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Mystery Math Museum

Mystery Math Museum

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 & Up
Developer: Artgig Apps
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Mystery Math Museum is a game that combines solving math problems and mystery challenges in a search for coins and dragonflies through an immersive world of fun graphics . As the story goes, dragonflies were delivered to the wrong museums around town and the player's job is to find them all while building and solving equations. Players begin by logging in, inventing a user name, setting up an avatar, (no personal information is required), and identifying which challenges they want to focus on--addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. For each category there are further choices indicating the numbers to be included in the problems, i.e., 0 through 10, and the level of difficulty x1, x2, x10, etc.

Each museum must be searched for dragonflies by collecting numbers along the way to load onto a bar at the bottom of the screen and then using these numbers to solve math problems and open doors. Selecting a door to enter presents the math problem, which is solved by tapping the correct numbers to be inserted into the problem. After carefully checking each room for any jars with dragonflies, or coins that will help the player earn talking portraits, the search continues in another room. With the successful completion of the math problems in one museum, the next destination is indicated by the removal of a padlock from the next museum and a large glass jar appears for collecting dragonflies. As players progress from museum to museum, the theme of the clever graphics changes and additional challenges present themselves. For example, upon successfully collecting the two dragonflies needed from the Sports Museum it's on to the next museum, the Wild West Museum.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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