Both kids are big Madagascar fans, and my older daughter has seen all of the Madagascar movies, plus she has watched the Penguins of Madagascar series on Nick Jr. We were happy to learn that there is a new Madagascar Math Ops app with a release date of June 5, 2013. I love that this app is available now, just as the school year is ending – that way my daughter can have fun practicing her math skills throughout the summer while she is on summer break.
We downloaded the app to an iPhone, but it might actually be nicer on a larger device, because there are a lot of nice graphics and details, and I think it would be a little nicer to use on something like our 7″ Android tablet.
Madagascar Math Ops is very easy to use. The only thing we had to initially is have a parent sign up, which is a simple registration that only takes a moment, including a name, e-mail, and child’s name. Then my daughter was set to go, and she went to “work” right away.
This game is recommended for 1st grade to 4th grade levels, and the menu is broken down into grades, and then by levels. Kids can practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
After completing some math equations, then there are some games involving aiming penguins at various structures in order to free characters. Right away, my daughter exclaimed, “It’s just like Angry Birds!”. She thinks it is a lot of fun to shoot the penguins to allow the other animals to escape.
My daughter was excited to see all the Madagascar characters, including Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, and more (Alex, the lion, is her favorite!). She said her favorite part is also a little video clip that played at the beginning of the game showing the animals being tricked into getting into a “Birthday” party truck.
The game gets more difficult as you go along. The more math you do, you can unlock more levels and “locations” (New York, Paris, Sydney, etc). Kids also earn coins as they go along which they can put towards things in the game. Of course you can also purchase coins (for things like launchers and powerups), which of course leads to my kids begging me to purchase more through the app store, but they have to be patient and earn them on their own. You do have the ability as a parent to lock this option so that coins cannot be inadvertently purchased.
I do like that there are only a few math equations before it switches to the penguins trying to blast their friends to freedom. I do wish there was a little bit more to the game, as far as variety, but Madagascar Math Ops does do a good job of engaging kids in math without being too monotonous. I really think if there were too many math equations at a time, my daughter would get bored quickly and the game would lose its appeal. In any case, if you aren’t sure if this is for you, you can try the free download, because you can always upgrade to the paid version.
Overall, this is a cute game with nice graphics and a great educational twist. I will certainly be encouraging my daughter to use this app over the summer so that she maintains her math skills and is that much more prepared when school starts back up in the fall!
Disclosure: I was provided with a JumpStart promotional code at no cost in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.
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This app is available for iOS®, Android™ and Kindle® for $2.99, as well as a FREE download.