Having been really seriously impressed by Zombie Dash yesterday (to be fair, it has zombies and a mech suit, so we were always onto a winner), I decided to have a rummage around in Italy Games’ pants and see what other potential treats they were hiding.
Enter: Math Game, front runner for the Least Inspiring App Title trophy at this year’s Mobot Awards (not to be confused with the MOBO Awards).
Math Game is so called on the Android Market, and on your smartphone’s app list, but launch the game and it’s also masquerading under the title 1 Minute Math Test, which is actually more appropriate.
See, in each of Math Game’s three modes, you have just one minute in which to solve the test.
The mechanics are much the same in all three modes. Essentially you have a grid of numbers, and you’re tasked with tapping a bunch of ‘em (any ones you like) in order to meet the target total displayed in the bottom left.
When you hit that total (say you’ve tapped 1 + 2 + 3 + 8 + 9 to reach 23, for example), your chosen numbers disappear and the target total changes, and so on until you’ve cleared the entire grid.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t fancy the target total in the bottom left, just give it a tap to get a new one. Easy. There’s no penalty, but you’ll inevitably waste valuable microseconds.
Easy mode is, as one might expect, incredibly easy, but Hard is an absolute pain in the mother furgin’ bottom. Seriously. It raises the grid from 6x6 to 8x8, and those additional 28 (*uses calculator to confirm*) tiles make all the difference.
Quiz Mode gives you not only a target total, but also a target number of tiles to tap. Par example, mes amis, you might have to tap precisely four titles totaling 16. It’s a lot more cerebral.
And that’s Math Game by Italy Games in a nutshell.
Obligatory gripe? Well, on Hard Mode, it can be quite difficult to stab those smaller tiles with the necessary precision, which is particularly annoying given the strict time limit. I almost felt like I wanted a stylus.
Other than that, it’s all good. Well, as good as a smartphone-based arithmetic test can be.
- It’s quite thinky
- Three game modes
- It’s free
- It’s quite limited
- The wee tiles on Hard Mode are too small, man
- Gave me a sore head after a while
Summary: Math Game is ideal if you’ve left school and uni behind, and fancy testing your arithmetic skills. Or heck, maybe you're still studying and simply a glutton for punishment.
Developer: Italy Games
Requires: Android 1.5 or above
Price: free @ Android Market