Today I welcome a review from my very first guest blogger. Josh is an 18 y.0. student from Melbourne who is studying for a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics). His own blog, Mathematical Mischief (http://mathematicalmischief.wordpress.com/) is aimed at helping everyone to get a better understanding of Mathematics and is a great resource for students. Do go and visit his blog.
And now, over to you, Josh.
King of Math
Well, erm… Hi. I’m Josh. 🙂
Now, if you’re wondering where I’m from, what I do – let’s just say you can find it all at Mathematical Mischief. Today, though, I’m not here to spiel about my blog, or what I do.
I’m here to talk about a game called ‘King of Math‘, made by the awesome dudes over at Oddrobo Games (they’re Swedish).
The first three level packs are available in game when you download the app (which is free), but to play the remaining levels, you need to buy the in game pack (which is $0.99, well worth the investment).
So you’re bored, slightly competitive, and really like math. You’re not quite sure what you could do, though. Here’s your answer, if you’re up for the challenge.
King of Math is a way to get kids, young and old, practicing math, but to have a little bit of fun at the same time. Plus, it’s got some wacky medieval music going on too. 🙂
Here’s the idea – You’re a mysterious farmer, trying to conquer the magical books of math – 12 books, with all sorts of topics.
From fractions, to indices, to addition, subtraction, geometry and statistics, there’s a book for everyone.
In each of these books, there are nine levels. You unlock them one at a time, but here’s how they go:
You have this small board (like the one below). The idea is, that you answer ten questions, as fast as you can, before time runs out. (you have about ten seconds per question). Three mistakes, and you’re out.
When you finish, you get a score based on how much time you have left, and how many mistakes you have made. The general idea is, that by advancing ranks, you work your way up the medieval trades and become king of the math puzzles. 🙂
There is also another little trick to doing these puzzles (rather than being ultra competitive) – by practicing, it helps you to work on your maths skills. It can be really helpful if you know how to do these percentages off of the top of your head, 🙂
Unfortunately, there are some downsides to King of Math. The game makers have assumed that players understand some of the later topics, which can make it fairly hard to understand at times. However, once those topics are understood, it becomes a lot easier, and you can really get the most out of the app.
So, what are you waiting for? Get right on it, 😛
(At the time of this article, this writer (MathMischief) had a rank of 243 out of 707,261 players. Good luck!)
All the best,
P.S. – If anyone wants a screenshot of my rank, I’m happy to oblige. 🙂
- Encourage Math Skills with King of Math iOS App (geardiary.com)
- Mathematical Mischief – (mathematicalmischief.wordpress.com/)