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Superb depth and breadth!
My 6 year old has been playing an advance copy of this app for about a month, and it's been stretching her math skills ever since. She's constantly asking to play "Rocket Math"--which for a child who claims to "hate math" is nothing short of miraculous! The game consists of 3 stages: 1. Earn "money" by playing an arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) quiz game: The game has different difficulty levels (easy, medium, hard), so that it can easily adjust to your child's growing abilities. The graphics are on the quiz are fun, too, and my daughter loves to see the rockets fly every time she answers correctly! 2. Spend the "money" to buy rocket parts and build a rocket: There are lots of rocket bodies, accessories and decorations to choose from, and I was very glad to see that there are a number that are girl-oriented (pink and purple rockets and accessories, flower decorations, etc.), in addition to the more traditional (read: boy-oriented) ones. A very fun activity! 3. Launch the rocket and complete math missions: Hands down, this is the best part of the app. The kids launch their rocket into outer space and tap on the objects (shapes, numbers, U.S. coins, patterns, etc.) related to a given math mission. The graphics are awesome, and the gameplay is exciting and educational. I can't believe that there are 50+ missions here--this could be an app in and of itself! The missions are sortable by type and difficulty, so it's easy to find the ones that you want. Also, you can earn "medals" for getting a certain number correct, so it's motivating for the kids to try to better their previous scores, which makes for a tremendous amount of replay value. I'm so impressed with the depth and breadth of this game and know that my daughter will be playing it for years to come!
GraceLilacWine on Dec 2, 2010 for Mathmateer
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