Love it or hate it, math is a big part of our world. Whether you were a math whiz in school, or never really fell in love with numbers, it never hurts to keep that part of your brain sharp. Thanks to smartphones and apps, you can now carry convenient math games right in your pocket and play them when you have a spare moment. Your mind will thank you later in life if you keep challenging it to stay agile when it comes to calculation. Here are a 6 best mathematical games that are both entertaining and helpful in building (and keeping) your math skills.
This game is based on a popular UK game show called ‘Countdown’. You are given a three digit number along with a set of six separate numbers. The goal is to use only addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using each number once, to create the original three digit number. There can be multiple solutions and it’s a fantastic way to think creatively and hone the most basic everyday math skills.
This is a very simple game but also great for maintaining strong basic math abilities. You’re given an equation with parts missing and you simply need to fill in the missing terms. You’ll need to glance at all of the possibilities and run them through your head so it’s quick mental calisthenics.
If you weren’t aware of the Sudoku craze of the past decade or so, it’s an addictive puzzle game where 9 grids of 9 spaces must each contain the numbers 1 through 9 as well as having the larger grid have all rows and columns being 1 through 9 with no repeats. You’ll have to use inductive reasoning and quick calculation and it’s a lot of fun if you’ve never tried it.
This popular app allows you to swipe rows and columns of numbers to create multiples of three as you attempt to reach a high score. It’s addictive because of how simple the controls are and getting a high score is quite rewarding.
If you want to learn a bit more serious math, Algebra Tutor acts both as a game and a real learning device. You’ll be guided through basic algebra to linear equations with fun exercises throughout. It’s great for students currently learning the subject or for anyone with an interest in algebra.
6. Math Effect
Here you are given an equation that has already been solved, you simply need to tell if it’s correct or not. It’s a fun change from actively solving equations and is definitely a challenge. However, if you give a wrong answer, it’s game over immediately which adds to the pressure.