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Kids, Maths

Dragonbox Elements by We Want To Know

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Dragonbox Elements is a tactile new Maths game with a focus on 2D geometry. The aim of the game is to help the player recognise and interact with a variety of geometric shapes.
One of the joys of the game is that the player literally draws out the puzzles by tracing over a number of set co-ordinates that form the basis of each challenge. Once a shape is drawn out it spawns a monster! These geometric gremlins are able to affect the geometry on screen when the player highlights certain properties around them such as the matching sides of an equilateral triangle. Each time the gremlin finds themselves at the centre of newly highlighted bit of geometry they evolve into a new breed of creature complete with new powers that can affect the gameplay. Once all the key shapes have been revealed the newly evolved gremlins can escape their mathematical confines and the level is completed. The game has a pleasing difficulty curve although the lack of a help function can (on occasion) leave you scratching your head for the appropriate action. Nevertheless DragonBox Elements is a polished and intriguing way to look at geometry for students of any age.

Why we love it:

  • Original and intriguing Maths based puzzle game.
  • Intuitive tactile interface.
  • A gentle and satisfying difficulty curve.

Get it for iOS or Android

Kerbal Space Program by Squad

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Kerbal Space Program is a game where players of all ages create their own space program. The aim is to help the Kerbals to conquer space by building and flying rockets. NASA has partnered with the game on a special downloadable mission pack and KerbalEdu, a cooperative, school-friendly version of space exploration sim Kerbal Space Program, was launched late last year. KSP is still under development, but we can’t wait to see what the team come up with!

Why we love it:

  • Cute characters backed by hard science.
  • Open sandbox promotes learning through experimentation.
  • The demo version is free, and will remain so forever.

Try or buy it here

Wuzzit Trouble by Innertube Games

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Set inside a trap-riddled castle, Wuzzit Trouble is an educational puzzle game which teaches mathematical conceptual thinking. Where other educational games use the gameplay as a mask to hide the learning, Wuzzit Trouble’s gameplay is the learning. The game introduces the idea of mathematical experimentation and encourages the idea of refining and improving your strategies for playing, all in the name of releasing the cute and fuzzy Wuzzits.

Why we love it:

  • Original gear-based mechanic.
  • Appealing characters.
  • Improves multiple skills- suitable for a variety of ages.

Buy it for iOS

Equator by Tigerface Games

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Equator is a puzzle game about balancing sums and equations. Using a split-screen mechanic, two players can collaborate to solve puzzles on the same device. The interface is very tactile, with lots of cute and interesting characters representing the operations, and a delightful seasons theme unfolding as the game progresses. Equator starts simple and is easy to pick up, but also scales up to more complex sums.

Why we love it:

  • Unique 2 player collaboration mechanic.
  • Friendly theme makes the content approachable.
  • Plenty of levels and variation for practicing sums.

Buy it for iOS

Slice It! by Com2Us

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Slice It! is a puzzle game about proportions and slicing up shapes to solve discreetly geometry themed puzzles. Using a tactile graph paper theme, the puzzles introduce proportions and ratios in a really fun and addictive way. The slicing mechanic is extremely easy to pick up, but the game also offers plenty of challenge in pursuit of mastery and that perfect score.

Why we love it:

  • Loads of levels for skill honing and understanding.
  • Friendly interface despite being maths themed.
  • Enjoyable and challenging for a wide range of ages.

Buy it for iOS or Android

Move the Turtle by Next Is Great

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Move the Turtle is a sweet iOS game aimed at teaching the basics of code and programming. It’s built for kids, but also works as a fun basic introduction to coding for anyone that’s interested. Presented as a series of puzzles in which you need to get the turtle to a diamond, the game gradually feeds you different functions, becoming more and more complex at a surprisingly digestible pace. Before you know it, you’re dealing with complex sequences that make real coding seem like a much less daunting task.

Why we love it:

  • Well paced with feedback that helps the player to learn.
  • Starts simple but gradually covers complex coding concepts.
  • Young-player friendly theme that makes coding fun.

Buy it for iOS