The fear of losing simple arithmetic capabilities over time is something that I’ve experienced. Many of us begin to lose the ability to quickly and correctly process relatively simple math problems after we graduate from school and get into the groove of regular jobs, some of which don’t actually require much math — or if they do, there’s always a calculator at the ready.
Quick Math+ is a game, yes, but it also tries to sharpen those skills to a fine point with time tracking functionality and various modes that focus on memory retention as well as the ability to process multiplication, division, subtraction, and addition problems.
Quick Math+ is suitable for most ages, as the problems rely on knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, as well as the occasional exponent and order of operations in the more difficult levels.
Using Quick Math+
There are four game modes, and each game mode has four difficulty levels. Solve is, conceptually, the easiest: you are presented with a problem, and you solve it.
Entering the correct answer is done by writing anywhere on the screen. There is no multiple choice option here; if the question is “3 x 3” you are required to write “9” with your finger. As such, a stylus can be very helpful for accurately writing answers. Personally, I found that the app could easily be confused by “4” and “9,” at least for how I write the two numbers. A stylus eliminated this issue.
If you don’t have a stylus handy, you can quickly erase an incorrect — or incorrectly interpreted — answer by swiping down with two fingers. Keep that in mind — in order to meet the required time slots, you have to be able to quickly erase incorrect answers, instead of just waiting for them to disappear after a set period.
Quick Math+ is easy to navigate. The interface is simple, as it was likely designed to be accessible for young children as well as adults. It is also fast — everything loads quickly. Due to the nature of the game, it works well for a quick taxi ride. You open it, select your game mode and difficulty, and then try to complete the problems as quickly as possible.
After finishing a round, the app analyzes your performance based on how long you took. You can compare your results, and Quick Math+ awards stars based on how quickly you completed the game.
Game Modes for Everyone
Memorize is the second game mode in Quick Math+. In it, you are required to memorize a number before it is covered. After it is covered, it doesn’t change. However, the second (or third, or fourth, depending on your difficulty settings) do change, along with the operation, thus changing the answer. This mode, along with swap, requires you to think a little bit more than a simple math problem would.
Compare is relatively easy. In it, you are given numbers on both sides of an empty box. In the empty box, you are to decide whether or not one side of the equation is greater than, less than, or equal to the other, and then draw the corresponding sign: , =. This game mode is fast-paced, as it Quick Math+ reliably and accurately picks up the symbols without any issue.
Swap, as mentioned above, is another one of the more mentally-challenging modes. In it, numbers are added or swapped out from a root problem. This requires you to keep multiple answers in mind, and then to also change those answers based on the most recent numbers. Swap isn’t as bad when on beginner or intermediate, but it takes some focus to complete the advanced or extreme settings in a reasonable amount of time.
Difficulty Options Make a Difference
For all of the game modes, the difficulty setting does make a difference. For that reason alone, Quick Math+ is able to scale from children who are learning basic arithmetic to adults who understand math, but maybe want to brush up and become faster.
Quick Math+ does allow you track your progress and time. These features are relatively basic, but they do work well enough that I’m interested by them. Most importantly, they give you something to strive to beat. Additionally, the star system gives you goals to reach, particularly if beating your previous record isn’t that inspiring.
This information is by tapping the small head icon at the bottom of the screen. You can also select an avatar and name it — this enables the multi-user aspect of Quick Math+. Tap over to “Statistics” to browse through the bar graphs. These graphs are separated by both game mode and difficulty level, so you’ll have to spend some time playing through the various settings in order to accumulate more information, and thus make the statistics more useful.
A game is a game, and it is supposed to be fun. Quick Math+ is challenging, and so therefore it may not be fun to everyone. I enjoy it — it feels more engaging than many apps, and the idea behind it is something I highly approve of.
Whether you’re looking for an educational game for your child, or if you’re looking for something to make that daily ride on the subway less tedious, but also challenging, Quick Math+ is great way to get better at mental math, all while having some fun.