Zoombinis to Launch on Android in August

Zoombinis to Launch on Android in August

Jul 14, 2015


We’ve been keeping an eye out for Zoombinis, the classic educational game that was slated to arrive on Android this summer. Well; it looks like after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, it is due out on Google Play on August 6th.

Zoombinis is developed in conjunction with the world class designers at FableVision Studios, an award-winning educational transmedia developer, along with Learning Games Network.

“Together we have recreated the Zoombinis adventure so that it can be shared with a whole new generation, in a touch screen format,” said David Libby, Director of Technology, TERC. “With the advances in technology since the Zoombinis first appeared in the Â’90s, we were able to craft the perfect blend of problem solving with entertainment that can be enjoyed in mobile or classroom setting.”

Numbering in the hundreds, the Zoombinis need your help. The small blue creatures, each with distinct personalities and appearances, are all imprisoned by the evil Bloats who took over their home – and you need to help them reach the safety of Zoombiniville. Using logic, data analysis, pattern finding and problem solving skills, children and adults will face a series of increasingly difficult challenges set within entertaining environments such as Pizza Pass, Titanic Tattooed Toads and Mudball Wall. Help the Zoombinis travel in groups until all 400 of them are safe in Zoombiniville.

Per the press release, the game will cost $4.99.

Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Tabtor Releases Math Learning App on Google Play

Jan 27, 2015

Tabtor is building upon its success on iOS by releasing the Android version of it’s well-regarded mathematics learning/tutoring application.

The app is backed by a subscription service, and the whole system is specifically aimed at kids in the K-6 bracket; a student gets unlimited worksheets and regular feedback from a dedicated tutor.

Per the Google Play page, features include:

– Tabtor membership gives you access to unlimited digital worksheets for one low monthly price for one student (subject to fair usage and assessment of submitted worksheets). Multiple plans available.
– Every worksheet is accompanied with a video tutorial to assist in the moments of frustration
– With your membership, a tutor is assigned for each student
– Student starts with a diagnostic test
– Student gets instant grading on every question
– Tutors provide personalized feedback, daily or as-needed, based on the worksheets submitted by the students and accordingly assign worksheets
– You get weekly updates on the performance of your children
– In addition, you get a biweekly session with the Tutor to review the performance of your children and for your child to talk with the Tutor
– Curriculum is aligned with CCSS (Common Core). Grades covered: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades. 7th and 8th grade content will be released soon.

Tabtor CTO Balraj Suneja is pleased with the Android release. “We’re pleased to offer Tabtor’s groundbreaking learning program on the Android platform,” he says. “Students who use it have not only shown dramatic improvements on tests, but in many cases, they’ve been able to truly excel in a subject they previously struggled with, building the skills they’ll need for college and their professional careers beyond school.”

As noted, the app is free with a Tabtor subscription; it is available on the Play Store.

The Awesome Game Company To Release Alphaman, An Educational Arcade Game

The Awesome Game Company To Release Alphaman, An Educational Arcade Game

Aug 30, 2013

Alphaman 1

With school being in very foreseeable future for some, and already an unchangeable actuality for others, here’s a game that will be a great teaching addition to all the children, as well as Twitter users. Alphaman is an arcade game that looks sort of like Pac-man, but is actually an educating tool that teaches spelling. Release details and spelling difficulty are yet unknown, but there is a teaser that is available below.

Friday Free App Rundown January 12 – Math Games

Friday Free App Rundown January 12 – Math Games

Jan 11, 2013

Math is hard for a lot of people. Try remembering the multiplication tables after being out of school for a few years, it’s near impossible for most people. To keep those sorts of things fresh in the old grey matter, the knowledge needs to be used somewhat frequently. This week we will be talking about some different games to help learn and retain some of those math skills.

Math Maniac

Addition is one of the most basic methods learned to solve a math problem. Math Maniac give a number and its up to the player to find as many number combinations to add up to the given number. Any combination with the correct answer will work as long as they are entered within the allotted time. In this version of Math Maniac , each time a game is started, it starts from level 1. To restart at a previously reached level, an upgrade needs to be purchased.

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Math Attack

For a little more advanced players, Math Attack is a game combining several methods to solve math problems. For example, the problem may consist of multiplication and addition or division and addition. To answer, choose from one of the multiple choices shown. Complete the problem in the allotted time to move forward. Progress and statistics are kept. This way it’s easy t see if there is an increase in time or ability.

