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Monkey Math - Jetpack Adventure

Monkey Math - Jetpack Adventure

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 6 - 12 yrs.
Developer: GiggleUp Pty Ltd
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Monkey Math - Jetpack Adventure is a fun math-fact drill game that engages a child in math problem solving. A player flies along in a side-scrolling shooter style game and must solve math facts along the way, and quickly, in order to shoot or dodge oncoming obstacles.

The pace is fast and definitely offers a challenge and valuable fast-drill experience in math problems for children. The pace increases and the difficulty of the problems increases the further along you get into the 65 included levels of play (with the full $2.99 version).

Later in the game, with the coins you've collected along the way, you can acquire the ability to slow the game down. We wish that this ability were available from the beginning for the youngest players to encourage initial success. Early math learners may get frustrated quickly at the pace of the game, which is too bad, as Monkey Math can be a powerful learning tool for that age group.

Our evaluators had one concern about this otherwise excellent math app. There are no lockout or parental controls for the purchase and "sales pitch" areas. With one click from the game, in several cases, kids may find themselves in the App store and able to make additional purchases. Until Giggle Up Kids develops child gates for this feature, we encourage you to enable child restrictions on your iPad before letting your child play Monkey Math.

Tim Leverett   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

Look for this product at:
GiggleUp Pty Ltd
Available on iTunes

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