We were fortunate enough to attend the 13th Annual Games for Change Festival in New York last week. Here are some of the highlights.
We're really pleased that Jump! has been named a Children's Technology Review editor's choice this month.
Read about the making our new app, Jump!
Graphite Selects Mystery Word Town as a Top Learning Game of 2015
Mystery Word Town Featured in Tech With Kids Best Kids Apps of 2015
It’s our annual Holiday Card (game)
We're thrilled to see Marble Math and Marble Math Jr., along with Mystery Math Town make the list!
A big thanks to Teachers With Apps for taking the time to review Mystery Word Town.
We made Sparky's Brain Busters for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
It was a dark & stormy night...the story of our Mystery Math Town
Mystery Word Town wins Best Pick App Award - 5 stars from Tech with Kids
We're very excited to receive our first Gold Award from Parents' Choice for Mystery Word Town.
Many thanks to BridgingApps for including Mystery Math Town and Marble Math Multiplication in their list of favorite math apps.
Mystery Word Town got a nice write up in USA Today.
Download the Alien Buddies Coloring Book (at the bottom of the page).
Mystery Word Town awarded Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice!
Read the full Mystery Word Town announcement here. Available for iOS and Android.
Hello Android users! It's taken a while, but we're pleased to finally share our award-winning family of Marble Math apps with you.
Introducing the first app of 2015... Door 24 Plus is a new math app we developed with our friends at Curriculum Associates - and it just went live!
Drive About made the Best Apps for Kids 10 Most Popular Reviewed Kids Apps for 2014!
A big thanks to Tech with Kids for including Drive About in their list of Best Math Apps.
Drive About: Number Neighborhood just won a Tech with Kids Best Pick award!
We were positively thrilled to receive the news that Drive About scored 96/100 and received the coveted Editor's Choice stamp of approval from the esteemed Children's Technology Review (October issue). Read more on our blog.
Mystery Math Museum got a nice mention in The Washington Post recently. Check out their list of educational apps for kids taking an indoor AC break.
We're proud to announce that Drive About: Number Neighborhood has been awarded a Parents' Choice Silver Honor.
World's Worst Pet has been included in the Teachers With Apps Certification Program, which "was designed to acknowledge and commend outstanding Apps and App Developers in the education app industry".
"A math game you won’t want to share with your children!"
"This is a great way for your children to practice and hone their math skills. It is challenging per your child’s skill level and provides an energetic and light-hearted learning environment. You cannot help but love hearing the sounds of the Snortles and will do your best to save them all."
"The adaptive game engine allows players to be challenged according to their skill level, and extends the app’s replay value. Grown-ups can also enjoy the game. In fact, I dare you to try and get three stars on all levels. You’ll see that it’s not that easy!"
"Addicting – in a good educational way.”
- Jackie Bryla of a.c.t - Apps, Consulting & Training
"What's nice about the game is the difficulty level adjusted to my kiddo's learning skills as he progressed, recognizing that he quickly moved through the easier levels. This meant he was never bored and the game continued to present increasingly challenging problems to keep him playing and learning."
"It is not merely drilling math facts, integration is ensured through play and lateral thinking. You see it’s all about saving the Snortles, and the play automaticity brings in learning."
"Jump! makes drilling math sequences fun. The app allows for an unlimited number of players, making it easy to use in a classroom. - See more at: http://www.techwithkids.com/Review_SR01307S_jump-a-game-of-numbers#sthash.itDnQ950.dpuf"
"For any child starting out with sequences and times-tables, this is great fun – and it will adapt to your child’s level as they play, stretching their skills when necessary."
"This game is fun, fun, fun! It had me on the edge of my seat counting by 2s, 3, 4, 5, with several in-between – on up to 12."
"The game is fun and, well, addictive as you play, trying do your best to be the hero of the story."
"Adaptive and fun, this math game helps kids practice skip counting and basic addition as they lead Snortles to safety."
"A fun and addicting math game that encourages kids to practice their math skills in a fun and interactive way."
