Math Blaster Hyperblast 2 HD (universal) by Knowledge Adventure Inc. defies the typical simplicity and cuteness factor of many child’s games, a challenging arcade racer that requires players to utilize their math skills to obtain items such as new weapons.
When starting the game, players select a math subject: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and standard form. Some of the subjects will allow players to select a difficulty level within that subject. For instance, in addition, players can choose sum to eight, ten, twelve, eighteen, or twenty four. Additional gameplay options are the ability to customize the character, cycle, and weapons.
Players ride their character on a hypercycle making sure they avoid obstacles or pick up rewards along the tunnel. Steering is done by tilting the iDevice, and works well on both iPhone and iPad. When the player comes to the end of each level, they must defeat the alien boss by using their math skills.
Below the alien boss, players will see a math problem that needs to be solved. The answer is on one of the tentacles of the alien boss. Users must tap the correct number in order to get to the next math problem. The faster the problems are answered correctly, the more points a player receives. When the alien boss is defeated, the player moves on to the next level. Each level gets increasingly more difficult in obstacles and in math problems.
As a whole, I like Math Blaster Hyperblast 2 HD and how it incorporates arcade-style gameplay with learning. I love how it can be customized to focus on specific subjects so children can focus on one particular thing. The only problem I had was the responsiveness of selecting the answer. There is a certain spot that needs to be tapped and it isn’t always the number, which can cause some minor frustrations along the way.
Once I figured out the quirkiness with it, I had fun. I could definitely see using this to help a child build their math skills while allowing them to have fun at the same time. Math Blaster Hyperblast 2 HD is a gret math game for kids that doesn’t sacrifice action thrills for educational value, or vice versa.