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Magic Math Academy - Human and Perfect Future Education co., Ltd

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A game for teaching basic mathematical concepts, set in a fantasy world that has limited levels available for free. Parental guidance recommended to age 9 due to in-App purchasing and social media connectivity.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Magic Math Academy was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 17 April 2019.

About the app

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

Name of app: Magic Math Academy
Developed by: Human and Perfect Future Education co., Ltd
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: 4+ (Designed for 0-5)
ACCM suggested age: 4+ with parental guidance
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Magic Math Academy contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

All free content was reviewed.

App description

Magic Math Academy offers bright, cartoon style graphics with music, set in a fantasy world of wizards and magicians. The App introduces and explores basic mathematical concepts in the categories of: Numbers and Counting, Operations, Geometry and Space, and Mathematical Thinking. A kindly wizard gives verbal instructions that are clear and easy to follow, and at any point the explanation of the concept can be replayed by selecting the tv icon in the right corner. Children progress through levels (increasing in difficulty) and can attain ‘stars’ for correct answers. These Stars can then be used to purchase ‘Wizard Accessories’. If a module/game is not passed a screen with “LOSE, keep up the good work” appears and the voice over says, “What a pity, try harder next time”. Each module may be replayed, which is great for building upon prior learning.

Reviewers comments

Magic Math Academy has only limited modules available for free (the free levels of this game can be played without internet access, and without login). Some modules appear unlocked but when you try to select them you are redirected to the online store which requires parental supervision for purchasing. Some children may find this frustrating. In addition, there is a link that encourages posting to Facebook, however this is clearly for parents and is protected by a mathematical problem. An online store for in-app purchasing is advertised on the home screen (not during game play) but is only accessible if you can follow written instructions to draw a circle in a particular direction as well as provide an email address. Young children are unlikely to be able to access these features. There is a page for parents that offers a report on the progress of the user, this is available offline.

There is one game module, Tooth Fairy, where the player must pull rotten teeth from a cartoon mouth. The bacteria on the teeth could be frightening characters to young users.

In App purchasing

There is In-App purchasing in this game, examples include:

  • Mathematics Course Introduction- Buy once and receive regular content updates- Special Price: $22.99, original Price $46.45.

Online information

There is some online connectivity, such as:

  • Link to Facebook, with a maths problem to access, voice over clearly states this is for ‘Daddies and Mummies’
  • In-app purchases, parental controls, online written instructions to draw a circle on the screen, via the written direction. The next instruction is to select a non- mainland China country and to make an account. Further instructions require an email address, etc.

Gambling

At the time of review, the reviewer found no simulated gambling content.  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

There is advertising in this game, including:

  • Home page has an icon link to other apps created by the same developer.
  • The online store icon is on the homepage and it glows on and off as a constant visual reminder.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

  • None noted

Coarse language

  • None noted.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

  • None noted.

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