Overall Rating: B+

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Playing Time: The playing time can be as long as you want and as many times as you want. The timer can be set from 3 seconds to unlimited time.

Date: May 20, 1999

Cost: Could not find.

Number of Players: One child can play alone or two children can play against one another. Except in math detective only one person can play at a time.

Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: Mac 3.0 or higher

Subject Area: Math

Objectives: Math Stars meets the needs of children looking to practice their beginning math skills. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are all included in this program. The more advanced student can add negative numbers and even solve for x. Students can play solo or they can go head-to-head. The child who answers ten out of ten correctly within the allotted time receives a gold star.

Brief Description: There are two seperate games that can be played. The first game can be played solo or against an opponent. Math equations come up on the screen either vertically or horizontally, whatever your preference, and the child has to answer the problem within a certain amount of time(preset on the timer), or they can take as long as they want. Whomever wins receives a gold star under their name. The math detective game can only be played solo. A math problem comes up on the screen and the child has to find the multiple answers in the grid of numbers, again the timer is optional.

Entry Capabilities Required: Basic remedial math skills are required along with knowledge of numberpad.

**Rating: (1-5)**

- Relevance to objectives: (5) Relevant
to objectives in that children practice their math skills while playing
against another student or going against the timer.

Provides practice of relevant skills: (5) Children can enhance there math skills at a remedial level or at a slightly more advanced level.

Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (3.5) As with any new game interest would be aroused initially but, I can see where this particular game would become monotonous quickly. I don't think it is something they would come back to if they were given other choices.

Likely to be comprehended clearly: (4) Children may not be able to understand the game initially but, they would figure it out quickly, upon starting.

Technical quality (durable, attractive): (4 ) The graphics are slightly dull. I can see where a child may get bored easily.

Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): (4.5) The child cannot win unless they answer more correct questions than their opponent or in a shorter amount of time.

Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): (5) The game is quite realistic. There isn't any animation basically, it is just answering math problems.

Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): NA

Clear directions for play: (4.5) The directions are clear in the options page. If a child can read then they should not have any problems.

Effectiveness of debriefing:(4.5) Students who answer ten of ten questions in a round with the allotted time earn a gold star in the player screen. The questions the student got wrong show up in the column next to the game. However, the student cannot go back to them but, merely write them down.

Weak Points: This program lacks in the entertainment area. I can see where a child would become bored quickly. Young children like animation and if this program had more it would be more entising for children.

Reviewer: Meissa Livingston

Position:Student Gred 518

Date: June 7, 1999

Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC G323364MB