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Math Galaxy Review by Missica PullenMath Galaxy Fraction and Decimal Riddles 4+
Math Galaxy Fraction and Decimal Riddles 4+ is a fun little app that helps teach the concept of fractions and decimals through the use of games. It works on iOS platforms such as iPhone and iPad.
We found the app to be easy, and quick, to install. Once installed, my son got started playing and having fun. The riddles are cute, and easy to remember. They are set up in such a way that if your child can solve the riddle on their own, it will help to reinforce the fractions through memory. My son did not have any sort of mental fatigue while working on these for an extended period of time, like he sometimes does with book and paper supplements.
I found some riddles to be less than appealing for a younger child, but this is personal and would not be the same for all families. For example, one riddle asked When is a cigar like a fish? And the answer was “When it is smoked.” Some may not be bothered by this, but I felt it was not appropriate for a child’s app.
The graphics are colorful, but very “computerized.” They remind me of older gaming console graphics, or older computer games that were more dos based. We also had a little difficulty when we first started with the riddle portion because there are no walk-through directions or instructions, so you just have to “fiddle with it” to figure out you have to click “solve” to actually input any sort of answers.
Fraction Pies, Fractions on a Line, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division of fractions are all covered.
Overall, I think there are a few bugs that need to be worked out, but if your child likes iOS apps, and needs a little more help with math, this would be a suitable app for additional learning.
-Product review by Missica Pullen, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August, 2018