Australian Council on Children and the Media

Mathstorm - Third Star

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Short takes

A heavily customisable collection of 5 games designed to help kids develop their math skills while having fun!

No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Mathstorm was kindly provided by a public reviewer on 11 August 2014.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by a Public Reviewer.

Name of app: Mathstorm
Developed by: Third Star
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Paid
Developer’s suggested age: 6-8
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

Public review

This review of Mathstorm contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All games played

App description

The app contains 5 different games that have different approaches to practicing the same problem-solving skills.

Monsoon is a "answer as many questions as you can" game with a customisable timer (30-120 seconds)

Avalanche is an endurance game, being too slow to answer or answering incorrectly will make the snowball catch up to the player. When it reaches the player the game ends.

Meteor Shower offers a reverse problem solving game, where the player is given the answer and must tap the matching question.

Sandstorm is closer to a free-answer game where the player does not have to be fast unless they're aiming for the high score.

Blizzard is a unique game where the player must select from a large amount of numbers to reach the given target. It can be played with a timer or in free-play mode.

Reviewers comments

The customisable nature of the app makes it a great choice for parents and teachers who are willing to use those features. The game ships with 7 pre-made difficulties but I'd recommend trying the options given for the best experience.

Each difficulty also tracks its own high scores which is great for giving goals each player can achieve (Kids playing on harder difficulties aren't trying to beat scores made on an easier difficulty, for example).

In App purchasing

There are no in-app purchases.

Online information

No profiles are needed, high scores are recorded anonymously (players don't enter a name) and are stored on the device.

Advertising and product placement

There is a link to more apps by the same developer behind a parental-gate, but no 3rd party advertisements

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Characters are all gender-neutral animals and creatures.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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The State Government of South Australia's web site http://nogame.com.au/ contains information about these concerns.