Well, I was looking for a math game to help reinforce the math facts the children are learning and had noticed Math Blaster at the stores a few times. Long ago, in a house far away, as a child we had a Math Blaster game that I remembered being fun and that did just what I wanted, asked math questions, I answered them and was rewarded with little rockets shooting into the "sky" or some such entertainment. So, I finally decided to get the new version and give it a try.
It arrived last week and I excitedly installed it - remembering days gone by - filled with nostalgia...it didn't last long. The game has changed tremendously - not only have the graphics been "updated" (see image above...the first little image is probably what it looked like when I was playing it in the '80s), but the game is hard to maneuver within and it was somewhat torturous to play. I tried it for a little while and finally stepped away from the computer in disgust over the $30 I'd spent on it.
I may let the children try it - maybe they're more coordinated than I am w/the arrow keys and how the game is set up to utilize them...we'll see. For now though I will issue a hearty THUMBS DOWN on this game. I wish I could just get a copy of the old version - from the '80s...ahem...or some such time frame from my youth.
Anyone know of any other math games we might look into? Right now I have 2 children working on addition facts, one about to start subtraction and one working in multiplication.
Back to the oldies, but goodies...flash cards :)
Grace at Home No. 271
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