Common Sense Review
Updated June 2012

Math Bingo

Cute bug bingo draws kids in but offers little depth
Common Sense Rating 2
  • Main menu showing some bingo bugs and play, scoreboard, and How to Play buttons.
  • Kids choose a username and silly avatar, then difficulty level.
  • Bingo board with triple-digit products, incorrect answer response.
  • Five in a horizontal row makes bingo in 133 seconds, with 3 incorrect answers (score 139).
  • Bug slingshot game.
Pros
Kids will go gaga for the quirky design and get to make lots of choices in fun, organized levels.
Cons
The endless bonus challenge "Bug Bungee" could entice kids away from math games.
Bottom Line
While lacking constructive feedback, it's still a useful tool for practicing math operations.
Leslie Crenna
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, colors are bold and bright, and the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 2

Semi-delayed rewards and integrated device-level scoreboard breaks down high scores for each operator and level.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

How to Play covers everything a kid needs to know. Navigation is quick and clear (however, exiting a game feels like exiting the app, although you won't).

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What's It Like?

Math Bingo wraps addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice into a bundle of germy bug fun. Kids choose a username and silly avatar, then individual operators or all four at once, and then easy, medium, or hard difficulty level. Kids try to earn the fastest times among five local users displayed on a device-level scoreboard. High scores are rewarded with bingo bugs that can be slingshotted at a matrix of gold coins in a separate game with separate score. The easiest level features single digits; the hardest includes three-digit sums and products. All operations are single-step.

Kids solve simple expressions by tapping the correct answer on a 5x5 bingo card. As with any bingo game, the goal is to get five in a row –- horizontal, vertical, or diagonal.

Incorrect answers trigger a quiz show-like buzzer with the correct answer displayed at the bottom, eliminating the opportunity to try again. Incorrect answers are multiplied by two and added to the time score (so lower is better).

Be warned: You can't turn off the annoying music.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The "bugs" are disgustingly adorable, and colors are bold and bright, but the slingshot game is a bit of a distraction and only mildly fun. Choices empower kids so they’re less likely to get frustrated. Math Bingo doesn't offer any constructive feedback or instruction, so it won't help kids deepen their understanding of math concepts, but it's a useful tool for practicing math operations.

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