You put your math skills to the test with this fun, yet educational game, Math Blaster. Its retro graphics remind you of a time long ago in school where learning was enjoyable through easy-to-control computer games. Math Blaster doesn’t fail to capture this idea from the graphics to the sounds; it’s a blast from the past. Along with the aged graphics and a retro-inspired spaceship, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise to hear a gritty video quality to match, which does complement the game rather than diminish the quality of it, as it only further adds to the retro feel of it all.
The game is set in what is assumed to be the future as you travel from the cockpit of a spaceship alongside what you assume to be your pesky, robot sidekick. You are then introduced to a slew of interesting characters within a few moments of the beginning of the game. You’re taken along this mathematical journey by a talking robot that introduces the concept of the game by sending you on a mission. Your intent in the game is to find your lost pet, Spot. The first stage of this journey into outer space is by eliminating trash which is where math comes in. You’re shown a simple math problem to figure and are offered a broad range of numbers that are displayed on various, floating junk that spirals endlessly within outer space.
The tricky part of this depends on how well you aim at the trash that has the correct answer displayed on it. If you can manage that feat, you’re good to go with the math blaster. But, you also have to balance destroying enemies’ spaceships as well as answering simple math questions. A task I found slightly difficult yet nevertheless fun. With this balancing act among tasks, I feel it not only keeps the player’s attention but also keeps them excited to learn as well as play in between. From there, you’re swept up into a game of adding and aiming; an idea I took to almost instantly. Its concept as well as its choices in difficulty welcomes a diverse set of players. Whether you’re old or young, you’re bound to enjoy attempting to beat your own score with your savvy math skills.
When I mention older crowds, there are always options to challenge yourself with. When setting up your game, you’re given the options to customize your math experience by setting math levels as well as choosing the amount of lives given to you. I, for one, being not quite gifted in math, choose low math levels and the highest amount of lives. Even if you may not be as skilled in math and rarely find enjoyment in it, this game places a math lesson within a typical game that makes it not only easy but fun. It most definitely is a game that is bound to grab your attention with a blast of math.