GOZOA – The Key Quest – Review



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What we love…

Great variety of Math questions (4 math operations and time) and different levels of difficulty suitable for all elementary grades and challenging gameplay.

What we’d love to see…

More exciting rewards.

Summary

A polished platform game with just the right amount of Math distractions.

Our Rating

I have been spending the last few days exercising both my fingers and mind with Gozoa’s latest educational game app, The Key Quest and I think your kids in elementary school will love it!

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The Key Quest is actually two solid game apps in one slick package (another game will be added in May). Each consists of a platform game with lots of challenges thrown in to keep the player on his toes, with Math questions being the ultimate test.

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The story behind the Key Quest is that the Villain had captured Gozoa’s friends and Gozoa is determined to track him down and retrieve the keys that will free the friends. The first place he has to conquer is the Snowflake Isles and only when he has obtained a key here will the Golden Canyon be unlocked. It will not be an easy quest for sure. There are different Magical Obstacles to overcome, many enemies to avoid or destroy and Mathematical Assignments to complete.

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The Math Assignments on Snowflake Isles will have players perform addition and subtraction with numbers from 0-100 as well as multiplication and division with numbers 1-9. On the other hand, Golden Canyon requires the player to read time on analog and digital clocks. There are 6 different levels of difficulty (which the player can choose freely) to cater to students in all elementary grade levels. The questions within each level of difficulty are varied, randomized and plentiful.

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The games themselves are exciting and will sure to give your kids many hours of play. The Quest starts off easy in the Snowflake Isles but it gets the player warmed up for the real challenge in Golden Canyon. There are lots of action in the underground maze and you will need to use the overview map to help you see where you are now, where you are heading and how to reach there. Players can also seek guidance from Fluffy the Helper or they may want to read the game information before starting.

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The controls for making Gozoa move left/right and jump are smooth but it took me a few rounds of play to be really good at making Gozoa move faster and jump more accurately. Kids are definitely better in such physics-based platform games! My #3 completed each round effortlessly and even showed me a trick or two!

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Given how well done the games were, the rewards given in this app pale in comparison. Diamonds exchanged and earned at the end of the game are only good for buying furniture, decorative items and toys for Gozoa’s House. These may still be acceptable for lower elementary grades but older kids would expect something more exciting.

 

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With customizable levels of difficulty, this app will grow with a child’s mathematical abilities and kids of different abilities (up to 3 profiles) can share the same app. Additional features available are the options to switch to Dutch language, change the color scheme of the app as well as separate controls for music and sound effects.

Given a choice, kids will much prefer to play a mobile game then to do Math drills. The Key Quest is challenging and exciting with just the right amount of math distractions. Your elementary kids will enjoy playing The Key Quest (and practising Math) for hours.

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GOZOA – The Key Quest – Gozoa

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Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 299.54 MB

$1.99USD

 

 

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


News: Splash Math for iPad Provides Personalized Math Practice for Grades 1-5



StudyPad Inc. today introduces Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5, their new educational title for iPad. Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 provides personalized learning for children grades 1-5, so each child can learn at his/her pace. Children love Splash Math because it makes learning fun through games and rewards. Parents love Splash Math because it is aligned to the Common Core curriculum and provides insightful reports. Over 4 million children are using Splash Math for iOS to improve their math skills.

Redwood City, California – StudyPad Inc, award-winning creator of over a dozen educational mobile apps for children, today launches Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 for iPad, that allows children to learn math on their iPad and desktop. Currently, the company has over 4 million children and 25,000 teachers using Splash Math on the various grade level specific iPad apps. This latest release gives children and teachers access to grades levels 1 through 5 in one iPad app that syncs with its website.

Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 provides personalized learning for children grades 1-5, so each child can learn at his/her pace. Children love Splash Math because it makes learning fun through games and rewards. Parents love Splash Math because it is aligned to the Common Core curriculum and provides insightful reports on their child’s daily progress.

“Our vision is to provide universal access to our materials, so children can learn the desktop or mobile devices,” said Mayank Jain, CEO of StudyPad. “Along with that vision, we are committed to making math education fun and engaging. With the positive feedback that we received from our Splash Math website launch, we are excited that this release will allow children and parents to access their math activities on both the web and iPad.”

Splash Math Features:
* Aligned to Common Core curriculum
* Cross-platform! Access to the Splash Math through the desktop, tablet or phone
* Adaptive Algorithm, so children can learn at their own pace.
* Real-time reports help parents monitor progress

Splash Math is regularly featured by Apple in their hand-picked lists like, Elementary Math apps, New and Noteworthy, What’s Hot and Staff Favorites. In a recent article published by Apple as a part of “Apple and education series,” Kristi Maeeuse, a kindergarten educator, recommended Splash Math as one of her top three favorites.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 195 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 (v.1.0) is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Education category. The app comes with a 7-day free trial. At the end of the trial users can choose between a subscription of $10/month or $79/year.

