Rocket Math) is a very cool new math app from Dan Russell-Pinson, the developer behind another favorite app – Stack the States. It combines rocket building with math facts and slick graphics. I tested it out before my kids found it on my phone and caught myself getting sucked in. That should tell you something because Math is just about the last thing that I would choose to lose myself in. This is an entertainingly educational game.
You begin playing Mathmateer by building a rocket. You’ve got a set amount of money to spend and you can use it to buy boosters, fins, decorations, etc. My advice is to make sure you buy boosters! Without them your rocket can’t fly and that’s a critical part of the game. After gearing up your rocket it’s time to launch a mission. You can choose between the following mission categories: numbers, counting, time, US money, shapes/patterns, addition/subtraction, multiplication/division and challenge. You can also choose a mission based on one of these difficulty levels: beginner, novice, intermediate, advanced, expert and genius.
So you’ve got your rocket and you’ve chosen your mission, now it’s time to blast off. The goal of your mission will show up at the top of the screen. It will say something like “Tap the even numbers” or “Tap the equations that equal 5″. If you’ve been wise in your booster choice then your rocket will launch high in the sky. By tilting the iPhone you can keep it flying in space. As the rocket flies you must tap on the floating answers that fit your mission goal. Your rocket is going to begin falling apart and eventually come crashing back to Earth so you’ve got to work fast.
Completing missions will earn you money that can be spent on rocket improvements. You’ll be able to experiment with the different rocket parts to see what works best for launching (and keeping) you out into space. You can also build more than one rocket and switch back and forth between them. Mathmateer lets you set up different user profiles so everyone in the family can play. I will say that I agree with an iTunes user review, it would be nice to have the ability to test/preview your rocket’s features before you purchase them.
As I mentioned earlier I got caught up in this game. For me the hook was trying to get my rocket to work the way I thought it should. In order to do that I needed money which meant I had to do the Math. I’m going to go out on a limb here but I think that’s the general point of the app. So mission accomplished Mathmateer! In my opinion Mathmateer is another winner and Mr. Russell-Pinson is on a roll. He’s given us Stack the States for Geography and now Mathmateer for our Math facts. Can’t wait to see what comes next!
*Mathmateer is a universal app – one purchase and you get an app for your iPhone and iPad.*
Price when Reviewed: $.99 – Introductory special – snag it!
Seller: Dan Russell-Pinson
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.