Being able to instantly recall math facts is a foundation for learning advanced math skills. By the end of the third grade, most kids should be able to quickly add, subtract, multiply, and divide within 100. If your kids are having trouble memorizing their math facts, here’s a fun game to help them: Box Drop Math Complete.
Master Math Facts in a Fun Way
In the app, kids answer math questions to earn boxes that must be stacked up to a certain height. Successful attempts are rewarded with points, and at the end of the level a fun animation is played.
The challenges lie in answering questions correctly within 3 seconds, which demonstrates mastery, and in keeping the stack of boxes from toppling over. Kids are given three lives at the beginning of each level. Failure to stack a box will cost them one life, and the game ends when all three lives are depleted.
There are 9 levels in all that can be unlocked progressively. To keep kids motivated, each new level introduces a unique theme. For example, level 1 takes place on a cargo ship whereas level 2 is set underwater. Other themes include outer space, the museum, the amusement park, and the airport.
Alternatively, at the beginning of a level you can select the free play mode. In this mode, you try to answer as many questions as you can to build the highest tower.
It should be noted that even though the app includes all four math operations, you can only work with one operation at a time. If you want to select another operation, you can do so from the level selection menu.
Parents Need to Know
Box Drop Math includes a mastery graph that allows parents and teachers to monitor their child’s progress. It’s a grid that shows all the equations for an operation, and how well your child remembers each one. The game is able to track and keep scores for up to 5 players.
I would like to note that the app we reviewed is the Complete edition. If you want to test the gameplay first before committing to a purchase, you can check out Box Drop Math Addition. Do note that while the app is completely free, it only covers addition.
Box Drop Math Complete has no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. Links to the developer’s other apps are visible but protected behind a gesture lock. The app works well without an Internet connection.
Things I Like
Even though the gameplay in Box Drop Math is relatively simple, it works well. I like that it combines two different challenges in a single game. Not only do you have to solve the math problem, you must also keep your stack of boxes balanced. The latter is not always an easy task considering the nature of the physics engine — the higher the tower, the more prone it is to falling — but it’s by no means impossible. With both challenges, concentration is key.
As it is now, Box Drop Math has a lot of potential, but it would benefit from additional fine-tuning. I’d love to be able to select more than one operation for a more challenging gameplay, for example. I also think that dedicated buttons for pausing and exiting the game would be useful.
Box Drop Math Complete is a simple but fun box stacking game that helps kids instantly recall math facts. It offers 9 unique levels with fun animations, as well as free-play mode for kids who want endless challenges. Also included is a mastery graph so parents and teachers can monitor the child’s progress. Recommended for ages 7+.
App was purchased by us.