"Kids are so excited about saving the Snortles that they don't realize they're building core addition and multiplication skills along the way."
"One of the best math apps for kids (or best maths apps for kids if you're British like us!) we've used in 2016."
"Artgig Apps have always produced the highest quality apps that engage through cleverly designed gameplay, and Mystery Word Town does not disappoint. It’s a mix of western style fun and silliness, but also has serious educational chops."
"With its blend of clever gameplay and witty narrative, kids are sure to have a blast wrangling any outlaws and spelling challenges that come their way. If your kids loved any of the previous Mystery Town apps, they are sure to love Mystery Word Town."
"It is one of those great games where the kids are enjoying so much that they forget the words and spelling and they play level after level"
"I have a 7 y.o. handy who has had a great time putting the app through its paces. He liked it so much, I had difficulty extracting him from the game long enough to give me an opinion."
"Mystery Word Town doesn’t disappoint. It’s a fun game that teaches children how to recognize a lot of everyday words."
“Not only does Mystery Word Town help your child with their spelling, it will build their critical thinking skills by having to choose which letters to use, when to use them, which direction to go and which letters to pick up as they go further into the game.”
"If it taught nothing and were merely a Western-Style treasure hunt, it would be worth the price of admission. But when you add the learning features and the degree of customization, you have a first class edutainment product that holds appeal to kids across a large age span."
"We are still playing Mystery Word Town, which is an indication (at least in my house!) that it’s a solid, well-executed app that engages and challenges young learners."
"My little girl played this game and could not put it down. She loved exploring the buildings and meeting all the crazy characters in town."
"Drive About: Number Neighborhood takes kids on a fun learning journey. Interactive games and super-cute graphics engage, and kids can develop important math skills through gameplay."
"This app with its quirky scenes, coupled with some of the most darling characters, is so well done. Drive about: Number Neighborhood is bound to be added to the list of favorite apps by teachers, parents and children."
"We really found this little digital world and it's games a delight to play in."
"A playful and smart way to make math fun!"
"Drive About: Number Neighborhood is a brilliant concept to engage preschoolers through kindergarteners in plenty of exploratory learning, incorporating math readiness skills, in a super friendly format!"
"A unique and much loved interface, and crammed full of math mini-games for all ages."
"Each environment is filled with delightful activities focusing on building a strong foundation in math awareness. The kids we worked with were mesmerized; all of them played Drive About: Number Neighborhood for extended lengths of time."
"Drive About: Number Neighborhood by artgigapps is a spectacular math excursion that is sure to develop strong foundational math skills for preschoolers and kinders, as well as for special needs students that may struggle with these concepts."
"Not only will your child develop number sense skills but also problem solving and critical thinking! The concept for students to get from game to game is absolute genius and the sound effects are hilarious!"
"Drive About: Number Neighborhood has earned itself a place as one of my princess’ current iPad faves. With the colorful characters and fun situations, she hardly even realizes she is learning."
"Artgig Apps wins the checkered flag for their new app, Drive About Number Neighborhood."
"Drive About Number Neighborhood is an app that will remain on our devices until all my children outgrow it."
"The developer, artgigapps, has created another outstanding educational and fun app. This is one not to be missed! Spectacular learning and user engagement, excellent graphics, clear and crisp audio make this one a top pick."
"This app will enchant young children while teaching them at the same time."
"Drive Around: Number Neighborhood is a fresh approach to learning about numbers. The colorful mini games effectively entertain kids while while reinforcing math skills."
"From submarines and hot air balloons to pogo-sticking cows and snowboarding yaks, Drive About: Number Neighborhood places young learners in a vivid world that provides lots of choices and interaction for practicing early math skills."
"The perfect "back to school" app for any preschooler headed for Kindergarten."
"Half the fun is just driving, flying, and sailing around town to find mini-games to play."
"Marble Math Multiplication is perfect for the home or classroom. It offers all the great gameplay of Marble Math and Marble Math Junior and the flexibility to customize times tables for specific practice."
"Marble Math, Marble Math Jr., and Marble Math Lite: Multiplication are three outstanding apps and top picks as educational apps."
