AppDictions App Review
Who loves mathematics? Crickets, crickets ……. hardly anyone, that’s who! But despite the general dislike for anything concerning numbers, math games are surprisingly fun.
A new offering from developer Alan Yungen Chien combines fun and education in a compact, ingenious game called Answer 2 Equations. This addictive game is a wonderful way to test your so-called arithmetic skills—figure out how much (or how little) you’ve actually learned and retained.
It caters to all kinds of players, with four difficulty levels: Easy, Ambitious, Challenging and Mind Blowing. Regardless of the level, users have to figure out the equation that will lead to the answer that is given. The objective is actually very simple, but it is certainly different from other games and as you will learn, somehow more of a challenge as you have to use your arithmetic knowledge to compose the right equation.
For every level except Easy, the player is provided a Scratch Pad. You may use it freely, but try to restrain yourself from resorting to a calculator—it makes the game so much easier and less exciting. The point is to use your mind. Answer 2 Equations will keep you sharper and quicker, you’ll improve math skills you didn’t even know you had.
On the likelihood that you find yourself stuck on a particularly difficult problem, you may turn to the Help button and dig yourself out of the hole with the four options—No Solution, Deal a New Card, Show All Solutions and Hint. Use these wisely though.
The interface is simple, but pleasing enough. There are no unnecessary graphics to clutter the screen, nor too many colors to render it unreadable. This is straight-forward, expect nothing more than a basic layout and number heavy screen.
Answer 2 Equations is a fun time-buster that stretches the brain cells: all that we can ask for in an educational numbers game.
Answer2equations™ is the perfect mathematical combination of fun and learning. There’s a difficulty level for everyone! Solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are 60 total cards, 5 sets of cards numbered 1 thru 12.
The object of the game is to use Arithmetic functions (+ – x /) to come up with Solutions that match the Answer Card. You will be dealt a set of cards and an Answer Card. (the circled arithmetic function only comes into play in the more advanced levels). Using the dealt set of cards, you must come up with equations that result in the Answer Card number. If a solution cannot be found, then a new card is dealt and added to the original set.
There are four level of Game play. Easy, Ambitious, Challenging, and Mind-blowing.
There are a few general rules that must be applied to all levels of play:
1. Players can use pencil and paper, but NO CALCULATORS are allowed.
2. There are no zeros, and no negative numbers.
3. No step of any equation can be made up of two “result numbers” [a result number is
one that comes from the interaction between any two numbers (see sample below)].
4. You must use the result number on the next equation. (the result number will be in
5. To erase an equation or part of an equation, just swipe the equation and the previous cards will show back up on the screen.
6. For the ambitious, challenging and mind-blowing levels, there is a Scratch Pad for you to make free hand calculations.
7. If you get stuck, there is a HELP button. Under the Help button you will see several
a. (NO SOLUTION) will show only if there are no solutions.
b. (DEAL A NEW CARD) will show only if there are no solutions.
c. (SHOW ALL SOLUTIONS) – max 50 solutions.
d. (HINT) will show how to come up with the solutions.
8. Players can set a time limit for each game. To exit a game, touch the answer2equations™ logo (on top left hand corner) to go back to the main menu.
Touch the type of game in order to restart the game (game type next to the answer2equations™ logo).
Set of cards dealt: 3 6 5 8
Answer card dealt: 6
1. 6–5=1 3-1=2 8-2=6
2. 8–3=5 5/5=1 1×6=6
3. 6–3=3 5-3=2 8-2=6
No matter how you decide to play the game, the most important thing is to HAVE FUN!
Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.