Cracking maths related fun
Another pretty decent entry into the genre of edutainment, Math Rescue is a simple but generally entertaining little game that is perfect for teaching the wee ones all about the fun that is mathematics. It's got all the bright, vibrant visuals and charming characters that such a game needs and delivers on the educational front, so if you're looking for something to teach the kids and give them a good time, then this is worth digging out. The game gets off to a good start, with a suitably dramatic storyline that is sure to have the kids quaking in their boots with fear: all the numbers in the world have disappeared. Of course, it's up to the player to recover these lost numerals and this requires them to travel through a series of variously themed levels, solving puzzles and avoiding nasties as they go. As a platformer, this is pretty simple stuff but well enough executed, with some inventive design work for the individual levels and the enemies themselves, with plenty of appropriately nasty creatures to avoid and sort out. The maths problems too are integrated well into the main gameplay and don't intrude on the fun but merely serve to enhance it, elevating the game from being a basic platformer to something a little more. A variety of skills are tested as the game progresses and thanks to the sheer fun factor on display here, it's likely the kids won't even notice they are learning as they play, so if you're in the market for a bit of maths-related gaming to keep the young ones entertained, this is more than worth a look and sits nicely alongside edutainment titles like Cross Country Canada and Carmen Sandiego.