"This is a super-fun way for a child to practise their math facts."
"If you are looking for a fun multiplication app for your kids, be sure to check out Marble Math Lite: Multiplication!"
Every once in a while an app comes along that makes me think to myself, "I wish I had thought of that." That is exactly what I thought when I used Shake-a-Phrase for the first time.
- iApps For Teachers
Shake-a-Phrase is as silly and one of a kind as its sentences and a clever way to keep children learning.
Fun Educational Apps calls Shake-a-Phrase a must have app!
App Advice says this handy little app is perfect for writers, party games and quizzing kids!
Shake-A-Phrase is too fun! I couldn’t stop pressing the next button to see what silly sentence was in store for me next!
Shake-a-Phrase makes language learning fun.
"The Alien Buddies App is an adorable iOS game platform for young children to learn about colors, shapes, letters and numbers."
"For an out of this world experience, you should try Alien Buddies. I bet your kids will have fun playing and have no idea they are learning."
- Alison, The iMum
"Alien Buddies is a solid educational app that reinforces several of the common core math academic standards for Kindergarten in the areas of counting and cardinality and geometry."
- Melanie, Intervention Specialist
"There are many flexible options and levels built into Alien Buddies that make it a great app choice for a wide range of abilities."
- Jennifer, Apps For Homeschooling
"We love the detail that went into the animation of these little aliens... This brought more than a few chuckles from the little ones we worked with."
"This app has great graphics that compel young learners to explore."
"Perfect for building learning, extending learning, and reinforcing learning, Alien Buddies offers up a virtual world of learning for little ones."
- Hillary, AppTudes
"Since playing the game my son has gotten a lot better with tracing straight lines with his fingers. He’s also getting a lot better at color matching. What he’s not so great at is giving me my iPhone back. Hmmmmm…"
- Emily, Colorado Moms
"If you have children who are learning, or need to work on, their shapes, colors, numbers and letters, this app is a must-have."
"Good music, high educational value and an exceptional interface make this an excellent application."
"My students and I were very impressed with this app and they requested it all week!!"
"Alien Buddies is quickly becoming one of my favorite apps for early learners. The games are fun, colorful, engaging, and smart."
"Alien Buddies is an app that stands out from the crowd and will make learning fun for your kids."
"My son absolutely loves it. He plays with it every day and he finds it on the iPad himself. He goes straight for it."
- Glendalee, Mom and Beta Tester
"While it has very sophisticated sections, my son has loved it for its fun value and pictures since he was 18 months old."
"Marble Math Junior is one of the most fun, customizable, and effective math games available for early elementary school-age kids."
"Marble Math Junior is the app you need to get your child excited about math. The gameplay is really fun. Use the app for a brain break during homework time or for passing around the family."
"My children have been so enthralled with the rolling marbles and silly obstacles, I’m not sure they knew they were doing math."
"Marble Math Junior is an exceptionally fun way to practice math."
"So absorbing that kids easily forget they're practicing math skills like shape recognition, addition, and subtraction."
"Truly fun and engaging and perfect for parents or teachers who are looking for apps for children who need to work on elementary math skills."
"It really is a terrific app because it targets so many different skills in a way that's both accessible and fun and its replay value is fantastic."
"This app would be a great addition to your app collections to support your child or student’s math skills."
"Marble Math Junior is a very fun and effective way to practice math skills."
"One of the most engaging, educational math apps we have played to date."
"Marble Math is an extremely well developed and thoughtful app for elementary-aged children."
- Homeschooling Autism
"Marble Math is an excellent example of how to merge quality game design with significant educational value."
"Great for kids with special needs, who require a tremendous amount of positive reinforcement and sensory stimulation to keep their active and advanced minds engaged."
- Homeschooling Autism
"Marble Math combines math, mazes, and many hours of engaging activities. It would be a great addition to your app collection."
"It's a cool game idea and executed well, with a lot of different kinds of mental math included."
"The Famigo Family absolutely loves Marble Math."
