Australian Council on Children and the Media

AB Math Lite - Nicolas Lehovetzki

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AB Math Lite is an educational mathematics game for children. Caution: in-app purchases, internet links, ads for other apps by developer

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of AB Math Lite was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 28 September 2016.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: AB Math Lite
Developed by: Nicolas Lehovetzki
Platform reviewed: Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: 3+.
ACCM suggested age: 13+ for in-app purchases
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of AB Math Lite contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This app was reviewed for approximately 1 hour

App description

AB Math Lite is an educational app designed to practise solving basic mathematics problems through a series of challenges presented in three different mini games. Skills required are mathematics, logic and reasoning, reading and basic motor skills to select answers and navigate through the app menus and buttons

Reviewers comments

This app is a lite version of the full app. Unless the full version is purchased, some of the features and levels in the app are not available , eg  only the easy difficulty level (of 4 levels) is accessible

On the home screen, there are three button, links to static ad for another game by the developer, a direct link to the app store for another game by the same developer and a link to the Facebook page for this game.

The home screen buttons are Player 1, High Score and Options. The features of these buttons are described below.

Player 1

This option leads the player into the games area where three mini games Calculations, Tables and Bubbles can be played, and the player history can be viewed.

A player can choose to play against the clock or to work through a continuous string of mathematical problems. When playing against the clock, a pinging sound occurs, alerting the player when time is running out.

In the Calculations and Tables games, players have a choice of answer modes:

  • Keypad entry requires answers to be made by using numbers on the keypad.
  • Multiple choice option offers a section of four answers, from which the correct answer must be chosen.

Correct answers are rewarded with a green tick and a ping bell sound. Incorrect answers are awarded with a red cross and a blurt horn sound.

Once an answer is given to a problem, a new problem is presented.

The lite version of app limits the Calculations game to addition problems and the Tables game to a choice of 2 or 5 times tables.

The Bubbles game is a selection of sequencing games based on choices of classical (numbers), roman numerals, letters, and solving mathematical problems. A player must also choose from a selection of graphics/bubbles, within which the sequencing challenge is presented.

Game play involves four moving bubbles, which must be selected in order of the lowest to the highest. If a bubble is selected in the wrong order, the bubble changes to red and a new challenge is presented. Correct sequencing results in the bubble disappearing from the screen. New sequencing challenges are presented until the clock times out.

Scoring of the games appears to be based on the number of problems solved correctly within the time limit.

High Score

This option contains a table, which lists the mini games, the difficulty levels, the highest scoring player’s name and their score.

Options

Selection of this button leads to another screen, which contains the following buttons; Full Version, Rate this App, Change Names, Word Domino, Memo Flash, More Games, buttons. In the top left hand corner of the screen is a speaker icon, which switches sound on or off. In the bottom left hand corner there is an envelope icon, which opens up to information on contacting the developer.

The Full Version, Rate this App, Word Domino, Memo Flash, More Games, selections provide access to the app store where the full version of this game can be purchased and other games by the developer can be acquired. The Change Names button allows the names of up to four players to be entered or changed. The player names created here appear as a button on the home screen and in the high score table area.

In App purchasing

The player has an option to unlock the ‘full version’ of the app for $2.26.

It is very easy to navigate to areas within this app, which lead to purchasing of the full version of this app and other apps by this developer. There is no obvious way on screen to escape the purchasing option once it is opened.

Online information

No information gathered in this app is shared online however, players are able to click on links to internet pages, to the developer’s Facebook page, and the app store.

Gambling

No simulated gambling content was found during this review. If you discover simulated gambling content in this app, please contact us with the details so we can update our review

Advertising and product placement

This app contains links to other apps, and static display ads of apps by the same developer.

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