Developer: Freecloud Design
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Improving at mental arithmetic is a classic example of practice makes perfect. The best way to improve really is down to regularly testing one’s ability, but it’s not always fun to do so – particularly not when you’re a child. Tower Math is a game that will benefit young and old when it comes to boosting the speed at which they can solve simple mathematical problems. It’s likely to be more of a success for the younger market, but that doesn’t stop it from being a title worth checking out for anyone keen to improve.

towermath3Tower Math combines tower defense mentalities with solving sums fast. Rather than relying upon a special currency, new towers can be placed by solving sums quickly. Three strength levels exist for each tower with the level 3 tower requiring one to solve a more complicated calculation than the level 1 tower. When dealing with addition or subtraction, this is far from particularly challenging for most, but multiplication and division can take slightly longer.

Given the impending invasion of rival numbers working their way across the screen, time is of the essence, although also quite forgiving. While many tower defense games offer a plethora of different units, Tower Math only offers up three towers with a mixture of weightings between being slower but stronger or fast but weak. The focus is very much on the educational side of things, rather than offering a hugely varied game.

towermath6That doesn’t mean that Tower Math is a poor game, though – far from it. While it doesn’t offer a story or structure in a similar vein to other games in the genre, it’s certainly beneficial when it comes to improving one’s mental arithmetic. For kids, that’s a particular boon and one that makes the $0.99 asking price quite the bargain. Learning really is better when it’s fun.

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