While a few people might consider math a difficult subject, I believe anyone — especially kids — can learn if they get enough practice. Addition, for example, may be a trivial concept, but it requires many iterations of varying problems to make sure a three-year-old truly understands it. Kids can start from object counting and finger counting, and then moving onto more abstract problems, such as arithmetic equations, when they’re ready.
The problem is that many parents would not have the energy to come up with so many arithmetic practice drills to keep their kids challenged. A solution is to find great math apps that offer these arithmetic practice problems. That’s why I’m always up to try any new math game for kids on the App Store.
My pick for today is Captain Math, a brand new game from Chocolapps. The game covers the four basic arithmetic operations: addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. And, it has the increasingly popular pirate theme to keep the kids engaged for a longer period of time.
Calculate and Fire Away
The game is divided into two groups of levels: easy and hard. You can only play with the easy levels at first, but you can unlock the hard levels when you have collected enough coins.
The easy levels themselves are divided into four: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The same pattern applies here, where you can only play with the addition level until you have collected enough coins to unlock the other levels.
To collect coins, you need to solve math problems. The game will show you a set of three math problems appropriate for the level that you’re in. For example, in the easy addition level you’d get an addition problem that involves two operands. You’d choose the correct answer from among the five options. Since this is a pirate-themed math game, you’re actually selecting which fire bomb to put into a cannon and fire against other pirate ships or island fortresses. If you get it right, you will hit the target, otherwise you will miss miserably.
You can repeat any level for as long as you need to. Once you have accumulated enough coins, you can move on to the next level or unlock the hard levels. In the hard levels, you get to play with three operands, such as: a + b + c, a + b - c, a - b + c, and a - b - c.
Parents Need to Know
Captain Math is appropriate for kids ages 6+ who are starting to learn about multiplication, division, and performing calculation on three operands. Because the game has no time limit, kids can take as much time as they need to work on each practice problem. Based on my experience with my kids, the game remembers your performance on past problems and will show more difficult problems as you progress.
Each level has an increased reward, from 1 coin for each addition problem solved to 10 coins for each subtraction problem solved. Solving multiplication and division problems would get you 100 and 1000 coins each. You can unlock the hard levels from the main menu by spending 600 coins.
Captain Math works great without an Internet connection. It contains no ads, no in-app purchases, and no links to social networks.
Things I Like
The first thing I like about Captain Math is the pirate theme. Both my sons are really drawn to games with pirate themes. They can spend more time playing with Captain Math than any other math drill games, simply because of the pirate theme.
I have to thank the developers for their decision to include the hard levels. It’s not easy to find math games for kids ages 6+ that involve more than two operands. If you’re looking for such an app for your kids, then Captain Math is the one for you.
Captain Math is a fun math game to help your kids train their mental arithmetic skills. Using a much-beloved pirate theme, the game aims to appeal to kids ages 6+ who are learning about multiplication, division, and arithmetic operations involving three operands. If you’ve been looking for an interactive math drill game to keep your kids engaged and challenged, I recommend giving Captain Math a try.
App was provided for our honest review.
Chocolapps is a team of developers who have developed various kinds of apps, ranging from storybooks and simple games for toddlers, to scientific apps and cooking simulation for older kids. We always enjoy playing apps from Chocolapps and have reviewed plenty of them over they years. Here are some of the most recent apps from Chocolapps that we’d recommend for you:
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