"Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun is an outstanding way to encourage students to practice word problems."
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A free version of the app allows you to practice the game play for a limited set of problems:
Math Galaxy Word Problems Fun provides, in a game setting that's like a cross between monopoly and maze searches, a range of problems covering the core of elementary and middle school math: whole numbers, fractions, decimals, multi-step problems, ratios & proportions, percents, negative numbers, time, length, area, volume, weight, angles, and graphs & tables, along with other higher-order skills woven throughout the exercises.
You and your fellow archaeologists have landed on Prospero's Island in the Mediterranean looking for lost treasure in underground caves and labyrinths.
You each start with $25,000.
If you collect all the treasures in a cave you get to own it, and can then charge any other player who lands on it a fee of $1000 for each cave that you own (for example, if you own 3 caves, they pay your $3,000).
To enter a cave you must provide a secret code to open the cave door, which is the answer to a math problem.
An onscreen calculator is provided, since the purpose is to understand the structure of word problems and not get mired in calculations.
Because of the danger you are using ground-penetrating radar to guide a remote-controlled robot to dig through the caves.
You must get to the treasures and out of the caves before the robot is destroyed by one of the many dangers: falling boulders, ice caverns, underground rivers and tubes left by some ancient civilization.
Up to four players can play and the game continues as long as you want - you can set your own criteria for winning, e.g., when a player reaches a certain score - and you can save games.
Regarding the complexity of the game, it’s basically like Monopoly.
You earn spots on the game board (an island) by solving a maze at each spot and then players who land on your spots pay you.
No explicit instructions on how to get to the treasures in a maze and get out are given - figuring out the mazes is part of the challenge.
Added background music (2 versions).
Initial setting is off.
To change background music, toggle music icon off, then on again.
Ratings and Reviews
Words problems good, game not so much, lots of issues
The word problems are good for my fourth grader to solve but the game is terrible! The laser doesn't ever work and we haven't passed a cave yet. Sometimes the board starts you in the water with no where to go. Other times, we get to the sparkling door and it seems like we should have passed it but it does nothing eventually we just have to die. Terrible game. Please update and make better so word solving can be more fun!
Very little math to play games in the caves that are frustrating because there are no directions and the robot is difficult to control. I wanted to use it in my classroom since four can play at a time but there is not enough math and students would get bored waiting for others to finish there turn. It might be okay for one player.
High-quality game of word problems suitable for grades 1-8. The gameplay is complex. The app is quite engaging and entertaining. I can see great results after my son was practicing this app
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.