"Marble Math is incorporating just what the Common Core Curriculum is asking for and doing a superb job of it!"
"This would be a great app to practice math skills on a road trip, summer vacation, family competitions and more."
"...a brilliant way to reinforce core math concepts"
"This app is great for children who are learning math concepts and want to reinforce them in a game play method that is educational."
"Marble Math and Marble Math Junior are tackling math for elementary schoolers and they’re doing it very well!"
"This really is meaningful play, but it wouldn’t be worth much if it wasn’t a lot of fun (which it is)."
"This game convinced his mother to buy him an ipad!"
"It requires both game skill to be able to roll the marble and math skill to understand and come up with the solution of where to roll it."
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"Artgig Studio‘s Marble Math apps for iOS are so good they score two spots on my list: one for Marble Math and one for Marble Math Junior."
"Fantastic app for reinforcing core math concepts with fine motor and visual tracking benefits thrown in."
"It really is a terrific app, and definitely worthy of top pick status because it targets so many different skills in a way that's both accessible and fun and its replay value is fantastic."
"Marble Math provides an excellent combination of problem solving and thinking skills development."
"Lots of customization options and new, unique marble rewards make this game effective, sticky, and tons of fun."
"Addicting, yet educational, Marble Math is an entertaining app for 9 to 12 year-olds to practice their math skills."
"Artgig Apps have done it again, 'maths made fun' - but this time it's an adventure."
"The choose-your-own-adventure style play makes this a favorite with my students, and I can think of no better way to recommend this one!"
"Mystery Math Town uses a unique approach of solving math problems, that brilliantly reinforces mathematical critical thinking skills, while providing an engaging mystery game for kids to enjoy. Well done!"
"Be afraid, very afraid of how much joy your child will experience while learning basic math skills with this friendly, ghost led adventure Mystery Math Town."
- Kids Best iPad Apps
"It's part math drills, part seek and find game and totally engaging. Kids ages five and up should find this both fun and challenging. Parents should rejoice that finally there is a way to get kids to want to do more math."
"Mystery Math Town, by Artgig Studio, is a great new app that draws kids into the mystery of math. It calls for real thinking and problem solving ability, which often takes a backseat to learning basic math skills."
"This game was so fun, my 9-year-old son chose to play Mystery Math Museum over some of his other favorite game apps (including Minecraft!) on a day when he didn’t have to choose something educational."
"Mystery Math Museum may be here just in time for Halloween, but we think you are going to be playing this epic math app all year long!"
"The developers have included nearly everything I find essential in a high-quality app."
"Mystery Math Museum is a top notch app for developing mathematical skills that children will absolutely enjoy. I highly recommend it!"
""Mystery Math Museum is definitely more than just your typical math app." "
"If you have children who are just learning math or need to brush up on their math skills, I highly suggest Mystery Math Museum. I know my kids really enjoyed it and I’m thinking yours will too."
"The gameplay is simple to understand, a lot of fun, and gives children many opportunities to sharpen their math skills."
"This is an excellent follow up to one of my favorite iOS Math apps for Game Based Learning."
"This app is just quirky enough to get your attention and just delightful enough to keep it! Like any other institution with engaging exhibits, I will have to drag my kids out of Mystery Math Museum! It is well worth the price of admission!"
"What I particularly like is how Mystery Math Museum really supports your child in practicing their Math in the specific areas that they need support with and having lots of fun, while expanding their knowledge in other areas of learning."
"There is a lot of content in Mystery Math Museum, and it is very entertaining for kids! I highly recommend this app."
"The graphics and animation in Mystery Math Museum pop off the screen, and kids love choosing their own avatar and searching through the buildings with the friendly ghost."
"Mystery Math Museum is an incredibly entertaining and challenging educational app that will have kids begging to practice their math skills using this app."
"When it comes to quality Mystery Math Museum has really gone above and beyond the call of duty."
"Mystery Math Museum poses challenging math exercises in a fun, engaging way."
"One of the best features is that parents can customize the math covered in the game to select which operations and ranges of numbers will be covered."