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Parents need to know that MathTango makes addition and subtraction practice for first- through third-grade kids into a game. Kids complete math puzzle games and missions to build their island filled with cute monsters. There are more than 200 math puzzle games that cover basic skills, such as adding single digit numbers, adding doubles, 10s, and more. The games are short and simple (but challenging) and the monsters are cute. As kids progress through the game, the math problems become more difficult. Higher levels of the game (and the freeplay mode) require an in-app purchase. Read the app’s privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.


To play MathTango, first listen to the intro from your “long lost Uncle Fibonacci,” and then tap the gem to get your monster. To get more gems after the first, you have to complete math-based puzzles. Continue to follow the audio- and visual-based instructions to complete the puzzles, which require some basic addition and subtraction skills. As players complete more puzzles, they earn “doubloon” and “health” bonuses. Then your monster can buy things to enhance the island. Tap on items to purchase them, and tap and hold monsters to move them. Watch the cute monster jump on the trampoline and do other activities. Mission accomplished! Move onto your next mission with another monster.


This math game is the ideal combination of straightforward addition and subtraction practice with straight-up cuteness and fun. Kids can often become bored with rote addition and subtraction practice, but MathTango turns repetitive practice into a challenge as kids work to get more monsters, decorate an island, and level up. As kids move into higher levels, the challenges become more difficult (kids can get in-app hints and tips, if needed). On the downside, some levels can take quite a long time to complete, so some kids may get frustrated or bored. And the limited mechanics of moving the blocks might also frustrate some kids; it would be great to have more freedom of placement. Also, if your kid loves MathTango and wants to progress through all levels, be prepared to make the in-app purchase of the complete version or they’ll have to end the fun before the game is done.


Recommended for ages 6 and older

Quality: 4 out of 5

Educational value: 3 out of 5

Ease of play: 4 out of 5

Violence and scariness: 0 out of 5

Sexy stuff: 0 out of 5

Language: 0 out of 5

Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 0 out of 5

Consumerism: 2 out of 5 (Are products/advertisements embedded? Is the title part of a broader marketing initiative/empire? Is the intent to sell things to kids?)


Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Price: Free to try (beginner pack $6.99, upgrade: $8.99, complete pack: $11.99)

Release date: January 26, 2018

Category: Educational games

Size: 444.90 MB

Publisher: Originator Inc.

Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later


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