What It Is
Fingerprint Digital, a mobile entertainment network for kids, teamed up with app developer TigerFace Games to deliver collaborative learning apps that allow kids in groups of two to four players team up or go head-to-head to hone their math, science, and language skills using a single tablet. Cosmic Reactor is one of these new apps with a focus on math. In this head-to-head game, two players compete in six mini math games and one final challenge to become the Cosmic Reactor champion.
First, players choose their character: Cool Yeti, Jet Jac, Red Ranger, Silver Sparkle, Dark Lord, or Steve Blurb. Then players can customize their levels of difficulty by choosing to work with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or some combination of those four. Kids can also choose whether to play with numbers 1–10, 1–20, or 1–50. There are six games to play, and each time you play the games appear in a random order. Games include number sequencing, a matching and memory game, being the first to find equations that result in a given number, and being the first to hit a button when the correct answer to the given equation appears. Then there is the final challenge where players have a certain amount of time to drag asteroids to their side in order to gain points. But in the rush, don't accidentally drag a bad guy to your side or you'll lose points. The player with the most points at the end of all seven levels wins.
Why It’s Fun
This is a fun and fast-paced game that is great for challenging kids to think fast to solve math problems. We like that kids can customize the game to make it easier or harder, depending on their skill level. It's an app that will grow with kids as they progress in their math education. And even though the app is designed to be played by two people or four kids on two teams, you can play the game solo by just ignoring the second player spot, allowing kids to practice on their own.
Who It’s For
Cosmic Reactor is for ages 5–11.
What To Be Aware Of
This app requires iOS 5.1 or later. It is compatible with the iPad.
The app does include ads for other Fingerprint Digital apps. If you click on one, a grown-up is then asked to enter a code in order to download. The code is provided, however, so kids could enter it themselves and be taken to the Apple App store where they could easily click to download. And if they know their parents' Apple password, they could just as easily finalize the purchase.
Parents also have the option to sign up for a free Fingerprint account so that they can see their children's progress and invite other family members to play the same game on different devices. You can register for this the first time you open the app or at any later time.