HMH debuts mathematics app
Arcade-like puzzle game is designed to help adults and children with math skills, is available in Apple App store
Education publishers Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) have launched an arcade-like puzzle game app for students aged 12+ called Number Stax.
The game is now available in the Apple App Store for $1.99 and was developed by HMH's The Learning Company division, which also developed Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and The Oregon Trail brands.
"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt aims to increase student achievement by providing innovative solutions for the classroom, at home and on the go. By presenting the material in a digital, game-based format, Number Stax makes math accessible, non-threatening, and fun - empowering students to comprehend critical skills," said Bethlam Forsa, EVP Global Product Development for HMH. "Number Stax offers 24/7 math practice that's not only engaging, but also strongly correlated with in-class lessons."
Number Stax is designed to offer fundamental mathematics practice through solving number problems and algebraic equations. Players can increase their score by strategically arranging integer and operation tiles to solve designated numbers or expressions.
Players can also swap tiles, freeze the game against the ticking time clock, and take advantage of bonus operations to eliminate as many tiles as possible and achieve a high score. The speed of the game increases with extended use, and play ends when the tiles in the Number Stax grid reach the top of the screen.
Number Stax targets key skills covered in most grade 5-9 math curricula and is designed to appeal to both adults and children.
"Anyone who enjoys puzzles or brain games will find Number Stax entertaining," said Forsa.
Number Stax has 20 levels of difficulty, with 10 in Number Mode and 10 in Algebra Mode, an instructional tutorial with helpful directions and game-playing tips.
Number Stax is available for all Apple iOS devices including iPad, iPhone and iPod touch