Logical thinking is the foundation for learning math and an important skill that children should develop. Games and puzzles are a great way to help children develop this skill in a stimulating environment. A game that we recently discovered and loved is Mathie.
Developed by Hoglet Studio, Mathie is a logic game in which kids draw paths to collect the cookies on screen. The activities in the app are based on early math activities such as tracing shapes and numbers, matching shapes, counting, and more.
Draw a Path to Collect the Cookies
In the game Mathie, three adorable monsters yearn to eat the cookies that are floating in the sweet space around them. But the monsters are picky and don’t eat every cookie. Sometimes they want cookies that have a certain shape, other times they want cookies that bear a specific number of dots. Your child’s task is to find the cookies that suits the monster’s preference, then draw a continuous path that connects the cookies to the monster.
The game consists of 90 mini levels that are grouped into 18 chapters. Each new chapter introduces a new challenge that build your child’s confidence and skills in problem solving and logical thinking. More cookies appear in increasingly complex constellations, and new obstacles such as laser cages are introduced. Sometimes, two cookies must be combined to get the cookie that the monster wants.
At the end of every chapter, your child can pick up a sticker that is used to decorate the monster’s home planet. They can also switch to another monster without losing their progress, or change the color and pattern of the planet.
Parents Need to Know
Mathie is suitable for ages 3-6. It’s in compliance with Common Core Standards in mathematics, and designed to help with the development of early learning skills such as number recognition, shape identification, and counting. It also contributes to development of fine motor skills through tracing and drawing paths.
The app has no in-app purchases or third-party adverts. There’s a protected section for parents from which you can turn off the music and sound effects of the app. You don’t need an Internet connection to use Mathie.
Things I Like
Mathie is an excellent puzzler that encourages young kids to really use their brain power. The levels are well-designed and fun to play. Because the difficulty level ranges from simple to complex, your child is always sufficiently challenged. All the levels are unlocked from the beginning.
Even though Mathie has objectives to complete in each level, the game doesn’t feel stressful at all. There are no punishments, high scores, or time limit. If your child made a mistake, they can simply restart the level and try again.
Another nice thing about the app is that it does a good job in detecting the lines drawn on screen. It doesn’t matter if your child likes making loops or if they prefer drawing the shortest path possible, as long as they are able to connect the cookies to the monster. In that sense, the app is fairly flexible about how your child approaches each puzzle.
If you’re looking for a game that can help your child develop logical thinking and an interest in math, you might want to give Mathie a try. It’s well-designed and fun to play, while at the same time offering a great exercise in problem solving. And with 90 levels that go from simple to complex, this app is sure to keep your kids busy for a while.
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.
About Hoglet Studio
Hoglet Studio is small, family design house located in Poland. Mathie is their second production. Their goal is to create original, fresh and high-quality apps for kids with both educational and entertainment value.
Check out their other app:
Puzzlecopters is a sequencing puzzle game that combines whimsical graphics and a unique gameplay to help preschoolers learn about pattern matching and develop logical thinking. Although it only has 24 levels combined, it randomly generates the sequences used in the gameplay so it still has great replay value. Recommended for ages 3-6.