Tuesday, January 7, 2014

App Review: YodelOh! Math Mountain

When I was little, we lived for a while with my 'Buelita. She's the reason I fell in love with The Price Is Right. And one of my favorite games on that show was the one with the little Swiss? mountain climber complete with lederhosen whom you had to help climb to the top of the mountain without him falling off the cliff. So imagine my delight upon discovering this educational app based on the same premise!

Name: YodelOh! Math Mountain
Subject(s): Math
Available on: iPad, iPhone, Nook, Amazon, Google Play 
Brief Description:  A fast-paced game to reinforce basic math skills.
Price: $2.99 
Language: English 
Ages: 9 and up 

What my kids like:  

- The quick pace. But I have to admit that they also dislike it for the same reason! This game goes by quickly and keeps the player on his or her toes. There's a lot going on. Not only do they have to solve the equation, but they also have to be on the lookout for crazed billy goats trying to push them off the mountain (don't worry, they disappear with the tap of a finger!), plus briefly appearing images that grant bonus points when tapped. 

- The music! 

- The colorful graphics. Seriously, who wouldn't love the cheerful mountain climber and the angry goats?

-There's no limit. They can play as long as they can keep guessing the right answers and stop those crazy goats from touching their mountain climber!

What I like: As a teacher, I like that I/they can choose the subject of the equations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, or a combination of all four. It helps me to focus them on one particular skill, if they need extra practice. I also like that there are NO 3rd-party ads, social networks, location tracking, easy web access, or in-app purchase opportunities. You download the game and just play.

While it is technically in English, there's really not a lot of language used except for Math - a universal language, no?

I think it is totally worth every penny, and I use it to sneak in learning during fun breaks in our math studies.

Here are a few additional pictures to give you a better idea...


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