Appolicious powers Verizon Educational Tools

Math Scramble app adds up to a real challenge

by Tim McLain

As a charter member of the math-disabled class, I was more than a little nervous to give Sillycube's Math Scramble a go. After all, the app is a successful mashup of basic math concepts (of course), but wrapped into a unique three-dimensional, Scrabble-like puzzle game.

The result is a brain trainer/challenge app that will put a smile on math lovers' faces everywhere, and offer students an on-the-go "brush up" title to keep their skills extra-sharp. Math Scramble starts off with relatively simple equations, and quickly ramps up the difficulty.

As a young student, flashcards were the order of my day. Instead of seeing 2 + 2 and answering 4 (my 1970's flashcard), this app offers today's students a set of numbers and symbols (plus, minus, times) arrayed across five rows. You're given a final sum to reach — let's say 4 — and then asked to drag your finger over the game board to form an equation that will net this result.

Keep in mind that there's always more than one way to solve each puzzle. So dragging over 2 + 2 will certainly get the job done. But you could also select 4 x 1 or 1 + 1 + 2 and even 4 x 2 + 8 - 6 - 6 (That last one hurt a little).

The longer your equation to reach each sum, the more points you'll score. So math enthusiasts, take your time, plan your attack, and make some super-long strings of numbers and symbols to reach your own personal math nerdvana.

Better (worse?) still, a little timer is grinding away in the upper-right corner of the app, reminding you that you posses little natural talent for this kind of thing, should have gotten tutoring a long time ago, and are downright hopeless. Your results and internal monologue might vary.