Adventures in Math is a solid game for practicing basic math operations. You are entering an old castle and have to find the exit while collecting as many treasures as you can. In order to open doors or collect treasures, you have to solve a problem. It is very simple and tends to be more interesting than simply being a math quiz.
At the beginning you have to choose which operations you want to practice and the size of the castle. The castle is a preordered maze of rooms. The medium castle is like a small one with additional rooms, while the large castle is like a medium one with additional rooms. So, it is recommended that kids play in smaller castles first until they memorize the rooms. Still, even the large castle is not too complicated. In the case that you are visiting the same room again you’ll be notified about it, so if you get lost, you will find the right way sooner or later. There is also a two player mode in case you want to play with a friend. Two players are exploring the castles separately and the game switches to the other player after the current one has made some progress.
Opening doors is easier than picking treasures. If your answer was wrong, you will be shown the correct one. You can try the same action again by solving another problem. However, you have only one try for certain treasures. If you are wrong, a spider will appear and take it away, but you get more points for treasures than doors.
The numbers can go up to 1000, so the game may not be the best for introducing basic operations to children. They should practice with easier problems and afterwards play Adventures in Math for additional practice. The treasures and the castles will surely be interesting to them, while the problems can be very challenging. Recommended for those that need to master the basic operations.
Use RUN.BAT to start the game. The game works under Windows but will probably work too fast. Use DOSBox to slow it down so you can read the correct answers.
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