Math Duel motivates kids to practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills by pitting them against other kids. With its unique format, kids can play against each other using the same iPad, with the screen split directly down the middle. This design helps kids to truly come face-to-face with their opponents and adds pressure to perform. Those who emerge victorious will experience a renewed confidence in their math skills, while the losers will be itching for a rematch to prove they know their math too.
- One-player mode
- Two player mode
- Focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division
- Increase the difficulty of the problems
The no-frills design will keep kids focused on mathematics. They won’t be distracted by flashy graphics or sound effects. Instead, they’ll focus on appearing the problem that is clearly displayed in front of them and watch the timer quickly tick down. Settings allow players to change the difficulty of the questions and the type of problems they focus on, making it easy to customize the app to their needs. In two-player mode, both players can even compete against one another while playing with different settings.
Math Duel doesn’t focus on teaching kids to complete basic operations. Instead, it allows them to apply what they already know to solve basic math problems. They can start by solving basic addition problems with two terms and move to solving problems that mix operations and feature more terms and larger numbers. Kids who opt to play by themselves will find an intense way to put their math skills to the test, but those who choose two-player mode are the ones who will benefit the most. The drive to win will encourage kids to brush up on their math skills so that when they challenge a friend of classmate to a duel, they’ll be more confident in their ability o emerge victorious.
Kids have access to the setting screen, which allows them to set the largest number possible, the number of terms, and how much time they have. It also allows them to choose whether to focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of the four. While the ability to change these settings doesn’t pose a large problem, it could become frustrating during a multiplayer match, when a player changes the settings to give himself an unfair advantage. It could also be troublesome when parents or teachers want a child to work on a particular skill or at a particular level of difficulty.