Splash Math – Grades 1 to 5 – StudyPad, Inc.

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Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 372.67 MB

$FREE

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Since its inception in 2010, StudyPad, a premier education technology company, has successfully infused creativity into content design and development, to build an ecosystem where students, teachers and parents seamlessly interact. StudyPad has been honored by various awards for its pioneer work in technology in education with awards like the Best App Ever Award 2011, Tabby Awards 2012, and Stevie Awards 2013. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2010 – 2013 StudyPad Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.


DoodleMath (Elementary Math) By EZ Education Ltd – Review



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What we love…

huge amount of content allows children to practice areas that they may need to work on and a great app to prevent summertime skills loss

What we’d love to see…

a better parent lock to prevent in inadvertent in-app purchases; the “bomb” game needs tweaking to be more child friendly

Summary

Huge amount of educational content with the in-app purchase and the ability to try before you buy ensures the app will be a good fit for your child.

Our Rating

DoodleMath (Elementary Math)DoodleMath (Elementary Math) by EZ Education LTD is a universal app designed for iOS to help your children either sharpen their math skills, maintain them during the summer or learn new skills.  The app begins with an assessment of your child and their understanding of math skills.  The assessment provides a wide range of questions from telling time, to fractions, to addition and subtraction problems allowing the app to understand which skills need to be worked on the most.  It provides feedback during the assessment if the question is interpreted wrongly allowing you to do it again.  The app will provide feedback to parents and allow them to have reports emailed them on a weekly basis with progress. After the assessment is completed a customized program is set for your child with a variety of problems.  Upon answering correctly, your child is awarded a star.  If the child answers incorrectly a buzzer sounds and if they repeatedly get it wrong the question is skipped and you move on to the next one.  Upon successful completion of each set of ten questions, you are provided with a score, accuracy as well as time spent.  There is no timer for the questions, meaning that your child can spend more time on it as necessary to determine the correct answer.   To learn more about the developers and how the app came to be, check out our developer interview with Tom and Nicola.

I think this app provides a lot of content for the $8.99 in app purchase when you consider the cost of a tutor or even workbooks during elementary school.  The doodle stars provide positive reinforcement to your child and the “help” button allows them to have access to targeted help for each type of question.    The questions are engaging and are easy to mix up so that a child doesn’t answer too many of one type and can continue to practice.  This is a great supplement to summertime learning as well as helping your child after completing their traditional homework as it provides instant reinforcement on progress within the app.  After completing each set of math problems children earn doodle stars which can be used to buy accessories for their pets which are chosen at the beginning of the app.  The accessories range from sunglasses, to hats and hair and even shoes.    There is also a doodle section that allows your child to draw free hand in the app as well after completing their work.  I also liked that the problems had different ways to answer it ranging from selecting an object (in fractions), to sorting from smallest to largest, drawing a line from a problem to an answer.  This allows your child to experience problems in a variety of different formats.

In terms of enhancements – I would like to see the in-app purchase protected by a child lock in the parents section after the pin number is set so that  children can not purchase the app in error (it’s a $8.99 In-app purchase for the full program) and additional students are $7.99 in app purchases.  The parent pages also contain external links to Facebook, Twitter and the Internet but are only accessible after setting a four digit pin number.  Parents can also adjust the program in this section to make it harder and easier for children to practice in the parent setting as well.    I did find that the clocks especially were a bit sensitive to touch and if you accidentally double tapped – you had to clear the entire page before being able to continue on.  I would also really like it if the questions were read out loud for children as an option- although at this age we can expect them to be reading.  This setting would be a helpful one in the parent portal.    Parents should have a pencil and scratch paper accessible during the assessment as not all of the problems have an area for your child to write down the math problem and work it out longhand – it would be a great enhancement in the future to have a “scratch paper” option.  The math explosion portion of the app depicts bombs within it and although they are designed to look like cartoons I do not feel they are appropriate for the app and I think the developer should make them more child friendly.  I would also like to see the parent dashboard NOT pop up when you open the app for the first time as sometimes kids open apps before the parents do.  I would also love it if you could transfer the learning program from an iPad to an iPhone while in progress without having to take the assessment a second time.

Bottom line – lots of content within the app to allow your children to learn and refine their math skills.  The app allows you to “try before you buy” to ensure that it will be a good fit for your family before you make the $8.99 in app purchase for your child.  I had fun testing out this app and putting my own math skills to the test.  The app will provide enjoyment as well as education for your child.  This app is a great alternative to static worksheets and the ability to customize the program to your child’s needs means that it will grow with your child and their skills!

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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

 

Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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