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Math Rider Review

My kids LOVE games, and I’m always excited to see a new educational game that will have them working on skills that are not so popular during schoolwork.  I recently had the privilege of sampling Math Rider – the new computer game that helps kids master math facts.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division – those are the building blocks of mathematical operations and concepts.  We aren’t really the “drill and kill” kind of family, so any excuse to have fun with math is good to us!

From the Website…

Your child is taken into a land of fantasy and quests. Living in the Land of Ray and riding a horse called Shadow, he or she will set out on various noble adventures. Riding across amazing, digitally matte-painted moving backdrops of distinct fantastic lands, they will accomplish their quest, be it finding magical flowers, returning gems to the elves or even rescuing a princess!

The graphics are good quality, with a story text at the bottom of the screen to set the scene.  The narrator speaks very slowly, which may be good for emerging readers following the text, but was annoying for older kids.  The speaker is easily turned off with a click, allowing the very pleasant background music to play.

The horse and rider gallop along the bottom of the screen as various hurdles appear.  A math equation must be solved to jump the hurdles.  Riders get extra bonus points for faster solving times, and each level completes another section of the quest (documented on a nifty map of the kingdom).  You can set the difficulty levels from easy to hard, and choose which area of math facts you’d like to practice.  While tons more fun than a sheet of math problems, it is still computation practice.  There are many online games that do similar jobs, but for a family that has multiple children, limited internet access, or wants to keep individualized records of progress, Math Rider can be a nice supplement to any math curriculum.

This is an ideal tool for daily math practice, and my students enjoyed using it during waiting periods between subjects, or as a warm-up for the day.
Math Rider uses the Adobe® AIR™ runtime, so the game operates on Windows and Mac. The Math Rider website has download links for both of these applications, and it took me less than 4 minutes to be up and playing.

Just a few of the highlights of Math Rider:

  • Leveled practice in mathematical operations
  • Choose from addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division
  • Complete “quests”, follow a story, and earn bonus points and rewards
  • Free 7-day trial
  • Complete program is $47.00 (includes free updates for life)
  • Up to 8 players are allowed, and each player can have their own login and “personal rider”
  • Requires 80MB of  hard disk space.
  • Requires a screen resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels.

You can read more experiences right HERE,at SchoolhouseReviewCrew.com, and in the words of Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton, “Don’t just take my word for it!”  Read these other great reviews by parent educators like me!

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