# Mystery Math Town – Another Great Kids Educational App from Artgig

Mystery Math Town, by Artgig Studio, is a great new app that draws kids into the mystery of math. This app calls for real thinking and problem-solving ability, which often takes a backseat to learning basic math skills. Get started by adding yourself as a new player. Playing as a guest doesn’t give you the added benefit of making your own avatar, which was a huge hit with the kids. The settings page appears next, where you can choose what skills to play with.

Addition, Subtraction, and Multiplication are the three categories offered here. Unfortunately, the division doesn’t figure into the game, equation-wise. But the added bonus of dice and tally marks make this a minor detail. You begin with a plea for HELP from an adorable, ghostly firefly that needs your assistance releasing all the fireflies that have been captured in jars and hidden all over town. You can then start your journey in the first house or the gallery. Next, collect the numbers (can be in dice form, or tally marks, or your regular number symbols) on the screen to save and use to solve equations. You can’t progress into the next room without solving the equation properly, using the symbols stored at the bottom of the screen. You navigate from room to room, in the search of fireflies to set free. It took me a bit to get oriented, but the kids intuitively got the hang of it right away.

Your mission: Help a friendly and curious little ghost rescue the fireflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Town. Players use math skills to unlock rooms and passages on their enchanting journey. Along the way, you can also earn talking portraits of the townspeople for your Gallery. Every picture has a story to tell and the colorful cast of characters in this town have plenty to say. What's really fun is the option to choose your own path, which gives you the choice between two possible math problems to solve... that is, IF you have enough, and the correct, numbers to actually solve the problem. Yes, thinking is big here. Remember to either use or collect the numbers as you travel from room to room. You can easily get a wrong answer and go back to collect more numbers; then proceed or choose another path in that room. There are several wild cards in the form of free lifesavers to use when you run out of options and want to continue. Occasionally, you will get stuck in a room with no way out and will have to turn around. We like that the activities are captivating, which means children will play and play. The kids like the option to choose their own path, all the exciting visuals, and being on a mission. So fun! Your mission: Help a friendly and curious little ghost rescue the fireflies that are hidden in Mystery Math Town. Players use math skills to unlock rooms and passages on their enchanting journey. Along the way, you can also earn talking portraits of the townspeople for your Gallery. Every picture has a story to tell and the colorful cast of characters in this town have plenty to say. The power of the app is demonstrated by the amount of time the kids spend using it. They get completely caught up and want to stay with the game. By switching the settings this game can be very challenging... and beware, addictive!

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