Timez Attack is visually the most immersive and sophisticated game I have reviewed so far. It has been developed by a software team involved in playstation games, and you can immediately tell. By far the best 3d environment of any math game currently out there.
The game teaches the times tables from 2 to 12.
Your character is a little dragon that needs to find its way out of a dungeon. This dungeon is a fully 3D environment, in which the player’s little dragon can move around freely.
The only way to get out of the dungeon is to
- Find your way through corridors, leadges, jumps, etc
- Jump and run through obstacles
- Beat various types of enemies by answering math multiplication questions correctly, in a given amount of time
That last point deserves some further explanation – the times tables are covered in sequence. So the player starts with the 2s (2 x 1, 2 x 2, 2 x3, …, 2 x 12), then the 3s, 4s and so on up to the 12s.
The enemy has a question displayed on their body, and the player has to answer within a set period of time. If the question is not correct or too slow, the enemy with ‘zap’ or blast your little dragon, and potentially send you back to a lower level to practice some of the questions further.
So by the end of the game, all number sentences have been correctly answered within the allowed time frame. In this way you can be sure your child has definitely mastered the times tables from 1 to 12.
- great looking 3d environment
- the interaction in the game cleverly builds in learning how multiplication actually works.
- Combat is very motivating for kids to get the answers right, and quickly!
- You cannot finish the game unless you know the multiplication tables down pat.
- Enemies may scare some kids
- Combat and being “punished” may harm self-confidence of kids with weaker skills
- After a while, the running around (especially when you were sent back) and answering the same questions again and again can get a bit tedious. But, repetition is essential to learn those times tables well!
Timez Attack Child Test
Our Timez Attack Review cannot be complete without some direct comments from our child testers:
- Wow, this looks cool! Can I play a bit longer?
- Where is the door that I still need to do?
- Yikes, he’s so scary!
At the time of writing, Timez Attack retails on-line for US$39.
The make-or-break point of the game are the enemies and the battles. If your kids are easily scared, do not like challenging conflict, then this game may not be for them. In our play-testing this applied especially to the girls.
But, if your child likes adventure, then this game should be absolutely perfect.
Scorecard for Timez Attack
|Covers:||Multiplication (times tables)|
|Age Group:||7-10, ideal for boys|
|Effectiveness:||4 out of 5 (weaker kids may struggle)|
|Learning vs Fiddling:||4 out of 5 (plenty of running, jumping, etc will have you fiddle some)|
|Avoids Violence:||3 out of 5 – Some violence (enemies do “hit” you and look aggressive)|
|Fun Factor:||4.5 out of 5|
|Medium:||Online Download Only|
|Platforms:||Windows and Mac|
|Price:||$39.95 (as at Feb 2010)|
|Guarantee:||Yes, 30 days Money Back Guarantee|
|Value for Money:||5 out of 5 (compared to other games in this genre, you really get your money’s worth)|
|Overall:||4.5 out of 5 (highly recommended)|
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