Math Evolve keeps practicing Math facts from becoming boring and turns it into an engaging game. Players are working as a “rapidly evolving creature” that uses Math to harness the power of the universe. They will solve equations and then create their own while flying through different environments, avoiding hostile enemy fire. I appreciated the fact that the game is controlled by touching on the screen and dragging the organism where you want him to go. There’s no need to tilt your device to move around the screen. I always find myself frustrated in a Math app when I’m trying to solve problems, find the answer on the screen and get my iPhone to move in the right direction. For me it’s like walking, chewing gum, patting myself on the head and trying to rub my stomach all at the same time. Touch and drag, that I can do.
Players can choose to play in either the practice or story mode. Practice mode lets them choose what they want to work on, down to the operation, the number range and the number of questions. They can also determine whether or not they’d like to work with negative numbers. If they choose to move on to the story mode then players get to work their way through 12 levels. They’ll find eighteen different types of enemies and six “bosses”, similar to a big challenge at the end of a video game level. Before beginning story mode players can select the operation they’d like to work with, the difficulty of that operation and the difficulty of the game. The higher the game difficulty, the faster and more frequent the enemies will come.
I’m sure that I sound like a broken record but Math is really not my strongest area and I struggle to engage in Math games. Math Evolve caught me up with the fast pace and the arcade style of game play. I also liked the way it presented problems. Not every problem was given as “here is the equation now what is the answer?” Much of the time players get to select the numbers in the equations and then find the answer to the problem they created themselves. For me that helped keep the game feeling fresh.
Price when Reviewed: $1.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 3.0 or later. This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad.
Seller: Zephyr Games
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.