Mystery Math Town – Take the Mystery out of Math!

If you have a child who is befuddled by math, loves games, or both, you need to check out Mystery Math Town. This brand spanking new app is so very much fun that the only mystery will be how to get your iPad back from your kids once they start playing it.

Mystery Math Town is from Artgig Studios, the developer who brought you Marble Math, Alien Buddies and Shake-a-Phrase (see, Fun Apps to Entertain (and Educate) Your Child), and is filled with high quality images and sounds. The app is designed for kids ages 6-12, but I quickly discovered that adults can have fun playing this game too! The app takes you on a journey through Mystery Math Town, navigating through houses and solving math problems to achieve your goals.

This app teaches addition, subtraction and multiplication in a unique and fun way. The math solution is provided (think Jeopardy!) and you have to insert the numbers to be added, subtracted or multiplied. To make the math even more challenging, you can include dice and hash marks in addition to numbers.

The app involves analytical thinking well beyond the typical flash card method of problem solving. You really have to think to make your way through the maze of Mystery Town houses and collect the numbers you need to solve the problems and progress in the game.

The player has two goals. The first is to collect fireflies from houses along a path. The second is to collect gold stars that earn you a portrait for your portrait gallery.

Each house is a maze of rooms (no sane architect would actually design a floor plan that appears in any of these houses, but that’s part of the fun!) the players must navigate through to collect their fireflies/gold stars. To enter each room, players need to solve math equations with numbers floating around the room. Players collect the numbers to carry with them into each room and solve equations.

In the beginning, the game is quite simple. You collect the numbers and answer the problems. But the game gets more challenging with each house. Both the maze and math equations become more difficult. Additionally, more numbers float around than you can collect in your drawer. The challenge then becomes deciding which numbers you need to collect to enter the rooms and remembering where to return to retrieve those numbers.

You start by creating an account and designing your avatar. You can pick from different hair, eyes and mouth to create a cute cartoon character. The app lets you sign in when you play so multiple players can enjoy the game and have their progress saved for the next time they play. You can adjust the level of math skills so that each player can enjoy a game that is challenging but not overwhelming.

What makes this game particularly endearing, besides the fantastic graphics and sounds, clever concept and fun game play, is the special features. Many rooms have objects that can be pressed for fun effects. Exploring each room for the first time is especially fun when you take a few moments to explore the objects. You’ll want to see what, if anything, responds to being pressed. Hint: press some items more than once for different results.

Here’s a video showing the game in action:

While the game says it is designed for 6-12 year olds, the game is so much fun, older kids and adults will enjoy playing the game as well. If you like maze games, Sudoku puzzles and/or having fun, this game is for you too.

Tech Tip: Don’t play this game the morning you’re supposed to check out of a hotel room, before you take a shower. I tried that…bad idea!

If you’re planning a trip and are looking for a fun way to keep your kids occupied, make sure to get Mystery Math Town before you leave. Your kids will be engaged and arrive with better math skills than when they left home. Just don’t be surprised when they complain, “Are we there already?”

Mystery Math Town is available for iPad for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store. That’s right, for less than the price of renting a movie, you can have hours of entertainment (and education).

Do your kids enjoy math games? Do they like learning through fun? Have you ever become so caught up in a game that you lost track of time? Let us know in the Comments section below!

Artgig Studios provided me with a promo code for this app to review. No compensation was received for the review of this app.

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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Carolyn,

    This is so very cool :)

    I wish I had known of Mystery Math Town when my kids were that young, though as you mentioned even older adults and my kids now might enjoy it. I loved the video and those fireflies and all those things kept me glued.

    I guess when children that young are given a fun way of learning things like Maths – they are able to grasp it much better than when they are taught the normal way they teach at school. I am surely going to share this, so that parents with younger kids, and older ones too get to know of this.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful week ahead :)
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    • says

      Hi Harleena, You’re right, this game is a lot of fun even for adults. You can tailor the game to the skill level you want, making the game easier or more challenging. The design is fun, funny and engaging. I’m thinking a lot of kids will benefit from this app.

      Thanks so much for sharing this article with others and for sharing your thoughts here with us today. Have a super week ahead, Harleena!
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  2. Craig McBreen says

    My wife enjoys math. She really does, so maybe I’ll send this link to her ;) My kids are creative, but tend to put off anything math related and they describe math in very painful terms, plus they’re teenagers and beyond help (I kid). I recently got a book: Secrets of Mental Math and it’s a great way to start the day. The author describes himself as a “Mathemagician” and I agree … some of his tricks to fast calculation are very cool … makes me wonder if there’s an app for that? :)

  3. says

    Hi Carolyn,

    Mystery Math Town sounds awesome and perfect for my kids, Haakon is 7 years old and Helle is 9 (turning 10 in September). And they both love math. But, do you know if they need to understand English well in order to play it, or is it more or less just math with numbers?
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      Hi Jens, Yes, your kids will really enjoy this app, even without knowing English. You should probably set up the skill levels for them because that requires English, but they can play all day without needing English.

      The game does use English when some of the objects talk (I won’t give anything away about the mystery), but those comments are funny and not key to the game.
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  4. says

    nowadays , math becomes as a difficult branch for most children . this make them so crazy so more. what we can say here, is that they can’t remember the numbers and how they can calculate in an easy way , with a great mentality. from my experience i do a great effort with my children to do that but i can. i find a solution is by checking out Mystery Math Town. really this is more effective by children .also what i can say about , with a two or three days i find my children automatically becoming intelligent. they start learning math and how they calculate in a short time . this is an effective way for children to learn about math in a short time. this Process should be followed not on math but also on learning language and so on.

  5. says

    Hey Carolyn! Thanks for sharing this post! I will try to introduce in my kids “menu” such constructive games because I think they are fun and challenging and I had enough scratches on my tablet from “Fruit Ninja” and co:)!
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  6. says

    I know I’ve said this before Carolyn but I wish they had this stuff when I was in school. Math and science were my worst subjects. We didn’t have calculators back then and they wouldn’t have been allowed in school if we had. My poor brain couldn’t comprehend all that adding and subtracting and thank goodness I never had to take algebra. I would have failed for sure.

    I loved the video, how fun!

    Thanks for sharing this cool and fun program. Apps are becoming so fun now.

    ~Adrienne
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      Hi Adrienne, Yes, I’m with you there. I wish they had these when I was a kid too. The change in technology is so rapid, who knows what this generation will be telling their kids that they wish they had when they were in school.

      The kids who are graduating high school this year didn’t have iPads when they started high school because the iPad hadn’t been launched yet. Amazing.
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  7. Lancia says

    Amazing game. This is a great app to educate children about mathematics and in the interesting way. Mathematics has always been fun for me. Hence at first I will try out this.

  8. Jeremy Norton says

    This is perfect for my preschool kid. He loves solving a lot and very interested in learning how to add and subtract numbers.

  9. Daniel Robert says

    It’s a good game for kids who are poor at math or have no interest in math subject. This game will definitely help kids in learning. Making learning process easy for children’s will help them in understanding better.
    Thanks for sharing as this app will gonna help many mommy’s who are worrying about their kids.

    Cheers