I just want to come out and say straight off: Number Run is actually fun. A math game for iOS that actually meets the promise of an educational game that’s also seriously entertaining?
This is it.
The formula is simple: Your character runs along a path. Obstacles and gaps appear on the trail. But here, in order to overcome obstacles, you have to solve math problems. (Any child who has played Temple Run will grasp the concept immediately.) You only get a few seconds until your running character falls into a pit or gets consumed by a monster, so it’s all about thinking FAST!
The game starts off super easy, but as it progresses, the math problems get harder and harder. In the menu, you can choose different “worlds,” which in this case means addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.
If you want to mix it up and have all four operations thrown at you at once, you can head to the “training” section. There you select which numbers you want to work with and what type of problems you want to appear. This offers a greater challenge right away, as some of the early stages in each “world” are pretty easy.
In fact, that’s my only complaint with the game: You can’t regulate difficulty, or speed up the difficulty, if you want more of a challenge while going through each level.
But that’s a small complaint for an otherwise excellent game.
Another plus is that Number Run features the smoothest, hip-hop-like music I’ve ever heard on an iPad game. There are no lyrics, but the beat definitely had me in math mode.
Number Run is priced at $1.99 on the App Store, and it’s worth it.
Even adults will have fun with this game if they can get past the early stages. Kids will definitely sharpen their math skills in a game that’s actually engaging and fun. It definitely won’t feel like math homework.