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Math Workout

Just like a muscle, working out the mind keeps it fit and trim. Test different skills ranging from simple to taking Online World Challenge. This is a times competition to see how fast one can complete 50 basic math problems. The idea of Math Workout is to use it daily. This should help increase the ability to do basic mental math. Something most people need a little work with.

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Math Practice Flash Cards

While this one isn’t as much of a game as others, using flashcards can really help with memorizing and problem solving. Create different sets of problems and answer them with either multiple choice or using the number pad. Math Practice Flash Cards works on addition, subtraction, multiplication or division only. If desires, the multiple attempts to answer the problem can be allowed.

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Kids Math

When kids are learning math, they need to have it be a bit more entertaining. This helps hold their attention a bit longer and makes the math problems more memorable for them. The levels are timed starting at 30 seconds per problem. All 8 levels need to be completed within the allotted time. Give it a spin and make sure the problems are what your child can handle.

Download Kids Math

Grandma’s Garden Review

Grandma’s Garden Review

Oct 24, 2012

Mobile devices run the gamut when it comes to functionality. Beyond entertainment and content consumption, they can be great teaching aids. I found that Grandma’s Garden from Noodlecake Studios and Fairlady Media fits the bill in this regard, providing plenty of playful learning opportunities for the young and young at heart.

Grandma’s Garden is a simple, colorful foray into numbers, colors, the alphabet and shapes. In addition, matching is also part of the game.

The UI worked for its target demographic, with big buttons and spread layout. I thought the developer did a good job of replicating sounds reminiscent of a supportive grandma, and the collective look was able to keep my soon-to-be three-year-old’s attention. I noted that the celebration for a job well done was well received too. Basically, Grandma’s Garden is spliced into senses-stimulating mini games. Counting eggplants for instance, was as simple as touching each eggplant. To get Grandma clapping in he next stage, I had to pick the letter matching a missing one.

Wrong answers yielded new opportunities, so solving by elimination was a reasonable means of solution. I found out that my daughter lived to water Grandma’s plants and make her do a funky dance every now and then.

I especially liked the color quiz. These seemed to be random; my daughter and I were asked to tap all flowers of a particular color. Another favorite of ours was the memory matching, which was a colorful remake of memory card games.

The tasks seemed age-appropriate, but I did wish there were more, and that there were a few less predictable combinations. I also thought a little bit more educational animations would have been great.

As a fun learning tool, Grandma’s Garden surely hit the spot, if my daughter’s reaction to it is any indication. We have problems with her now trying to physically give Grandma a kiss, but there are worse things to stress out about.

All in all, I found it to be a good game with plenty of upside.

Toot Toot ABC Review

Toot Toot ABC Review

Feb 9, 2012

Toot Toot ABC is a cute game by Australian based company Game Labs that introduces preschoolers (ages 1-4) to their ABCs and 123s. Children play one of three darling trains who live in an colorful, interactive World. Kids encounter various animals while learning their alphabet and numbers. With three adventures to choose from there is always something for the little ones to explore.

Kids can pick from the ABC adventure, 123 adventure or take a break and race against other trains. During the ABC adventure, kids match animals with their corresponding letter. In the 123 adventure, kids count animals by dragging them in the train cars. What makes Toot Toot ABC extra unique is the use of exotic – or at least Australian – animals; I have officially learned of the numbat’s existence.

One of my favorite aspects of Toot Toot ABC (besides its Australian animal theme) is the brightly colored, interactive World the trains live in. See the red apples on the tree? Click one to have a little snack. Want to show your train some love? Tap his bell and he makes noise. Need a break? Take some time to pop balloons floating around the screen. Children like to explore their surroundings as a way of learning and Toot Toot ABC takes that into considerations when designing their educational World.

Toot Toot ABC also helps children develop fine motor skills. For example, in the 123 adventure, the child needs to be able to click an animal, hold the screen, and drag the animal to the train car for it to be counted. The controls for Toot Toot ABC are responsive and accurate enough for young children to control but not so responsive there is no challenge.

As a new mother I am looking for fun, new age, technological tools to help my daughter learn as she grows and reaches new cognitive and physical developmental milestones. She may not be ready for Toot Toot ABC yet, but it is definitely a game I will keep in mind when the time comes. This cute, colorful, educational game is too darling to pass up for $2.07. I really hope Game Labs continues to develop other educational games for various developmental levels.