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Fresh Android Games for Jan. 6: Math Scramble, WordsHunter, Science Millionaire

by Ian Black

You’ve heard the saying, "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?" Well, all play and no work makes Jack stupid. So, smarten up – Jack! Play some educational games and get the ol’ noggin working again. These thinkin’ games are as fresh as dawn striking Marblehead.

Math Scramble (Free)

Billed as Scrabble meets math, this app gives you a board of balls, each containing a number or a mathematical operator. The challenge shows at the bottom: create an equation that equals 23, for example. Then you draw across adjacent balls with your finger, up down, left and right, until you’ve met the goal. The more balls used in your answer, the higher your score. Great for teaching kids to think fast.

WordsHunter ($0.99)

Ratchet up the pressure of word jumbles with explosives in this frantic word game! In "action mode," If you’re too slow in finding the prescribed word in this app's huge table of mixed up letters, some of the letters will start blowing up. Sissies can turn the setting down to "normal" level to stop the pyrotechnics, if needed.

Science Millionaire Free Game (Free)

Remember the TV Game show – Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Well, this app recreates that popular show except every question is a science question. Specifically, from the fields of Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Biology.

Like the show, you can ask for 50/50 where half the wrong answers get deleted or you could certainly phone a friend ‘cause you have your phone in your hands. But, whichever the case, you’ll need to answer 15 questions, correctly, in a row to win the 1,000,000 points.