For the past few weeks, we have been reviewing Math Rider, a fun math game for kids. I'll be honest, this is a review that is a bit difficult to write in a way. I, myself, LOVED the game but it just wasn't a good fit for our family and I will tell you why. While the recommended age for this game is 6 to 12, it was far too easy for my children who fell into that age range. They quickly became bored because it just wasn't challenging enough. I feel like that inhibited me a bit in thoroughly reviewing the product. Now, I have a 4 year old who is constantly asking me if he can play the game but he has a difficult time playing it by himself because he can't find the numbers fast enough on my laptop and hit the "enter" key in time. He also has a bit of trouble figuring the answer out fast enough in his head. I know that the game isn't intended for use by such a young age, but on the easy level, he has no trouble providing the correct answer (in his own time). I plan on letting him continue to play the game, as he thoroughly enjoys it and grows more and more confident in his skills each time he plays!
For those of you with children in grades 2 to 6, I highly recommend Math Rider. The game was created to help the developer's own children get in the practice that they needed to be confident about their skills without the boring repetition. Psychologists and educators helped to make Math Rider a fun, friendly, and rewarding environment.
One of the best features of Math Rider, in my opinion, is that the game can be played by more than one person on a computer. Different accounts can be set up for up to 8 students so that they each have their own rider and play their own adventure. It is also adaptive in that the game adjusts to each player's individual strengths and weaknesses. While you cannot play against another rider in this game, you do have the option to compare the performance of all players locally registered via the High Scores screen.
The game is a 54 MB download but if you have dial-up internet, you can still download the file. It will probably take a while, but if you use a program such as Free Download Manager to protect against connection dropouts and follow the instructions for a manual download and installation, you should have no trouble. After that, the only time MathRider requires an internet connection is to validate a new registration key, to check for updates, or to display the web-based online help.
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Each quest takes you on a noble adventure into a land of fantasy with your horse, Shadow. I was impressed with the quality of the sound effects and graphics and appreciated the fact that the controls were designed in such a way that they would not interfere with practicing math and playing the game. Simply type in the answer and enter. How fast your horse rides depends on how fast or slow each correct answer is entered. I can tell that this is a well-thought-out program and I appreciate all the hard work that went into it's development.
Here is a screen shot of multiplication practice in the enchanted forest:
And another screen shot- rescuing the princess:
Right now, you can PURCHASE Math Rider for the current sale price of $37.00 but the price is scheduled to increase to back to $47.00 on February 15th. If for any reason you or your child are dissatisfied with Math Rider, all you need to do is to contact them within 30 days of purchase for a guaranteed 100% refund. I think the program is well worth the money if you have a student or child needing practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. I wish I had games like this when I was in school! Math was never my favorite subject, but with games like this it might have been. :)
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*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.