Common Sense Review
Updated March 2013

Times Tables Warp: The Multiplication Facts Game

Kids fly through space adventure, might miss math learning potential
Common Sense Rating 2
Teacher Rating
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  • After choosing a character, kids fly it into the factor they wish to practice and then test.
  • The review session comes first: Kids tap on space objects to obliterate them so they can see facts.
  • Text session follows: Kids read expression ahead, then navigate toward correct product.
  • Kids must carefully maneuver their character to fly through the correct product (this one must tilt the device slightly left to fly through the 28).
Pros
Exciting action and cool gameplay make great use of tilting and moving the device.
Cons
It's easy to breeze by opportunities for learning, since feedback can be unclear and expression can be hard to read.
Bottom Line
An exciting game, but look elsewhere for a more flexible, detailed way to boost multiplcation facts.
Patricia Monticello Kievlan
Common Sense Reviewer
Foundation/Non-Profit Member
Common Sense Rating 2
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The cool theme and engaging gameplay will draw kids in, but the game's design makes it hard to read the math problems.

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

A pretty simplistic approach to multiplication review. With hard-to-read feedback and limited options for interaction, learning doesn't feel especially baked-in.

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

A settings page and some narrative tutorials are good, but there's no way for students (or their teachers) to track progress other than the percentage of correctly answered questions at the end of a session.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Without multiple user profiles, progress tracking, or a teacher dashboard, this app would work best as a stand-alone skills reinforcement or a simple test-review resource. Make this app a free activity choice in your classroom for students who have some time to drill math facts. Ask your students to design their own multiplication games: How would their space-bound adventure work? How would it get harder as students progressed?

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What's It Like?

Times Tables Warp is an arcade-style multiplication-review and -test app with manga-style graphics and snappy audio. Kids fly one of three characters on "spaceboards" (like snowboards) into the correct products along a flat-plane course (it looks like something out of Tron) where they have to quickly decide where to navigate by discerning expressions and products ahead. To be successful in this fast-paced environment, kids will have to master controls very similarly as they would for two-handed game consoles. Kids can develop fluency in whole-number multiplication from zeroes to twelves. Feedback comes gently with down electronic tones for wrong answers and ethereal waves but difficult-to-see praise and confirmations for correct ones.

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Is It Good For Learning?

While Times Tables Warp may engage kids who like console and arcade games, the learning potential could be brought into focus a bit better. Specifically, it's really hard to gauge your progress in the moment and overall: Contrast is poor for expressions (baby blue on white) and only slightly better for products (orange on white), so it's hard to choose correct answers wisely since the options can be so hard to see. Plus, feedback for right and wrong answers isn't detailed or long enough to let players reflect on their choices and correct accordingly, and gameplay doesn't really adjust based on your performance. Overall, this might be a fun way for enthusiastic gamers to hone their math facts, but look elsewhere for a deeper, more methodical way to drill those skills.

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