Sweet Critique: Math Blaster

Math is not one of my favorite subjects. Babydoll likes it, but it’s still more fun when there’s some sort of game involved.

When I was asked to review Math Blaster, an online math game by Knowledge Adventure, I was pretty excited.  Babydoll has played JumpStart before {another Knowledge Adventure title}, and she really enjoyed it, so I figured Math Blaster had a good shot in our house!

What is it?

 

Math Blaster is a browser-based video game that combines arcade-style games and learning, focusing specifically on math.  The game is set in outer space, and each player creates a Blaster to start training at Blaster Academy.

Throughout the game, Blasters have access to all sorts of missions, games, and math quests.  As they complete these tasks, they attain new cadet levels, new uniform pieces, and achievements.

What did we think?

 

We really enjoyed Math Blaster! And yes, I said we; I played, too!

Blaster CreationCreating your Blaster is fun; you can choose from all sorts of eyes, noses, hair colors, and even species.  Yep, you can make your Blaster an alien or other weird things.

When you’re done creating your Blaster, you’re dropped off at Blaster Academy.  If you’re lucky like we were, you’ll get dropped in right as a Red Alert happens.  You rush to a spaceship and get to blast the heck out of bananas, basketballs, or other random things.  This isn’t totally pointless either, you’re earning points to level your Blaster!

Cadet Level

There are many areas to explore within Math Blaster, but we spent quite a bit of time in the Academy.  This is where you’ll find the Job Board, which is how you access the math games.

Three math games are currently accessible at the Job Board, but they have so many different levels that it’ll keep your kid busy for some time.  Oozami and Bolt Cruncher were my two favorite games. I probably sat there for about 30 minutes playing…

Oozami

Oozami fun!

Bolt Cruncher

Bolt Cruncher

I was actually surprised at the level of difficulty of some of the levels.  And I’m not saying it as a bad thing; I was very happy to see that the games really challenged you to think about math in ways other programs might not focus on {finding a specific number in a certain place value spot was fun}.  The easier levels are good for young learners as well; the game really does a great job of structuring the levels so that kids won’t get frustrated.

The game can be played as single player or multiplayer, and Knowledge Adventure has done a great job of putting many safety checks in place for parents to use.  This and other features can be accessed in the parent’s section.

Babydoll was able to easily navigate the game, and was off and running in no time.  She liked playing around with Monster Morph {you use “chemistry” to create monster potions that are used to change other players into monsters!}, Oozami, and her favorite, the rock climbing wall.  As you guys know, I’m a technology geek, so I love anything that uses computers and other “geek stuff” to help reinforce learning!

There are several parental features in place as well, such as the Math Blaster Blog and the Game Guide.  I highly recommend checking out the Game Guide; there are quite a few areas in Math Blaster and it will help you immensely to go ahead and review what each one has to offer.  It also informs you of your chat options and other important information.

Final thoughts

 

Math Blaster is great; you should definitely check it out!  You can access a small portion of the game for free, and membership as of the writing of this review is $7.99 per month, $74.99 per year, or $149.99 for lifetime access.  Oh, and if you’re a member, you get free access to JumpStart World!!! Babydoll did spend quite a bit of time there…

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